Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections: Nov. 10

Notre Dame’s upset of then-No. 1 Clemson shook up the AP rankings and delivered NBC’s best ratings for the Fighting Irish in 15 years. Not quite “Seinfeld”-like ratings, but still pretty, pretty, pretty good, as “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David would say.

The impact on my bowl projections? Yada, yada, yada. There’s not much change as far as my playoff rankings go. I still have the same four: Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Clemson. I’m projecting Clemson to win the rematch over Notre Dame in the ACC title game.

However, I now have moved independent BYU into my New Year’s 6 bowl lineup. I’m projecting the Cougars to earn an at-large bid as one of the highest ranked non-conference champions. Cincinnati remains my pick as the Group of Five’s highest ranked conference champion.

As far as the overall bowl lineup, there’s no real shrinkage since last week — serenity now! There has been no official announcement about the status of the Las Vegas Bowl, but sources told Stadium the game won’t be played this year. That would leave 36 bowls and 72 bowl bids.

College Football Playoff

ChampionshipJan. 10 (CFP semifinal winners)
Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Semifinals
Sugar BowlJan. 1 (CFP semifinal)
Projection: Alabama (CFP No. 1) vs. Clemson (CFP No. 4)

Rose BowlJan. 1 (CFP semifinal)
Projection: Ohio State (CFP No. 2) vs. Oregon (CFP No. 3)

New Year’s 6 Bowls

Orange BowlJan. 2 (ACC vs. SEC/Big Ten)
Projection: Notre Dame vs. Florida

Fiesta BowlJan. 2 (at-large vs. at-large)
Projection: USC vs. Wisconsin

Peach BowlJan. 1 (at-large vs. at-large)
Projection: BYU vs. Cincinnati*

Cotton Bowl – Dec. 30 (at-large vs. at-large)
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Other Bowls

Alamo Bowl (Big 12 vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Iowa State vs. Arizona State

Arizona Bowl (MAC vs. Mountain West)
Projection: Toledo vs. Fresno State

Armed Forces Bowl (AAC vs. Big 12)
Projection: Houston vs. TCU

Birmingham Bowl (AAC vs. SEC)
Projection: UCF vs. Missouri

Boca Raton Bowl (AAC vs. C-USA/BYU/Liberty/MAC)
Projection: Memphis vs. FAU

Camellia Bowl (MAC vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Buffalo vs. Appalachian State

Cheez-It Bowl (ACC vs. Big 12)
Projection: Miami vs. Oklahoma

Citrus Bowl (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Indiana vs. Georgia

Cure Bowl (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. South Alabama

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
Projection: NC State vs. Iowa

First Responder Bowl (ACC vs. AAC)
Projection: Pitt vs. Tulsa

Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. C-USA)
Projection: SMU vs. UTSA

Gasparilla Bowl (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: Virginia vs. Ole Miss

Gator Bowl (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: North Carolina vs. Auburn

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Big Ten vs. Big 12)
Projection: Michigan vs. West Virginia

Idaho Potato Bowl (Mountain West vs. BYU/Liberty/MAC)
Projection: Nevada vs. Miami (Ohio)

Independence Bowl (Army vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Army vs. Washington

LendingTree Bowl (MAC/C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Central Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

Liberty Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Texas vs. Arkansas

Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
Projection: Cal vs. Boise State

Military Bowl (ACC vs. AAC)
Projection: Wake Forest vs. Navy

**Montgomery Bowl (Group of Five, Liberty or BYU)
Projection: Liberty vs. UAB

Music City Bowl (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Purdue vs. Tennessee

Myrtle Beach Bowl (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Marshall vs. Coastal Carolina

New Mexico Bowl (Mountain West vs. C-USA/BYU/Liberty/MAC)
Projection: San Jose State vs. Western Michigan

New Orleans Bowl (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Charlotte vs. Louisiana

Outback Bowl (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Northwestern vs. Kentucky

Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland

Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Boston College vs. Utah

Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Kansas State vs. LSU

Bowls that have been canceled this year:
•Bahamas Bowl
•Fenway Bowl
•Hawaii Bowl
•Holiday Bowl
•Las Vegas Bowl (not official, but Stadium is reporting it won’t be played)
•Redbox Bowl
•Quick Lane Bowl


Teams in bold have already officially accepted bid.

*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.

**Replacing Fenway Bowl for this season only.