2014-2015 Bowl Projections: Week 11

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2014-2015 Bowl Projections

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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 would've been called BCS bowls back in the old days, 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. 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 ACC team. If the ACC champion is in the playoff, the next highest-ranked ACC team will go to the Orange as the host vs. the highest-ranked team on the board that didn't win its conference title. 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 No. 5 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 No. 4
Prediction: Houston 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: Boise State vs.Stanford


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
Saturday, Dec. 20, 5:45 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West No. 7
Prediction: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State 


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9:15 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Bowling Green vs. Texas 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: UTEP vs. Northern Illinois


San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9:30 ET ESPN
Mountain West No. 2 vs. Navy
Prediction: Colorado 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. Toledo


Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 8:00 ET, ESPN
C-USA or Pac-12 vs. Mountain West No. 3
Prediction: California vs. Nevada


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


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


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: Memphis 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. Utah


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: NC State vs. Louisiana Tech


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. Maryland


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: Nebraska 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: Oklahoma vs. Auburn


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. West Virginia


AdvoCare Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Monday, Dec. 29, 9:00 ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 6 vs. SEC 
Prediction: Rutgers* vs. Texas A&M


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: Minnesota vs. Tennessee


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


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: Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State


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: Marshall vs. Arizona State


Capital One 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: Duke vs. Ohio State


Citrus 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: Wisconsin 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: Michigan State vs. LSU


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: Ole Miss vs. Baylor


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: Alabama vs. TCU


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: Cincinnati vs. San Jose 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. Florida


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


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. Washington


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: UAB vs. South Carolina


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


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


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