College Football Bowl Projections for 2014

Athlon projects the bowls and playoff for 2014.

 

College football’s postseason format has changed significantly last year, with 2014 the first season of a four-team playoff.

As a result of the new playoff format, the changes in the postseason extended to the bowl games.

Whether it was a change in date or conference affiliation, nearly every bowl game was impacted by the new format.

While there will be an adjustment period on remembering all of the new tie-ins and bowl affiliations, the bowl lineup for 2014 and beyond has improved.

Counting the three playoff games, there will be 39 bowl games for 2014. The postseason is set to start on Dec. 20, with five games scheduled to take place, starting with the New Orleans Bowl between the Sun Belt and Mountain West.


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College Football's 2014 Bowl Projections

Bowl Date Tie-In Projection
New Orleans
 
Dec. 20 Sun Belt vs.
Mountain West
 UL Lafayette  vs.
Utah State 
New Mexico Dec. 20 C-USA vs.
Mountain West
 North Texas vs.
San Diego State 
Las Vegas Dec. 20 Mountain West
vs. Pac-12 No. 6
 Arizona vs.
Boise State 
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 20 MAC vs.
Mountain West
 Ball State vs. 
Nevada 
Camellia Dec. 20 MAC vs.
Sun Belt
 Arkansas State vs.
Toledo 
Miami Beach Dec. 23 American vs.
BYU
  BYU vs.
East Carolina 
Boca Raton Dec. 23 C-USA vs. 
MAC
 FAU vs.
Northern Illinois 
Poinsettia Dec. 23 Mountain West vs.
Navy
 Fresno State vs. 
Navy 
Bahamas Dec. 24 C-USA vs.
MAC
 MTSU vs.
Ohio 
Hawaii Dec. 24 C-USA vs. 
Mountain West
 Colorado State vs.
Rice 
Heart of Dallas Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. 
C-USA
Maryland vs. 
UTSA 
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Dec. 26 ACC No. 10 vs.
American
 Georgia Tech vs.
USF 
Military Dec. 27 ACC No. 7-9 vs.
American Athletic
Cincinnati vs.
Pittsburgh 
Sun Dec. 27 ACC No. 3-6 vs.
Pac-12 No. 5
 Miami vs. 
Washington 
Pinstripe Dec. 27 ACC No. 3-6 vs.
Big Ten No. 5-7
 Nebraska vs.
North Carolina 
Independence Dec. 27 ACC No. 7-9 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Duke vs.
Utah* 
Holiday Dec. 27 Big Ten No. 2-4 vs.
Pac-12 No. 3
 Michigan vs.
USC 
Liberty Dec. 29 Big 12 No. 5 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Oklahoma State vs.
Tennessee 
Russell Athletic Dec. 29 ACC No. 2 vs.
Big 12 No. 3
 Notre Dame vs. 
Kansas State 
Texas Dec. 29 Big 12 No. 4 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Texas A&M vs.
TCU 
Detroit Dec. 30 ACC No. 7-9 vs.
Big Ten
 Northwestern vs.
Syracuse 
Belk Dec. 30 ACC No. 3-6 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Louisville vs.
Mississippi State 
San Francisco Dec. 30 Big Ten No. 5-7 vs.
Pac-12 No. 4
Arizona State vs.
Minnesota 
Music City Dec. 30 ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Iowa vs.
Missouri 
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC No. 2 vs
Big Ten/ACC
Ohio State vs.
Ole Miss 
Outback Jan. 1 Big Ten No. 2-4 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Florida vs. 
Wisconsin 
Armed Forces Jan. 2 American/Army vs.
Big 12 No. 7
 Houston vs.
Oregon State* 
TaxSlayer Jan. 2 ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Virginia Tech vs.
LSU 
Alamo Jan. 2 Big 12 No. 2 vs.
Pac-12 No. 2
 Stanford vs. 
Texas 
Cactus Jan. 2 Big 12 No. 6 vs. 
Pac-12 No. 7
 Texas Tech vs.
Washington State 
Birmingham Jan. 3 American vs. 
SEC No. 9
 UCF vs.
Vanderbilt 
GoDaddy Jan. 4 MAC vs. 
Sun Belt
 Bowling Green vs.
South Alabama 
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New Year's Bowls
Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 31 At-large vs.
At-large

 Georgia vs.
Marshall 

Fiesta Dec. 31 At-large vs.
At-large 
 UCLA vs.
South Carolina 
Orange Dec. 31 ACC No. 1 vs. 
Big Ten/ND/SEC
 Clemson vs.
Auburn 
Cotton Jan. 1 At-large vs. 
At-large
 Michigan State vs. 
Baylor 
       
College Football Playoff
Rose Jan. 1 Playoff Semifinal Alabama vs.
Oklahoma 
Sugar Jan. 1 Playoff Semifinal  Florida State vs.
Oregon 
CFB Championship Jan. 12 Semifinal Winner vs.
Semifinal Winner
 Florida State over
Alabama 

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