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College Football's Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

With five weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is surrounded in uncertainty.

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.

While only five weeks are in the books, it’s never too early to start looking at what the bowl picture might hold for each conference and team this year. The post-Week 5 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 five weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks, especially as the heart of conference play arrives in October.


College Football's Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

Bowl

Date

Tie-In

Projection

New Orleans

Dec. 20

Sun Belt vs.
Mountain West

 Nevada vs.
ULM 

New Mexico

Dec. 20

C-USA vs.
Mountain West

 UTSA vs.
Wyoming 

Las Vegas

Dec. 20

Mountain West vs.
Pac-12

Boise State vs.
Arizona 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 20

MAC vs.
Mountain West

 Air Force vs.
Bowling Green 

Camellia

Dec. 20

MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 ULL vs.
Akron 

Miami Beach

Dec. 22

American vs.
BYU

Cincinnati vs.
BYU 

Boca Raton

Dec. 23

C-USA vs.
MAC

 FAU vs.
Toledo 

Poinsettia

Dec. 23

Mountain West vs.
Navy

Colorado State vs.
Navy 

Bahamas

Dec. 24

C-USA vs.
MAC

 Marshall vs.
Northern Illinois 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

C-USA vs.
Mountain West

MTSU vs.
Utah State 

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.
C-USA

 Rice vs.
Rutgers 

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

ACC vs. 
Big Ten

 North Carolina vs. 
Maryland 

Bitcoin St. Petersburg

Dec. 26

ACC vs.
American

 UCF vs. 
NC State 

Military

Dec. 27

ACC vs. 
American

 Temple vs.
Pittsburgh 

Sun

Dec. 27

ACC vs.
Pac-12

 Duke vs.
Washington 

Independence

Dec. 27

ACC vs.
SEC

 Virginia vs.
Arkansas 

Pinstripe

Dec. 27

ACC vs.
Big Ten

 Georgia Tech vs.
Penn State 

Holiday

Dec. 27

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Wisconsin vs.
USC 

Liberty

Dec. 29

SEC vs.
Big 12

 Tennessee vs.
Oklahoma State 

Russell Athletic

Dec. 29

ACC vs.
Big 12

West Virginia vs.
Virginia Tech 

Texas

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs.
SEC

 TCU vs.
LSU 

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Iowa vs.
Missouri 

Belk

Dec. 30

ACC vs.
SEC

 Louisville vs.
South Carolina 

San Francisco

Dec. 30

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Minnesota vs.
Arizona State 

Outback

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Nebraska vs.
Ole Miss 

Citrus

Jan. 1

Big Ten/ACC vs.
SEC

 Ohio State vs.
Georgia 

Armed Forces

Jan. 2

American/Army vs.
Big 12

Houston vs.
Utah* 

TaxSlayer

Jan. 2

ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Miami vs. 
Miss. State 

Alamo

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.
Stanford 

Cactus

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Texas vs. 
Oregon State 

Birmingham

Jan. 3

American vs.
SEC

 Florida vs. 
Memphis 

GoDaddy

Jan. 4

MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.
Ohio 

 

 

 

 

New Year's Bowls

 

 

 

Peach

Dec. 31

At-large vs.
At-large

 Auburn vs.
East Carolina 

Fiesta

Dec. 31

At-large vs.
At-large

 UCLA vs. 
Notre Dame 

Capital One
Orange

Dec. 31

At-large vs.
At-large

Clemson vs.
Texas A&M 

Cotton

Jan. 1

At-large vs.
At-large

Baylor vs.
Michigan State 

Rose

Jan. 1

Playoff 
Semifinal

 Florida State vs. 
Oregon 

Sugar

Jan. 1

Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs. 
Oklahoma 

National Title

Jan. 12

Semifinal Winner vs.
Semifinal Winner

 Alabama vs.
Florida State 

* Indicates conference not projected to have enough bowl-eligible teams.

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