Week 10 2014-15 Bowl Projections
The College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its initial Top 25 rankings on Tuesday night, giving us a little bit better idea of how the group has seen the 2014 campaign unfold thus far.
As we close the book on Week 9 and look ahead to Week 10 (!!!), let's take a look at how the new College Football Playoff could look in its first season as well as how the rest of the postseason could shake out in my latest bowl projections.
Below is how I slotted all of the teams for each and every bowl game. Yes, all 39 of them.
And, as always, these projections are subject to change — especially because it's still not entirely clear how the College Football Playoff will ultimately come together and it's common for some conferences to not always be able to fill all of their bowl tie-ins.
* Replacement team for a conference that cannot fill its bowl slot.
— If bowl-eligible, Army will play in the Armed Forces Bowl, Navy will play in the Poinsettia Bowl and BYU will play in the Miami Beach Bowl.
Note: One team from the so-called Group of Five (American Athletic, MAC, Mountain West, Conference USA and Sun Belt) will get chosen for either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl.
The College Football Playoff
Semifinal—Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oregon
Semifinal—Jan. 1 Sugar (New Orleans): No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Championship—Jan. 12 (Arlington): The winners of the two semifinals meet
The CFP Selection Committee bowl games
Dec. 31 Peach (Atlanta): Georgia (At-Large) vs. East Carolina (At-Large)
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Dec. 31 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC) vs. Notre Dame (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame)
Dec. 31 Fiesta (Glendale): Ohio State (At-Large) vs. Auburn (At-Large)
Jan. 1 Cotton (Arlington): TCU (At-Large) vs. Mississippi State (At-Large)
The rest of the bowl slate
Dec. 20 New Orleans (New Orleans): Arkansas State (Sun Belt) vs. Air Force (MWC)
Dec. 20 Idaho Potato (Boise): Nevada (MWC) vs. Akron (MAC)
Dec. 20 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Utah (Pac-12)
Dec. 20 New Mexico (Albuquerque): Utah State (MWC) vs. Rice (C-USA)
Dec. 20 Camellia (Montgomery): Toledo (MAC) vs. South Alabama (Sun Belt/ACC)
Dec. 22 Miami Beach (Miami): Cincinnati (American) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 23 Poinsettia (San Diego): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 23 Boca (Boca Raton): Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. Central Michigan (MAC)
Dec. 24 Bahamas (Nassau): Middle Tennessee (C-USA) vs. Western Michigan (MAC)
Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): San Diego State (MWC) vs. UAB (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Quick Lane (Detroit): Boston College (ACC/MAC) vs. Bowling Green (Big Ten/MAC)
Dec. 26 Bitcoin (St. Petersburg): UCF (American) vs. NC State (C-USA/ACC)
Dec. 26 Zaxby’s (Dallas): Rutgers (Big Ten/Big 12) vs. Marshall (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Military (Annapolis): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Memphis (American)
Dec. 27 Independence (Shreveport): North Carolina (ACC) vs. North Texas (SEC/C-USA)
Dec. 27 Pinstripe (New York): Miami, FL( ACC) vs. Penn State (Big Ten)
Dec. 27 Sun (El Paso): Duke (ACC) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)
Dec. 27 Holiday (San Diego): Iowa (Big Ten) vs. USC (Pac-12)
Dec. 29 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Louisville (ACC) vs. Baylor (Big 12)
Dec. 29 Liberty (Memphis): West Virginia (Big 12) vs. Tennessee (SEC)
Dec. 29 Texas (Houston): Kansas State (Big 12) vs. *UCLA (SEC)
Dec. 30 Belk (Charlotte): Pitt (ACC) vs. Missouri (SEC)
Dec. 30 San Francisco (Santa Clara): Minnesota (Big Ten) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Virginia Tech (ACC/Big Ten) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
Jan. 1 Citrus (Orlando): Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)
Jan. 2 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Houston (American) vs. Illinois (Army/Big 12/Big Ten)
Jan. 2 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. Arizona (Pac-12)
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer (Jacksonville): Maryland (ACC/Big Ten) vs. LSU (SEC)
Jan. 2 Cactus (Tempe): Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Washington (Pac-12)
Jan. 3 Birmingham (Birmingham): Kentucky (SEC) vs. Temple (American)
Jan. 4 GoDaddy (Mobile): Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. La.-Lafayette (Sun Belt)
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.