2014-2015 Bowl Projections: Week 7

Predicting and projecting the possible post-season matchups


2014-2015 Bowl Proiections

Oct. 13 - Week 7

 
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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, Mountain 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.  

One other key item - Notre Dame. I've been corrected by the Orange Bowl - thanks! - on my original imterpretation. Basically, it isn't possible for Notre Dame to take the ACC's spot in the Orange, but it can take the other spot to play an SEC team. If the ACC champion is in the playoff, the next highest-ranked ACC team will go to the Orange as the host. The BIg Ten and SEC are guaranteed three appearances in the next eight Orange Bowls, but Notre Dame can appear up to two times.

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: Air Force vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 


Gildan New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2:20 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. Mountain West
Prediction:Marshall vs. Utah 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: Colorado State vs. Washington


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
Saturday, Dec. 20, 5:45 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West
Prediction: Northern Illinois 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: Temple vs. BYU


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


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: Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green


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


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


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


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 State


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: Duke vs. LSU


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


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: Kansas State vs. South Carolina


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: Virginia vs. TCU


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


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: Wisconsin 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. LSU


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. UCLA


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: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame


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: East Carolina vs. Auburn


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


Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1:00 ET ESPN2
Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3
Prediction: Nebraska 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. Mississippi State


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


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


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. Oregon State*


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. Missouri


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. USC


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. Kentucky


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


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


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