College Football Bowl Projections After Week 9

Projecting every bowl and playoff game after Week 9

The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just under two months away, but with Week 9 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 9 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. LSU, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma 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 Houston, Fresno State and Utah State 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 9 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 nine weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 9:

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 9)
Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Mexico Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Utah State vs.

MTSU 

Cure Dec. 15

American vs.

Sun Belt

 Eastern Michigan* vs.

Arkansas State 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

 Fresno State vs.

Stanford    

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Troy vs.

Ohio   

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Louisiana vs.

UAB  

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

 Marshall vs.

Memphis   

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 Army* vs.

Nevada*  

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

Temple vs. 

Western Michigan*    

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.

BYU*  

Armed Forces Dec. 22

American vs. 

Big 12

 Houston vs.

Baylor  

Dollar General Dec. 22

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs. 

Northern Illinois   

Hawaii Dec. 22

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 California* vs.

Hawaii  

First Responder Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

North Texas vs.

Arizona State*  

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Minnesota vs.

Georgia Tech 

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Texas Tech vs.

Colorado 

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Duke vs.

Louisiana Tech* 

Pinstripe Dec. 27

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Maryland vs.

Syracuse  

Texas Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 Mississippi State vs.

Iowa State    

Music City Dec. 28

SEC vs.

Big Ten/ACC

 South Carolina vs.

Miami   

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.

Appalachian State  

Alamo Dec. 28

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Texas vs.

Utah  

Belk Dec. 29

ACC vs. 

SEC

 Missouri vs. 

Virginia  

Redbox Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

USC vs.

Northwestern    

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

Cincinnati vs.

Virginia Tech    

Liberty Dec. 31

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma State vs.

Tennessee   

Holiday Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Washington vs.

Wisconsin  

TaxSlayer

Gator

Dec. 31

SEC vs.

ACC/Big Ten

 Auburn vs.

Purdue   

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. 

Iowa   

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 29

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Georgia 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. 

LSU  

       

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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