College Football Bowl Projections After Week 12

Projecting every bowl and playoff game after Week 12

The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just one month away, but with Week 12 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 12 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 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. Penn State is projected as the final team into a New Year's Six Bowl, but Texas could play its way in over the next two weeks.

 

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 12 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 12 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks. Western Michigan, Maryland, Wake Forest, Florida State, Indiana, TCU, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Miami (Ohio), and Coastal Carolina are just on the outside of our bowl projections. Week 13 matchups between Texas Tech-Baylor and Vanderbilt-Tennessee will decide which team goes to a bowl game or finishes 5-7.

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 12:

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 12)
Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Mexico Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Nevada vs.

Southern Miss 

Cure Dec. 15

American vs.

Sun Belt

 SMU vs.

Louisiana 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

 Boise State vs.

Arizona State    

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 ULM vs.

Ohio   

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

UAB  

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

 Memphis vs.

MTSU   

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 Tulane vs.

Eastern Michigan*  

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

 Cincinnati vs. 

FAU   

Bahamas Dec. 21

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Buffalo vs.

FIU    

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21

Mountain West vs.

MAC

 Toledo vs. 

Utah State     

Birmingham Dec. 22

American vs.

SEC

 USF vs.

Troy*  

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.

San Diego State*  

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Miami vs. 

BYU*  

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Texas Tech vs.

Stanford 

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Duke vs.

Louisiana Tech* 

Pinstripe Dec. 27

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Purdue vs.

Syracuse  

Texas Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 Mississippi State vs.

Iowa State     

Music City Dec. 28

SEC vs.

Big Ten/ACC

 Pitt vs.

Missouri    

Camping World Dec. 28

ACC vs. 

Big 12

 NC State vs.

West Virginia   

Arizona Dec. 28

Mountain West vs.

Sun Belt

 Wyoming vs. 

Arkansas 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.

Fresno State*    

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

Temple vs.

Georgia 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.

Boston College  

Outback Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Michigan State vs.

Texas A&M   

Citrus Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Kentucky vs. 

Wisconsin    

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 29

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 LSU vs.

Penn State  

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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