College Football Bowl Projections After Week 11

Projecting every bowl and playoff game after Week 11

The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just under two months away, but with Week 11 in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan are Athlon's projected picks after Week 11 to reach the CFB Playoff. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are a notch above the rest of the NCAA, with the Fighting Irish up next, followed by Michigan as the predicted champion of the Big Ten. Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State are the top teams with one loss still in the mix to make the playoff. UCF remains the top team from the Group of 5 ranks, with Utah State, Boise State and Fresno State from the Mountain West in the next tier.

 

The 2018-19 bowl schedule features 40 overall games (most airing on ESPN, ABC and CBS) including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will take place on Dec. 29 this season. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jan. 7. 

 

The post-Week 11 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 11 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks. Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Southern Miss, Wyoming, Air Force, Arizona, Louisiana, Miami (Ohio), Akron and Coastal Carolina are just on the outside of our bowl projections.

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 11:

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 11)
Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Mexico Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 San Diego State vs.

MTSU 

Cure Dec. 15

American vs.

Sun Belt

 SMU vs.

Arkansas State 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

 Utah State vs.

USC    

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 ULM vs.

Ohio   

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Troy vs.

UAB  

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

 Memphis vs.

FAU   

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 Tulane vs.

BYU*  

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

 Cincinnati vs. 

Miami   

Bahamas Dec. 21

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Buffalo vs.

FIU    

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21

Mountain West vs.

MAC

 Toledo vs. 

Boise State    

Birmingham Dec. 22

American vs.

SEC

 USF vs.

Stanford*  

Armed Forces Dec. 22

American vs. 

Big 12

 Houston vs.

Army*  

Dollar General Dec. 22

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs. 

Northern Illinois   

Hawaii Dec. 22

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Marshall vs.

Hawaii  

First Responder Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

North Texas vs.

Nevada*  

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Purdue vs.

Georgia Tech 

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Baylor vs.

Arizona State 

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Duke vs.

Louisiana Tech* 

Pinstripe Dec. 27

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Wisconsin vs.

Syracuse  

Texas Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 Mississippi State vs.

Texas Tech     

Music City Dec. 28

SEC vs.

Big Ten/ACC

 Boston College vs.

Missouri    

Camping World Dec. 28

ACC vs. 

Big 12

 NC State vs.

Iowa State   

Arizona Dec. 28

Mountain West vs.

Sun Belt

 Fresno State vs. 

Appalachian State  

Alamo Dec. 28

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Texas vs.

Utah  

Belk Dec. 29

ACC vs. 

SEC

 Auburn vs. 

Virginia  

Redbox Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

California vs.

Minnesota    

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

Temple vs.

Virginia Tech    

Liberty Dec. 31

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma State vs.

Tennessee   

Holiday Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Washington vs.

Iowa  

TaxSlayer

Gator

Dec. 31

SEC vs.

ACC/Big Ten

 South Carolina vs.

Northwestern   

Sun Dec. 31

ACC vs.

Pac-12

 Oregon vs.

Pitt  

Outback Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Michigan State vs.

Texas A&M   

Citrus Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Kentucky vs. 

Penn State    

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 29

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 LSU vs.

West Virginia  

Fiesta Jan. 1

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Florida vs.

UCF     

Rose Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Ohio State vs.

Washington State   

Sugar Jan. 1

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma vs. 

Georgia   

       

College Football Playoff

Orange Dec. 29

Playoff

Semifinal

 Clemson vs.

Notre Dame   

Cotton Dec. 29

Playoff 

Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Michigan 

       

National Championship

CFB National Championship

(Santa Clara, Calif.)

Jan. 7

Orange Winner vs.

Cotton Bowl Winner

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

* Indicates conference not expected to fill allotted slots. At-large team will be selected to fill that spot.

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