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