The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just one month away, but with Week 13 in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State are Athlon's projected picks after Week 13 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 at No. 3. The No. 4 spot is a close call between Oklahoma and Ohio State. A slight edge goes to the Buckeyes here, but a strong case could be made for the Sooners. Georgia could throw some chaos into the playoff discussion with a win over Alabama. UCF remains the top team from the Group of 5 ranks, with 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 13 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for Week 14, preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 13 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next week. Wake Forest, Miami (Ohio), Wyoming and ULM are just on the outside of our bowl projections. Virginia Tech rejoins the projections thanks to a win over Virginia, but the Hokies still need a win over Marshall on Saturday to get bowl eligible. If the Hokies lose, Wake Forest would bump into the projections.
How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 13:
College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 13)
* Indicates conference not expected to fill allotted slots. At-large team will be selected to fill that spot.