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2018 College Football Bowl Projections

College Football Bowl Projections Last Updated October 14, 2018

2018 College Football Bowl Projections

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College Football Bowl Projections: Before We Begin…

Just as it was in 2017, there are 40 bowl games to follow the 2018-19 college football bowl season. 39 games will select a total of 78 teams, with the 40th and final bowl game being the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Still serving out their bowl ban is Ole Miss, who are in the second of their two-year postseason hiatus. The only other team ineligible for bowl consideration is Liberty, who are transitioning to FBS. However, this is not a definite, as there would have to be no other available, bowl-eligible teams. So, technically, it could happen, but probably will not.

Coastal Carolina finished their two-year bowl ineligibility last season and would qualify in 2018, if they do well enough.

Six wins (almost) guarantees a bowl, and you might even get there with five if the kids are graduating. Last season, however, there were no 5-7 teams in bowl games.

“New Year’s Six” bowl games begin on December 29, 2018, with the first being the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the other two games that day being playoff semifinals.

Those are the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl this season. The winners of those two contests advance to Santa Clara and the national championship on Monday, January 7, 2019.

If you are curious as to who is currently leading the way in our College Football Playoff projections, visit that page today. Once the College Football Playoff rankings are formally released, we will begin updating.

College Football Bowl Projections: October 14, 2018 Analysis

Just 15 teams have claimed bowl eligibility at this stage, with lots of season to go. A total of 21 others could have it by the end of their next game. Ole Miss is the only for certain excluded team so far and nobody has seven losses yet. Nebraska is working on it, however.

College Football Bowl Projections: December 15, 2018 Games

2018 New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM | MWC & C-USA
Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech
2018 Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL | AAC & Sun Belt
Memphis vs. Troy
2018 Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV | Pac-12 & MWC
Washington State vs. Hawaii
2018 Camellia Bowl
Montgomery, AL | MAC & Sun Belt
UAB vs. Northern Illinois
2018 New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
North Texas vs. Appalachian State

College Football Bowl Projections: December 18, 2018 Games

2018 Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Raton, FL | AAC/C-USA & MAC
USF vs. Marshall

College Football Bowl Projections: December 19, 2018 Games

2018 Frisco Bowl
Frisco, TX | AAC & At-Large
Houston vs. Kansas State

College Football Bowl Projections: December 20, 2018 Games

2018 Gasparilla Bowl
Tampa, FL | AAC & C-USA
Cincinnati vs. FAU

College Football Bowl Projections: December 21, 2018 Games

2018 Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, Bahamas | C-USA & MAC
FIU vs. Western Michigan
2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Boise, ID | MAC & MWC
Boise State vs. Toledo

College Football Bowl Projections: December 22, 2018 Games

2018 Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham, AL | SEC & AAC
Arizona State vs. Florida State
2018 Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX | Big 12 & AAC
Oklahoma State vs. Army
2018 Dollar General Bowl
Mobile, AL | MAC & Sun Belt
Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern
2018 Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, HI | C-USA & MWC
Fresno State vs. BYU

College Football Bowl Projections: December 26, 2018 Games

2018 First Responder Bowl
Dallas, TX | Big Ten & C-USA
Minnesota vs. Virginia
2018 Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI | Big Ten & ACC
Purdue vs. Syracuse
2018 Cheez-It Bowl
Phoenix, AZ | Big 12 & Pac-12
California vs. TCU

College Football Bowl Projections: December 27, 2018 Games

2018 Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA | SEC & ACC
Missouri vs. Boston College
2018 Pinstripe Bowl
Bronx, NY | Big Ten & ACC
Maryland vs. Duke
2018 Texas Bowl
Houston, TX | Big 12 & SEC
South Carolina vs. Baylor

College Football Bowl Projections: December 28, 2018 Games

2018 Music City Bowl
SEC & ACC/Big Ten
Kentucky vs. Northwestern
2018 Camping World Bowl
Orlando, FL | Big 12 & ACC
Texas Tech vs. NC State
2018 Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX | Big 12 & Pac-12
USC vs. West Virginia
2018 Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA | Big Ten & Pac-12
Stanford vs. Michigan State

College Football Bowl Projections: December 29, 2018 Games (Non-NY6)

2018 Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC | SEC & ACC
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
2018 Arizona Bowl
Tucson, AZ | MWC & Sun Belt
San Diego State vs. Arkansas State

College Football Bowl Projections: December 31, 2018 Games

2018 Military Bowl
Annapolis, MD | AAC & ACC
Wake Forest vs. Temple
2018 Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX | Pac-12 & ACC
Utah vs. Miami
2018 Redbox Bowl
Santa Clara, CA | Big Ten & Pac-12
Colorado vs. Indiana
2018 Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN | Big 12 & SEC
Texas A&M vs. Iowa State
2018 Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL | SEC & ACC/Big Ten
Auburn vs. Wisconsin

College Football Bowl Projections: January 1, 2019 Games (Non-NY6)

2019 Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL | Big Ten & SEC
Mississippi State vs. Penn State
2019 Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL | Big Ten & SEC
LSU vs. Iowa

College Football Bowl Projections: New Years Six and College Football Playoff Semifinal Bowls

College Football Playoff games indicated with asterisk.

2018 Peach Bowl
Atlanta, GA
Georgia vs. UCF
2018 Orange Bowl*
Miami Gardens, FL
Ohio State vs. Clemson
2018 Cotton Bowl*
Arlington, TX
Alabama vs. Notre Dame
2019 Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, AZ
Oklahoma vs. Washington
2019 Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
Oregon vs. Michigan
2019 Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA
Florida vs. Texas

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