College Football's Post-Week 9 Bowl Projections

Athlon projects the postseason after Week 9.

With nine weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is starting to clear. The playoff committee will release its first projection on Tuesday this week, which should give fans, coaches and players a better idea of what the committee values heading into the final full month 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 nine 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 9 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 nine weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

Teams just missing the projections: ULM, Texas State, Oregon State, Akron, USF, Arkansas, San Jose State and California. Remember: It’s only Week 9. 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 9 Bowl Projections

Bowl Date Tie-In Projection
New Orleans Dec. 20 Sun Belt vs.
Mountain West
 UL Lafayette vs.
Air Force 
New Mexico Dec. 20 C-USA vs.
Mountain West
UTEP vs.
Utah State 
Las Vegas Dec. 20 Mountain West vs.
Pac-12
 Boise State vs.
USC 
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 20 MAC vs. 
Mountain West
 Bowling Green vs.
Nevada 
Camellia Dec. 20 MAC vs.
Sun Belt
 Central Michigan vs.
Arkansas State 
Miami Beach Dec. 22 American vs.
BYU
Cincinnati vs.
BYU 
Boca Raton Dec. 23 C-USA vs. 
MAC
 UAB vs.
Western Michigan 
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.
San Diego State 
Heart of Dallas Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. 
C-USA
 Rutgers vs.
Rice 
Quick Lane Dec. 26 ACC vs.
Big Ten
 Virginia Tech vs.
Maryland 
St. Petersburg Dec. 26 ACC vs. 
American
 Boston College vs.
UCF 
Military Dec. 27 ACC vs.
American
 Virginia vs.
Temple 
Sun Dec. 27 ACC vs. 
Pac-12
 North Carolina vs.
Utah 
Independence Dec. 27 ACC vs.
SEC
 Pittsburgh vs.
Louisiana Tech* 
Pinstripe Dec. 27 ACC vs.
Big Ten
 Georgia Tech vs.
Penn State 
Holiday Dec. 27 Big Ten vs.
Pac-12
 Wisconsin vs.
Arizona 
Liberty Dec. 29 SEC vs.
Big 12
 Tennessee vs.
Oklahoma State 
Russell Athletic Dec. 29 ACC vs.
Big 12
 Duke vs.
West Virginia 
Texas Dec. 29 Big 12 vs.
SEC
Oklahoma vs.
Texas A&M 
Music City Dec. 30 ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC
 Iowa vs.
Kentucky 
Belk Dec. 30 ACC vs.
SEC
 Louisville vs.
South Carolina 
San Francisco Dec. 30 Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Minnesota vs.
UCLA 

Outback Jan. 1 Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Nebraska vs.
Missouri 

Citrus Jan. 1 Big Ten/ACC vs.
SEC
 Ohio State vs.
Georgia 
Armed Forces Jan. 2 American vs.
Big 12/Army
 Houston vs.
Washington* 
Taxslayer Jan. 2 ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC
 Miami vs.
LSU 
Alamo Jan. 2 Big 12 vs.
Pac-12
 Baylor vs.
Arizona State 
Cactus Jan. 2 Big 12 vs.
Pac-12
 Stanford vs.
Fresno State* 
Birmingham Jan. 3 American vs.
SEC
 Memphis vs.
Northwestern* 
GoDaddy Jan. 4 MAC vs.
Sun Belt
 Toledo vs.
South Alabama 
       
New Year's Bowls
Peach Dec. 31 At-large vs.
At-large
 East Carolina vs.
Auburn 
Fiesta Dec. 31 At-large vs.
At-large
 Kansas State vs.
Ole Miss 
Orange Dec. 31 ACC vs.
Big Ten/SEC
 Clemson vs.
Notre Dame 
Cotton Jan. 1 At-large vs.
At-large

 TCU vs.
Michigan State 

       
Related: Projecting the Playoff Teams After Week 9
Rose Jan. 1 Playoff
Semifinal
 Florida State vs.
Alabama 
Sugar Jan. 1 Playoff
Semifinal
 Mississippi State vs.
Oregon 
National Title Jan. 12 Semifinal Winner vs.
Semifinal Winner
 Mississippi State vs.
Florida State 

* Indicates an at-large selection. Conference not projected to have enough bowl-eligible teams to fulfill the conference alignment. 

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