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College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The start of college football’s 2015-16 bowl season is just under two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

The post-Week 8 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 six weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next two months.

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College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

Bowl

Date

Tie-In

Projection

AutoNation Cure

Dec. 19

Sun Belt vs.
American

 Georgia Southern vs. Tulsa 

Gildan New Mexico

Dec. 19

C-USA vs.
MW

Colorado State vs.Rice 

Royal Purple
Las Vegas

Dec. 19

MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

Washington State vs.Boise State 

Raycom Media
Camellia

Dec. 19

MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.Ohio 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans

Dec. 19

C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

 UL Lafayette vs.MTSU 

Miami Beach

Dec. 21

American vs.
C-USA

 Houston vs.WKU 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

MAC vs.
MW

Nevada vs. Northern Illinois 

Boca Raton

Dec. 22

American vs.
MAC

 East Carolina vs.Western Michigan  

SDCCU Poinsettia

Dec. 23

Mountain West vs.
Army

San Diego State vs.California* 

GoDaddy

Dec. 23

MAC vs.Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.Toledo 

Popeyes Bahamas

Dec. 24

C-USA vs.MAC

Bowling Green vs.Marshall 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

American vs.
BYU/MW

 Temple vs. BYU 

St. Petersburg

Dec. 26

C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.FIU 

Hyundai Sun

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

 North Carolina vs.Oregon 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas

Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.
C-USA

 Southern Miss vs.Kansas State 

New Era Pinstripe

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Pittsburgh vs.Nebraska 

Independence

Dec. 26

ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Georgia Tech vs.Missouri 

Foster Farms

Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Arizona State vs.Northwestern 

Military

Dec. 28

ACC/ND vs.
American

 NC State vs.Navy 

Quick Lane

Dec. 28

ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Miami vs.Illinois 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces

Dec. 29

MW vs.
Big Ten

Indiana vs.Air Force 

Russell Athletic

Dec. 29

ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Florida State vs.Oklahoma State 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. Mountain West

 Utah State vs.Louisiana Tech 

AdvoCare V100
Texas

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.Mississippi State 

Birmingham

Dec. 30

American vs.
SEC

 Auburn vs.Cincinnati 

Belk

Dec. 30

ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.Tennessee 

Franklin American
Music City

Dec. 30

ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Arkansas vs.Penn State 

National University
Holiday

Dec. 30

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 UCLA vs.Wisconsin 

Outback

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Georgia vs.Michigan 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Ole Miss vs.Iowa 

TaxSlayer

Jan. 2

ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Louisville vs.Texas A&M  

AutoZone Liberty

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. 
SEC

Texas vs.Kentucky 

Valero Alamo

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Oklahoma vs.USC 

Cactus

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.Arizona 

 

 

 

 

Chick-fil-A Peach

Dec. 31

At-large vs.
At-large

Memphis vs. Florida 

Fiesta

Jan. 1

At-large vs.
At-large

 Notre Dame vs.Utah 

Rose

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs. Michigan State 

Sugar

Jan. 1

SEC vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs.LSU 

 

 

 

 

Cotton

Dec. 31

Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.Baylor 

Orange

Dec. 31

Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.Clemson 

National Championship

Jan. 11

Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Ohio State vs.Alabama