College Football Bowl Projections for 2015

Projecting bowl and playoff games for 2015.

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. 

 

2015 College Football Conference Predictions
 

Power 5: ACC Big 12 Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC
 

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 Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19 MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12
 California vs.
Utah State 
Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19 MAC vs.
Sun Belt
 Appalachian State vs.
Akron 
R+L Carriers
New 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 of
Dallas
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 Martin
Armed 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 V100
Texas
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.

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