Week 11 2014-15 Bowl Projections
The College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its second Top 25 rankings on Tuesday night, and there’s a chance that we won’t see a non-Power Five team in the mix.
East Carolina looked lost in a road setback at Temple, meaning things have opened up for Marshall to claim the Group of Five’s ‘New Year’s Six’ bowl slot. But the Thundering Herd may not even show up in this week’s standings, and the committee won’t let us know where any team stands outside of those Top 25 squads.
As we close the book on Week 10 and look ahead to Week 11, 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
US PRESSWIREUrban Meyer and the Buckeyes could be headed to a 'New Year's Six' game.
Dec. 31 Peach (Atlanta): Ohio State (At-Large) vs. Marshall (At-Large)
Dec. 31 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC) vs. Notre Dame (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame)
Dec. 31 Fiesta (Glendale): Nebraska (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. Bowling Green (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): East Carolina (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. *Temple (Big Ten/MAC)
Dec. 26 Bitcoin (St. Petersburg): Memphis (American) vs. *Cal (C-USA/ACC)
Dec. 26 Zaxby’s (Dallas): Rutgers (Big Ten/Big 12) vs. UTEP (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Military (Annapolis): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Cincinnati (American)
Dec. 27 Independence (Shreveport): NC State (ACC) vs. Texas A&M (SEC/C-USA)
Dec. 27 Pinstripe (New York): Miami, FL( ACC) vs. Penn State (Big Ten)
Dec. 27 Sun (El Paso): Duke (ACC) vs. Washington (Pac-12)
Dec. 27 Holiday (San Diego): Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Arizona State (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. Georgia (SEC)
Dec. 30 Belk (Charlotte): Pitt (ACC) vs. Missouri (SEC)
Dec. 30 San Francisco (Santa Clara): Minnesota (Big Ten) vs. USC (Pac-12)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Virginia Tech (ACC/Big Ten) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
Jan. 1 Citrus (Orlando): Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Michigan (Big Ten) vs. Florida (SEC)
Jan. 2 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Houston (American) vs. *Stanford (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. UCLA (Pac-12)
Jan. 3 Birmingham (Birmingham): Kentucky (SEC) vs. UCF (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.