2017-2018 College Football Bowl Projections

College Football Bowl ProjectionsBelow are listed our most updated projections for the college football bowl games. This year, there are a total of 40 bowl games and teams must have a record of 6-6 or better to be eligible for a bowl game. Since there are not enough teams that are eligible to qualify, teams that are 5-7 will be eligible based on which teams have the highest APR.

For our college football bowl projections, we place teams in the bowls using the same criteria that the bowl people use. For a full list of bowl affiliations, 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Tie-Ins For Each Conference is a great reference point. For all of our rankings on each of these teams, go to NCAA FBS Ratings.

It is important to note that these are forward looking projections of the current season. This means that the bowl projections are different than if the season ended today. We look ahead and project match ups in the future to help determine who is most likely to lock in the different bowl slots.

BOLD denotes that the team has accepted a bid to the bowl.

Updated on 10/9/2017.

College Football Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/16/2017 Camelia Montgomery, AL W Michigan Troy
12/16/2017 Cure Orlando, FL SMU Georgia St
12/16/2017 Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV San Diego St UCLA
12/16/2017 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM UT San Antonio New Mexico
12/16/2017 New Orleans New Orleans, LA New Mexico St UTSA
12/19/2017 Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL Iowa St* MTSU
12/20/2017 Frisco Frisco, TX Temple Marshall*
12/21/2017 Potato Boise, ID N Illinois Boise St
12/21/2017 St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL UCF Southern Miss
12/22/2017 Bahamas Nassau, BS Louisiana Tech Toledo
12/23/2017 Dollar General Mobile, AL Ohio Appalachian St
12/23/2017 Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX Army West Virginia
12/23/2017 Birmingham Birmingham, AL Memphis Mississippi St
12/24/2017 Hawaii Honolulu, HI Tulane Colorado St
12/26/2017 Quick Lane Detroit, MI Akron* Purdue
12/26/2017 Heart of Dallas Dallas, TX Iowa WKU
12/26/2017 Military Annapolis, MD Florida St Navy
12/26/2017 Cactus Tempe, AZ Kansas St Colorado
12/27/2017 Independence Shreveport, LA Houston* Kentucky
12/27/2017 Holiday San Diego, CA Northwestern Stanford
12/27/2017 Pinstripe New York, NY Virginia Minnesota
12/27/2017 Texas Houston, TX Texas Tech Texas A&M
12/27/2017 Foster Farms Santa Clara, CA Indiana Oregon
12/28/2017 Camping World Orlando, FL NC State Oklahoma St
12/28/2017 Alamo San Antonio, TX Oklahoma Washington St
12/29/2017 Belk Charlotte, NC Duke Auburn
12/29/2017 Sun El Paso, NM Louisville Utah
12/29/2017 Music City Nashville, TN Georgia Tech South Carolina
12/30/2017 Arizona Tucson, AZ Arkansas St Wyoming
12/30/2017 Liberty Memphis, TN Texas Tennessee
12/30/2017 TaxSlayer Jacksonville, FL Wake Forest Notre Dame
1/1/2018 Citrus Orlando, FL Michigan Georgia
1/1/2018 Outback Tampa, FL Michigan St LSU

New Year’s Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/29/2017 Cotton Arlington, TX USC South Florida
12/30/2017 Orange Miami, FL Miami FL Ohio St
12/30/2017 Fiesta Glendale, AZ Wisconsin TCU
1/1/2018 Peach Atlanta, GA Florida Virginia Tech

The top-rated non Power-5 team is guaranteed a spot in one of the New Year’s big bowls. Currently, we expect that recipient will be South Florida.

National Championship Playoff Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
1/1/2018 Rose Pasadena, CA Penn St Alabama
1/1/2018 Sugar New Orleans, LA Clemson Washington

The CFP Selection Committee selects the top four teams to play for the National Championship. This year, the play-in games are the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. Our projections have the committee putting Alabama at 1, Clemson at 2, Washington at 3 and Penn State at 4.

National Championship Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
1/8/2018 Championship Atlanta, GA Alabama Clemson

Our rating system projects that Alabama would be favored against Penn St and Clemson would be favored over Washington, thus pitting Alabama vs. Clemson in the National Championship for the second straight year.

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