2020-2021 College Football Bowl Projections


College Football Bowl ProjectionsHere we list our most updated projections for the 2020-2021 NCAA College Football bowl games. Schools must have a record of 6-6 or better to be eligible for a bowl game. If there are not enough teams that are eligible to qualify, then those with a record of 5-7 will be eligible based on which teams have the highest APR. Pac-12 teams with a record worse than 6-6 will not be eligible for a bowl based on a conference rule.

Our bowl projections are forward looking on the season. This means that current record is only one variable in determining where we think the teams will be placed. For a full list of bowl affiliations, 2020-2021 College Football Bowl Tie-Ins For Each Conference is a great reference point though a little outdated because of the way Covid-19 has affected things. For all of our rankings on each of these teams, go to NCAA FBS Ratings and go to NCAA Football Game Projections for our predictions for each game.

Teams in BOLD have accepted their bowl bid.
Teams with an * are fill-in bids as some conferences do not have enough bowl eligible teams to fill their allotted slots.

Final on 12/20/2020 @ 6:20pm ET.

College Football Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/21/2020 Myrtle Beach Conway, SC Appalachian St North Texas
12/22/2020 Idaho Boise, ID Nevada Tulane
12/22/2020 Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL UCF BYU
12/23/2020 New Orleans New Orleans, LA Georgia Southern Louisiana Tech
12/23/2020 Montgomery  Montgomery, AL Florida Atlantic Memphis
12/24/2020 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Hawaii Houston
12/25/2020 Camelia Montgomery, AL Buffalo Marshall
12/26/2020 Gasparilla St. Petersburg, FL UAB South Carolina
12/26/2020 Cure Orlando, FL Liberty Coastal Carolina
12/26/2020 LendingTree Mobile, AL WKU Georgia St
12/26/2020 First Responder Dallas, TX UT San Antonio Louisiana
12/29/2020 Cheez-It Orlando, FL Miami FL Oklahoma St
12/29/2020 Alamo San Antonio, TX Texas Colorado
12/30/2020 Duke’s Mayo Charlotte, NC Purdue Wisconsin
12/30/2020 Music City Nashville, TN Iowa MIssouri
12/31/2020 Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX Tulsa Mississippi St
12/31/2020 Liberty Memphis, TN West Virginia Tennessee
12/31/2020 Arizona Tucson, AZ San Jose St Ball St
12/31/2020 Texas Houston, TX TCU Arkansas
1/1/2021 Citrus Orlando, FL Northwestern Auburn
1/2/2021 Gator Jacksonville, FL NC State Kentucky
1/2/2021 Outback Tampa, FL Indiana Mississippi

New Year’s Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/30/2020 Cotton Arlington, TX Oklahoma Florida
1/1/2021 Peach Atlanta, GA Cincinnati Georgia
1/2/2021 Orange Miami, FL North Carolina Texas A&M
1/2/2021 Fiesta Glendale, AZ Oregon Iowa St

The top-rated non Power-5 team is guaranteed a spot in one of the New Year’s big bowls. That recipient is projected to be the Cincinnati Bearcats.

National Championship Playoff Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
1/1/2021 Rose Arlington, TX Ohio St Clemson
1/1/2021 Sugar New Orleans, LA Alabama Notre Dame

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, Ohio State at 3 and Notre Dame at 4.

National Championship Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
1/11/2021 Championship Miami, FL Clemson Alabama