Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 5

Maybe in addition to my bowl projections each week, I need to start including “bowl name” projections since those are changing as frequently as well.

The bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., featuring Pac-12 and Big 10 teams was called the Foster Farms Bowl from 2014-17 and was renamed the San Francisco Bowl for this season. That was until last week, when it was renamed again: this time, the Redbox Bowl.

Which two teams am I projecting in the inaugural Redbox Bowl? Read on, but first this spoiler alert: Alabama and Georgia remain in my College Football Playoff field. I think both teams go 12-0 until they meet for the SEC title. If so, I think the selection committee puts both teams in.

Joining Alabama and Georgia will be Notre Dame and Clemson. I’m projecting both the Irish and Tigers to run the table and there’s no way the selection committee excludes an undefeated Power 5 team from the playoff. If my scenario happens, then the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 are left out of the playoff. I don’t think those leagues will have an undefeated champion, but good news for Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 fans: I might be wrong.

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

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

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

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

Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Oklahoma vs. Auburn

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

Peach Bowl – Dec. 29 (at large vs. at-large)
Projection: Kentucky vs. Penn State

Other Bowls
Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
Projection: Wisconsin vs. LSU

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

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

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

Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
Projection: Texas Tech vs. Cal**

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

Sun Bowl – Dec. 31 (ACC vs. Pac-12)
Projection: Duke vs. Washington State

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

Arizona Bowl – Dec. 29 (Mountain West vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Fresno State vs. Georgia Southern

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

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

Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28 (ACC vs. Big 12)
Projection: Miami vs. TCU

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

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

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

Independence Bowl – Dec. 27 (ACC vs. SEC)
Projection: Wake Forest vs. UAB**

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

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

First Responder Bowl – Dec. 26 (C-USA vs. Big Ten)
Projection:  North Texas vs. Purdue

Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 22 (C-USA vs. Mountain West)
Projection: FAU 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: Navy vs. BYU**

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

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

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

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

Frisco Bowl – Dec. 19 (American vs. MAC)
Projection: Southern Miss** vs. Akron

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

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

Camellia Bowl – Dec. 15 (MAC vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Appalachian State

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

Cure Bowl – Dec. 15 (American vs. Sun Belt)
Projection: Eastern Michigan** vs. Coastal Carolina

New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 15 (C-USA vs. Mountain West)
Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Utah 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.