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College Football Bowl Projections for 2015

Ohio State 2014 national championship

Ohio State 2014 national championship

College football’s new playoff format was a huge success. The four-team playoff generated huge ratings and provided what the fans wanted in a postseason: A chance to settle it on the field.

As the second season of the playoff approaches, the bowl schedule has expanded to 41 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will be on Dec. 31 instead of Jan. 1. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in Glendale, Ariz.

With the 2015 season less than 60 days away, it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. 

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2015 College Football Conference Predictions

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Group of 5: American | C-USAMACMountain WestSun Belt

College Football 2015 Bowl Projections

Bowl

Date

Tie-In

Projection

AutoNation Cure

Dec. 19

Sun Belt vs.
American

Georgia Southern vs.
UCF 

Gildan New Mexico

Dec. 19

C-USA vs.
MW

 Louisiana Tech vs.
San Diego State 

Royal PurpleLas Vegas

Dec. 19

MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

 California vs.
Utah State 

Raycom MediaCamellia

Dec. 19

MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.
Akron 

R+L CarriersNew Orleans

Dec. 19

MW vs.
Sun Belt

 UTEP vs. 
UL Lafayette 

Miami Beach

Dec. 21

American vs.
C-USA

 WKU vs. 
Cincinnati 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

MAC vs.
MW

 Bowling Green vs.
Nevada 

Boca Raton

Dec. 22

American vs.
MAC

 East Carolina vs.
Toledo 

SDCCU Poinsettia

Dec. 23

Mountain West vs.
Army

 Colorado State vs.
Washington* 

GoDaddy

Dec. 23

MAC vs. Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.
Western Michigan 

Popeyes Bahamas

Dec. 24

C-USA vs. MAC

 MTSU vs. 
Northern Illinois 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

American vs.
BYU/MW

 Temple vs.
BYU 

St. Petersburg

Dec. 26

C-USA vs. 
American

 Houston vs.
Marshall 

Hyundai Sun

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

 Georgia Tech vs.
Arizona 

Zaxby's Heart ofDallas

Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.
C-USA

 Texas Tech vs.
Rice 

New Era Pinstripe

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Virginia Tech vs.
Michigan 

Independence

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 North Carolina vs.
Kentucky 

Foster Farms

Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Minnesota vs.
UCLA 

Military

Dec. 28

ACC/ND vs.
American

 Louisville vs.
Navy 

Quick Lane

Dec. 28

ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Northwestern vs.
Pittsburgh 

Lockheed MartinArmed Forces

Dec. 29

MW vs.
Big Ten

 Maryland vs.
Air Force 

Russell Athletic

Dec. 29

ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Notre Dame vs.
West Virginia 

AdvoCare V100Texas

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs.
SEC

 LSU vs.
Oklahoma State 

Birmingham

Dec. 30

American vs.
SEC

 South Carolina vs.
Memphis 

Belk

Dec. 30

ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 NC State vs.
Florida 

Franklin American
Music City

Dec. 30

ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Iowa vs.
Missouri 

National University
Holiday

Dec. 30

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Stanford vs. 
Penn State 

Outback

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Arkansas vs.
Nebraska 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Wisconsin vs.
Tennessee 

TaxSlayer

Jan. 2

ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Clemson vs.
Texas A&M 

AutoZone Liberty

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 Mississippi State vs.
Texas 

Valero Alamo

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Arizona State vs.
Oklahoma 

Cactus

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

 Kansas State vs.
Utah 

Arizona

TBA

MW vs.
C-USA

 Miami* vs.
Indiana* 

 

 

 

 

Chick-fil-A Peach

Dec. 31

At-large vs.
At-large

 Florida State vs.
Georgia 

Fiesta

Jan. 1

At-large vs.
At-large

 Boise State vs.
Oregon 

Rose

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Michigan State vs.
USC 

Sugar

Jan. 1

SEC vs.
Big 12

 Ole Miss vs. 
TCU 

 

 

 

 

Cotton

Dec. 31

Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.
Auburn 

Orange

Dec. 31

Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.
Baylor 

National Championship

Jan. 11

Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Ohio State over
Alabama  

* According to our projections, these teams will fill at-large selections as some conferences will fail to fill their allotted slots.