College Football Bowl Projections 2018: Updated Before Conference Championship Week

It’s nearly college football bowl season and the Chat Sports crew is here with bowl projections for 2018. That includes projections for the College Football Playoff, the New Year’s Six bowl games and the rest of the bowl games this year. Who will make the College Football Playoff and what teams will get left out of the New Year’s Six or even bowl season entirely? 

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Here’s a look at all of the bowl game projections: 
CFP Semifinals:
Orange Bowl - #1 Alabama vs. #4 Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl- #2 Clemson vs. #3 Notre Dame

New Year’s Six:
Peach Bowl - LSU vs. Michigan 
Fiesta Bowl - UCF vs. Florida
Rose Bowl - Ohio State vs. Washington
Sugar Bowl - Georgia vs. Texas

Alamo Bowl: Big 12 vs. Pac-12 (Dec. 28, 9p ET)
West Virginia vs. Washington State

Citrus Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten (or ACC) (Jan. 1, 1p ET)
Penn State vs. Kentucky

Holiday Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12 (Dec. 31, 7p ET)
Utah vs. Iowa

Outback Bowl: Big Ten vs. SEC (Jan. 1, 12p ET)
Northwestern vs. Mississippi State

Gator Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten (or ACC) (Dec. 31, 7:30p ET)
Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin

Texas Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC (Dec. 27, 9p ET)
Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

Belk Bowl: ACC vs. SEC (Dec. 29, 12p ET)
South Carolina vs. NC State

Music City Bowl: SEC vs. ACC (or Big Ten) (Dec. 28, 1:30p ET)
Auburn vs. Miami (FL)

Pinstripe Bowl: ACC vs. Big Ten (Dec. 27, 5:15p ET)
Boston College vs. Michigan State

Liberty Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC (Dec. 31, 3:45p ET)
Vanderbilt vs. Baylor

Redbox Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12 (Dec. 31, 3p ET)
Oregon vs. Purdue

Sun Bowl: ACC vs. Pac-12 (Dec. 31, 2p ET)
Cal vs. Pittsburgh

Las Vegas Bowl: Mountain West vs. Pac-12 (Dec., 15, 3:30p ET)
Arizona State vs. Boise State

Camping World Bowl: ACC vs. Big 12 (Dec. 28, 5:15p ET)
Iowa State vs. Syracuse

Cheez-It Bowl: Big 12 vs. Pac-12 (Dec. 26, 9p ET)
TCU vs. Stanford

Military Bowl: ACC vs. American (Dec. 31, 12p ET)
Georgia Tech vs. Cincinnati

Independence Bowl: ACC vs. SEC (Dec. 27, 1:30p ET) (or CUSA)
Virginia vs. BYU

Quick Lane Bowl: ACC vs. Big Ten (Dec. 26, 5:15p ET)
Duke vs. Minnesota

Birmingham Bowl: American vs. SEC (or ACC) (Dec. 22, 12p ET)
Temple vs. Wake Forest

Bahamas Bowl: MAC vs. C-USA (Dec. 21, 12:30p ET)
**Florida Int’l vs. **Toledo
Matchup already announced

Hawaii Bowl: C-USA vs. Mountain West (Dec. 22, 10:30p ET)
**Hawaii vs. Southern Miss
Announced Hawaii will play here

Arizona Bowl: Sun Belt vs. Mountain West (Dec. 29, 1:15p ET)
**Arkansas State vs. Nevada
Announced that Ark St will play here

Frisco Bowl: American vs. At Large (Dec. 19, 8p ET)
Tulane vs. Western Michigan

First Responder Bowl: Big Ten or Big 12 vs. C-USA (Dec. 26, 1:30p ET)
North Texas vs. Virginia Tech

Boca Raton Bowl: American vs. C-USA (Dec. 18, 7p ET)
Marshall vs. South Florida

New Orleans Bowl: C-USA vs. Sun Belt (Dec., 15, 9p ET)
Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Gasparilla Bowl: American vs. C-USA (Dec. 20, 8p ET)
Middle Tennessee vs. Memphis

New Mexico Bowl: C-USA vs. Mountain West (Dec., 15, 2p ET)
UAB vs. Fresno State

Cure Bowl: American vs. Sun Belt (Dec., 15, 2:30p ET)
Houston vs. Louisiana

Dollar General Bowl: MAC vs. Sun Belt (Dec. 22, 7p ET)
Buffalo vs. Troy

Camellia Bowl: MAC vs. Sun Belt (Dec., 15, 5:30p ET)
Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Southern

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: MAC vs. Mountain West (Dec. 21, 4p ET)
Ohio vs. Utah State

Armed Forces Bowl: American vs. Big 12 (or SEC) (Dec. 22, 3:30p ET)
San Diego State vs. Army

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