College football’s 2014 season has reached its final stretch run, and the bowl and national title picture is starting to clear. The playoff committee will release its third set of rankings on Tuesday this week, which should give fans, coaches and players a better idea of what the committee values heading into the last few weeks of the season.
The new playoff format has added a new layer of intrigue, as four teams – instead of two – will have a shot at the national championship once the bowl pairings are announced in early December.
With 11 weeks in the books, it’s time to take a look at what the bowl picture might hold for each conference and team this year. The post-Week 11 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 11 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.
Teams on the projection bubble: Akron, Texas State, Fresno State, USF, Oregon State, ULM, San Jose State, Northwestern, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Arkansas. Remember: It’s only Week 11. Several changes are coming, and it’s impossible to project all of the wins and losses the rest of the way considering how much changes week-to-week in college football.
College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections
* Indicates an at-large selection. Conference not projected to have enough bowl-eligible teams to fulfill the conference alignment.