College football bowl projections for championship week: Michigan and Notre Dame move to CFP


The conference championship weekend has arrived.

The final standings for the college football qualifiers will be unveiled on Sunday and several intriguing scenarios are on offer for the final week. Georgia appear to be the only safe bet heading into the SEC Championship game, and we still have the Bulldogs beating Alabama on Saturday.

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Michigan also enters our projection after finally beating Ohio State. The Wolverines can clinch their first place in the playoffs with a win over Iowa on Saturday.

Cincinnati will be the first Group-5 team to make the playoffs if they beat Houston in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. (We believe it is, anyway). That leaves a fourth place finish and debate between Notre Dame, Oklahoma State whether it wins the Big 12 championship game and a potential two-game losing streak in Alabama. We think the Irish are winning this debate by a small margin.

With that, here are our championship week bowl projections. SN has projections for all 42 bowl games here, and they will be updated throughout the season:

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College Football Bowl Screenings for Championship Week

Dated bowl Match
December 17 Bahamian Bowl Miami (Ohio) vs. UTEP
December 17 Cure bowl Ball State vs. East Carolina
December 18 Boca Raton Bowl from RoofClaim.com East Michigan vs. Liberty *
December 18 New Mexico Bowl Air Force vs. Old Dominion
December 18 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl BYU vs. UTSA
December 18 Lendingtree bowl State of Kent v State of Georgia
December 18 Los Angeles Bowl San Diego State vs. Washington State
December 18 New Orleans R&L Carriers Bowl Louisiana vs. UAB
December 20 Myrtle Beach Bowl Coastal Carolina vs. Tulsa
December 21 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl West Michigan vs. Boise State
December 21 Frisco Café Tropical Smoothie Bowl Toledo vs. North Texas
22 december Bowl of the Armed Forces Army * vs. Western Kentucky
23 december Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Florida * vs. Fresno State *
December 24 Hawaii Bowl State of Utah vs. Memphis **
December 25th Camellia bowl Northern Illinois vs. State Enforcement
December 27 Fast Lane Bowl UCF vs. Marshall *
December 27 Military bowl Wyoming * vs. Missouri *
December 28 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Houston vs. Mississippi State
December 28 First Responder Bowl FAU vs. Virginia Tech *
December 28 Liberty AutoZone bowl Kansas State vs. Auburn
December 28 Holiday Bowl Arizona State vs. Miami
December 28 Guaranteed rate bowl Louisville vs. LSU *
December 29 Fenway bowl SMU vs. Virginia
December 29 Pinstripe bowl Maryland vs. Boston College
December 29 Cheez-It Bowl West Virginia vs. North Carolina
December 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Oregon vs. Oklahoma
December 30 Bowl of Mayo Duke Minnesota vs. Wake Forest
December 30 Transparent Musical City Bowl Penn State vs. Texas A&M
December 30 SRS Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State vs. Purdue
December 31st TaxSlayer alligator bowl South Carolina vs. Clemson
December 31st Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl UCLA vs. NC State
December 31st Arizona Bowl Mid Michigan vs. Nevada
January 1st Outback Bowl Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
January 1st Vrbo citrus bowl Iowa vs. Kentucky
January 4th Texas Bowl Iowa State vs. Arkansas

* Not related to the game of pétanque

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College Football New Years Day 6 Screenings

Dated bowl Match
December 30 Chick-Fil-A bowl with peaches Ole Miss vs. Pitt
January 1st PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Baylor vs. Michigan State
January 1st Rose Bowl game Utah v Ohio State
January 1st Allstate sugar bowl Oklahoma State vs. Alabama
December 31st Capital One Orange Bowl (semi-final) Notre-Dame vs. Georgia
December 31st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (semi-final) Cincinnati vs. Michigan

College Football Playoff Championship Screening

Dated bowl Match
January 10 College Football Playoff Championship Georgia vs. Michigan


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