2014-2015 Bowl Projections: Week 5

Predicting and projecting the possible post-season matchups


2014-2015 Bowl Projections

Oct. 1 - Week 5

 
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The Rose and Sugar will be the first round of the new College Football Playoff, and the Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach are now the really big, super-colossal megabowls that you’re supposed to care about, even though they really don’t mean anything more than a big matchup.

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC conference champions are all guaranteed a spot in one of the big new bowls, if they’re not in College Football Playoff, and the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion - American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountian West or Sun Belt - by the new 13 member playoff committee will get into one of the big bowls, but doesn't have an automatic spot in the playoff. That means there will be six at-large spots available based on the committee’s rankings.

The other main thing to note is the generally loose nature of the tie-ins now. The conferences will have more say than ever when it comes to geographic location, best matchup and more to make it all work out.  

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m. ET ESPN
Mountain West vs. Sun Belt No. 2
Prediction: Colorado State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 


Gildan New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2:20 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. Mountain West
Prediction: Florida Atlantic vs. Fresno State 


Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Dec. 20, 3:30 ET ABC
Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 6
Prediction: Nevada vs. USC


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
Saturday, Dec. 20, 5:45 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West
Prediction: Toledo vs. Boise State 


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9:15 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Arkansas State


Miami Beach Bowl
Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Monday, Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN
American Athletic vs. BYU
Prediction: East Carolina vs. BYU


Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 6:00 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. MAC
Prediction: WKU vs. Bowling Green


San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9:30 ET ESPN
Mountain West vs. Navy
Prediction: San Diego State vs. Navy 


Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 12:00 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. MAC
Prediction: UTEP vs. Northern Illinois


Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 8:00 ET, ESPN
C-USA or Pac-12 vs. Mountain West
Prediction: California vs. Air Force


Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Friday, Dec. 26, 12:00 ET ESPN
Big Ten vs. C-USA
Prediction: Maryland vs. North Texas


Detroit Lions Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Friday, Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Prediction: Duke vs. Indiana


BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Friday, Dec. 26, 8:00 ET ESPN
American Athletic vs. ACC
Prediction: UCF vs. Miami


Military Bowl
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Saturday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. ACC
Prediction: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech


Hyundai Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2:00 PM CBS
ACC vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Prediction: Georgia Tech vs. Arizona


Duck Commander Independence Bowl
Independence Stadiums, Shreveport, LA
Saturday, Dec. 27, 4:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC (or C-USA if ACC or SEC team isn’t available)
Prediction: North Carolina vs. Tennessee


New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Saturday, Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Prrediction: Virginia vs. Rutgers


National University Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Saturday, Dec. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Big Ten No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Prediction: Penn State vs. Washington


AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Monday, Dec. 29, 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 4 vs. SEC (or American Athletic)
Prediction: TCU vs. Mississippi State


Russell Athletic Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Monday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Prediction: Clemson vs. Kansas State


AdvoCare Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Monday, Dec. 29, 9:00 ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 6 vs. SEC 
Prediction: West Virginia vs. LSU


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LP Field, Nashville, TN
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 3:00 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC (or Big Ten No. 5, depending on Gator) vs. SEC
Prediction: Michigan vs. Arkansas


Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6:45 ET ESPN
ACC vs. SEC No. 7
Prediction: NC State vs. Missouri


San Francisco Bowl
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:00 ET ESPN
Big Ten No. 7 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Prediction: Minnesota vs. Arizona State


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, Dec. 31, ESPN
At-Large or ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
vs. At-Large or ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Prediction: Georgia vs. Marshall


Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 4:00 ET ESPN
At-Large vs. ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Prediction: UCLA vs. Auburn


Discover Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 8:00 ET ESPN
ACC champion or ACC runner-up vs. highest-ranked Big Ten, Notre Dame or SEC
Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State


Capital One Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1:00 ET ABC
Big Ten No. 2 (or ACC if Big Ten in Orange) vs. SEC No. 2
Prediction: Nebraska vs. South Carolina


Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1:00 ET ESPN2
Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3
Prediction: Iowa vs. Texas A&M


AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Thursday, Jan. 1, 12:30 ET ESPN
At-Large vs. ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin


Rose Bowl: College Football Playoff Matchup
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Thursday, Jan. 1, 5:00 PM ET ESPN
Prediction: Oregon vs. Michigan State


Allstate Sugar Bowl: College Football Playoff Matchup
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Thursday, Jan. 1, 8:30 ET ESPN
Prediction: Alabama vs. Florida State


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Friday, Jan, 2, 12:00 ESPN
American Athletic vs. Army (Big 12 if Army not eligible)
Prediction: Houston vs. Texas


TaxSlayer Bowl
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Friday, Jan. 2 ESPN
ACC (or Big Ten No. 5, depending on Music City) or Notre Dame vs. SEC No. 5
Prediction: Louisville vs. Ole Miss


Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Friday, Jan. 2, 6:45 ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 2 vs. Pac-12 No. 2
Prediction: Baylor vs. Stanford


Cactus Bowl
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe AZ
Friday, Jan. 2 10:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-12 No. 7
Prediction: Oklahoma State vs. Utah


Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
American Athletic vs. SEC No. 9 (or C-USA or MAC)
Prediction: Memphis vs. Florida


GoDaddy Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Sunday, Jan. 4, 9:00 p.m. ET ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Akron vs. Texas State


College Football Playoff Championship
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Monday, Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Prediction: Oregon vs. Alabama


- 2014-2105 Bowl Tie-Ins For Every Conference


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