Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 10

West Virginia’s win at Texas vaults the Mountaineers into my New Year’s 6 bowl projections this week.

My projected College Football Playoff field remains the same from the past couple of weeks: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Notre Dame.

UCF still remains my pick to be the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion, but if the Knights slip up, look for the Mountain West champ – either Utah State or Fresno State – to earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.

Onto this week’s bowl projections:

College Football Playoff
Championship – Jan. 7 (CFP semifinal winners)
Projection: Alabama vs. Clemson

Orange Bowl – Dec. 29 (CFP Playoff semifinal)
Projection:  Alabama (CFP No. 1) vs. Notre Dame (CFP No. 4)

Cotton Bowl – Dec. 29 (CFP semifinal)
Projection: Clemson (CFP No. 2) vs. Michigan (CFP No. 3)

New Year’s 6 Bowls
Rose Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Ohio State vs. Washington State

Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: West Virginia vs. Georgia

Fiesta Bowl – Jan. 1 (at-large vs. Group of 5*)
Projection: Kentucky vs. UCF

Peach Bowl – Dec. 29 (at large vs. at-large)
Projection: LSU vs. Oklahoma

Other Bowls
Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Michigan State vs. Florida

Outback Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Iowa vs. Texas A&M

Gator Bowl – Dec. 31 (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Purdue vs. Auburn

Holiday Bowl – Dec. 31 (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Penn State vs. Utah

Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Baylor vs. Arizona**

Redbox Bowl – Dec. 31 (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Northwestern vs. Oregon

Sun Bowl – Dec. 31 (ACC vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Pitt vs. Stanford

Military Bowl – Dec. 31 (ACC vs. American)
Projection: Duke vs. Cincinnati

Arizona Bowl – Dec. 29 (Mountain West vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Belk Bowl – Dec. 29 (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: Virginia vs. Missouri

Alamo Bowl – Dec. 28 (Big 12 vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Texas vs. Washington

Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28 (ACC vs. Big 12)
Projection: Boston College vs. Iowa State

Music City Bowl – Dec. 28 (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: NC State vs. South Carolina

Texas Bowl – Dec. 27 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State

Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27 (ACC vs. Big Ten)
Projection: Syracuse vs. Wisconsin

Independence Bowl – Dec. 27 (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: Georgia Tech vs. FAU**

Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 26 (Big 12 vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Oklahoma State** vs. Arizona State

Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26 (ACC vs. Big Ten)
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Nevada**

First Responder Bowl – Dec. 26 (C-USA vs. Big Ten)
Projection: UAB vs. BYU

Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 22 (C-USA vs. Mountain West)
Projection: FIU vs. Hawaii

Dollar General Bowl – Dec. 22 (MAC vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Buffalo vs. Troy

Armed Forces Bowl – Dec. 22 (American vs. Big 12)
Projection: SMU vs. Army**

Birmingham Bowl – Dec. 22 (American vs. SEC)
Projection: Memphis vs. Cal**

Idaho Potato Bowl – Dec. 21 (MAC vs. Mountain West)
Projection: Toledo vs. Boise State

Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 21 (C-USA vs. MAC)
Projection: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 20 (ACC vs. American)
Projection: Miami vs. USF

Frisco Bowl – Dec. 19 (American vs. MAC)
Projection: Temple** vs. Western Michigan

Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 18 (American vs. C-USA)
Projection: Houston vs. Middle Tennessee

New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 15 (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Camellia Bowl – Dec. 15 (MAC vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Ohio vs. Georgia Southern

Las Vegas Bowl – Dec. 15 (Mountain West vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Utah State vs. USC

Cure Bowl – Dec. 15 (American vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Tulane vs. Arkansas State

New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 15 (C-USA vs. Mountain West)
Projection: North Texas vs. Fresno State

* – The highest rated champion from the Group of Five conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl.

** – Replaces team from league that can’t fill bowl.