2019-2020 College Football Bowl Projections


College Football Bowl ProjectionsHere we list our most updated projections for the 2019-2020 NCAA College Football bowl games. Like last year, there are a total of 40 bowl game contests with FBS teams and one (the Celebration Bowl) that has tie ins to FCS teams. 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. For the first time this year, 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, 2019-2020 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 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 12/8/2019 @ 9:10am ET.

College Football Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/20/2019 Frisco Frisco, TX SMU Southern Miss
12/20/2019 Bahamas Nassau, BS Charlotte Buffalo
12/21/2019 Camelia Montgomery, AL Ohio Ga Southern
12/21/2019 Cure Orlando, FL Miami OH Arkansas St
12/21/2019 Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Boise St Washington St
12/21/2019 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM UAB Air Force
12/21/2019 New Orleans New Orleans, LA Louisiana Tech Appalachian St
12/21/2019 Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL UCF C Michigan
12/23/2019 Gasparilla St. Petersburg, FL Temple Florida Intl
12/24/2019 Hawaii Honolulu, HI BYU Hawaii
12/26/2019 Quick Lane Detroit, MI Boston College Iowa
12/26/2019 Independence Shreveport, LA Miami FL FL Atlantic
12/27/2019 Cheez-It Phoenix, AZ WKU* Nevada
12/27/2019 Pinstripe New York, NY Wake Forest Michigan St
12/27/2019 Texas Houston, TX Texas Texas A&M
12/27/2019 Holiday San Diego, CA Penn St Washington
12/27/2019 Military Annapolis, MD Pittsburgh Cincinnati
12/28/2019 Camping World Orlando, FL Notre Dame Oklahoma St
12/30/2019 First Responder Dallas, TX Kent St* Marshall
12/30/2019 Music City Nashville, TN Louisville Tennessee
12/30/2019 Redbox Santa Clara, CA Illinois California
12/31/2019 Alamo San Antonio, TX Kansas St USC
12/31/2019 Arizona Tucson, AZ Georgia St San Diego St
12/31/2019 Belk Charlotte, NC Virginia Tech Mississippi St
12/31/2019 Sun El Paso, NM North Carolina Arizona St
12/31/2019 Liberty Memphis, TN Iowa St Navy
1/1/2020 Citrus Orlando, FL Michigan Alabama
1/1/2020 Outback Tampa, FL Minnesota Auburn
1/2/2020 Birmingham Birmingham, AL Tulane Florida St
1/2/2020 Gator Jacksonville, FL Indiana Kentucky
1/3/2020 Potato Boise, ID Toledo Utah St
1/4/2020 Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX Wyoming Liberty*
1/6/2020 Mobile Mobile, AL W Michigan Louisiana

New Year’s Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/28/2019 Cotton Arlington, TX Memphis Utah
12/30/2019 Orange Miami, FL Virginia Florida
1/1/2020 Rose Pasadena, CA Oregon Wisconsin
1/1/2020 Sugar New Orleans, LA Georgia Baylor

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 UCF Knights.

National Championship Playoff Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
12/28/2019 Peach Atlanta, GA LSU Oklahoma
12/28/2019 Fiesta Glendale, AZ Ohio St Clemson

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

National Championship Bowl Projections

Date Bowl Location Team 1 Team 2
1/13/2020 Championship New Orleans, LA Ohio St LSU