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affiliations, 2020-2021 College Football Bowl Tie-Ins For Each Conference is a great reference point though a little outdated because of the way Covid-19 has affected things.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.

Updated on 12/1/2020 @ 2:10pm ET.

College Football Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
TBD Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Oregon Mississippi
12/19/2020 Frisco Frisco, TX Houston UT San Antonio
12/21/2020 Myrtle Beach Conway, SC Charlotte Ga Southern
12/22/2020 Idaho Boise, ID San Jose St Miami OH
12/22/2020 Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL UCF Liberty
12/23/2020 New Orleans New Orleans, LA UAB Louisiana
12/23/2020 Montgomery  Montgomery, AL UTEP Georgia St
12/24/2020 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Nevada Kent St
12/25/2020 Camelia Montgomery, AL C Michigan Coastal Carolina
12/26/2020 Gasparilla St. Petersburg, FL Georgia Tech South Carolina
12/26/2020 Cure Orlando, FL FAU Troy
12/26/2020 Independence Shreveport, LA Army Washington St
12/26/2020 LendingTree Mobile, AL Marshall Appalachian St
12/26/2020 First Responder Dallas, TX Virginia Tech Tulsa
12/26/2020 Guaranteed Rate Phoenix, AZ Kansas St Maryland
12/28/2020 Military Annapolis, MD Virginia Tulane
12/29/2020 Cheez-It Orlando, FL North Carolina Oklahoma State
12/29/2020 Alamo San Antonio, TX Oklahoma USC
12/30/2020 Duke’s Mayo Charlotte, NC Purdue Wake Forest
12/30/2020 Music City Nashville, TN Wisconsin Tennessee
12/30/2020 LA Bowl Los Angeles, CA Colorado Boise St
12/31/2020 Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX TCU SMU
12/31/2020 Sun El Paso, NM Utah Boston College
12/31/2020 Liberty Memphis, TN West Virginia Kentucky
12/31/2020 Arizona Tucson, AZ San Diego St Buffalo
12/31/2020 Texas Houston, TX Texas LSU
1/1/2021 Birmingham Birmingham, AL Mississippi St Memphis
1/1/2021 Citrus Orlando, FL Indiana Auburn
1/2/2021 Gator Jacksonville, FL NC State Missouri
1/2/2021 Outback Tampa, FL Northwestern Arkansas

New Year’s Bowl Projections

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

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 Pasadena, CA 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 Ohio St at 1, Alabama at 2, Notre Dame at 3 and Clemson at 4.

National Championship Bowl Projections

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