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College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

College Football Bowl Projections: Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

College Football Bowl Projections: Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just one month away, but with Week 14 in the books and the regular season completed, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are Athlon's projected picks after Week 14 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, Georgia and Ohio State. However, we give a slight nod to the Sooners over the Bulldogs for the No. 4 spot. At 13-0 and the champion of the American Athletic Conference, UCF will be back in the New Year's Six for the second year in a row. 

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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. 

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Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Wyoming and ULM are just on the outside of our bowl projections. 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 14:

Editor's Note: This is the set bowl schedule, updated on Dec. 3 to reflect final announcement of games.

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 14)

* Indicates conference not expected to fill allotted slots. At-large team will be selected to fill that spot.

Teams in bold have accepted a bid to bowl.