College Football Bowl Projections After Week 13

Projecting every bowl and playoff game after Week 13

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)
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

 Western Michigan* vs.

Louisiana 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

 Boise State vs.

Arizona State    

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Troy vs.

Northern Illinois   

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

UAB  

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

 USF vs.

MTSU   

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 Tulane vs.

Eastern Michigan*  

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

 Cincinnati vs. 

Duke   

Bahamas Dec. 21

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Toledo vs.

FIU    

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21

Mountain West vs.

MAC

 Ohio vs. 

Utah State     

Birmingham Dec. 22

American vs.

SEC

 Memphis vs. 

Army*  

Armed Forces Dec. 22

American vs. 

Big 12

 Houston vs.

TCU  

Dollar General Dec. 22

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs. 

Buffalo  

Hawaii Dec. 22

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Marshall vs.

Hawaii  

First Responder Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

North Texas vs.

BYU*  

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Boston College vs. 

Minnesota  

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Baylor vs.

Fresno State 

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Georgia Tech 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

 Michigan State vs.

South Carolina    

Camping World Dec. 28

ACC vs. 

Big 12

 NC State vs.

West Virginia   

Arizona Dec. 28

Mountain West vs.

Sun Belt

 San Diego State 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

Stanford vs.

Wisconsin    

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

Temple vs.

Virginia Tech    

Liberty Dec. 31

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma State vs.

Vanderbilt   

Holiday Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Oregon vs.

Iowa  

TaxSlayer

Gator

Dec. 31

SEC vs.

ACC/Big Ten

 Missouri vs.

Miami   

Sun Dec. 31

ACC vs.

Pac-12

 California vs.

Pitt  

Outback Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Northwestern 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.

Washington State  

Fiesta Jan. 1

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Florida vs.

UCF     

Rose Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Michigan vs.

Washington   

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.

Ohio State 

       

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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