Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections: Nov. 3

Instead of a head coaching carousel in college football this year, it looks like we’ll have a bowl game carousel instead.

As of Tuesday morning, there officially have been six bowl cancelations: Bahamas, Fenway, Hawaii, Holiday, Redbox and Quick Lane. Sources told Stadium they also expect the Las Vegas Bowl to be canceled and it is “iffy” that the Los Angeles Bowl will debut this season.

What else? Oh yeah, the Montgomery Bowl was created for this season only – to replace the Fenway Bowl, which has never been played – and the New Mexico Bowl won’t be played in New Mexico. Got that straight? Me neither. But if you’ve ever wanted to host a bowl game – and don’t live in New Mexico – contact ESPN to inquire about hosting this year’s New Mexico Bowl.

With those bowl additions and subtractions, we will plod along with this week’s bowl projections. We are not including the Las Vegas Bowl until an official announcement is made as to whether the game will be played (it won’t be).

College Football Playoff

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

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

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

New Year’s 6 Bowls

Orange BowlJan. 2 (ACC vs. SEC/Big Ten)
Projection: Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M

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

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

Cotton BowlDec. 30 (at-large vs. at-large)
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Florida

Other Bowls

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

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

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

Birmingham Bowl (AAC vs. SEC)
Projection: UCF vs. Ole Miss

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

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

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

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

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

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
Projection: North Carolina vs. Penn State

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. Missouri

Gator Bowl (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina

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. BYU

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

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

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

Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
Projection: Utah 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: Michigan 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. Ball State

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: NC State vs. Purdue

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

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
• 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.