Week 13 2014-15 Bowl Projections
The College Football Playoff selection committee unveiled its fourth Top 25 rankings on Tuesday night, and Mississippi State no longer occupied the top spot.
Dan Mullen’s squad fell to Alabama in Tuscaloosa last Saturday, leaving the Bulldogs in an interesting position with a late-season loss. They are still in the four-team mix, as the committee placed them at No. 4 this week. But will they get passed up by the end of the season?
As we close the book on Week 12 and look ahead to Week 13, 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 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State
Semifinal—Jan. 1 Sugar (New Orleans): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 TCU
Championship—Jan. 12 (Arlington): The winners of the two semifinals meet
The CFP Selection Committee bowl games
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Dec. 31 Peach (Atlanta): Georgia (At-Large) vs. Marshall (At-Large)
Dec. 31 Orange (Miami): Duke (ACC) vs. Ole Miss (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame)
Dec. 31 Fiesta (Glendale): UCLA (At-Large) vs. Ohio State (At-Large)
Jan. 1 Cotton (Arlington): Baylor (At-Large) vs. Mississippi State (At-Large)
The rest of the bowl slate
Dec. 20 New Orleans (New Orleans): Arkansas State (Sun Belt) vs. San Diego State (MWC)
Dec. 20 Idaho Potato (Boise): Air Force (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): Memphis (American) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 23 Poinsettia (San Diego): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 23 Boca (Boca Raton): UAB (C-USA) vs. Central Michigan (MAC)
Dec. 24 Bahamas (Nassau): Middle Tennessee (C-USA) vs. Western Michigan (MAC)
Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Nevada (MWC) vs. UTEP (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Quick Lane (Detroit): Boston College (ACC/MAC) vs. Rutgers (Big Ten/MAC)
Dec. 26 Bitcoin (St. Petersburg): East Carolina (American) vs. NC State (C-USA/ACC)
Dec. 26 Zaxby’s (Dallas): Maryland (Big Ten/Big 12) vs. Louisiana Tech (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Military (Annapolis): Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Cincinnati (American)
Dec. 27 Independence (Shreveport): North Carolina (ACC) vs. *Temple (SEC/C-USA)
Dec. 27 Pinstripe (New York): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Penn State (Big Ten)
Dec. 27 Sun (El Paso): Miami, FL (ACC) vs. USC (Pac-12)
Dec. 27 Holiday (San Diego): Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)
Dec. 29 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Clemson (ACC) vs. Oklahoma (Big 12)
Dec. 29 Liberty (Memphis): West Virginia (Big 12) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
Dec. 29 Texas (Houston): Texas (Big 12) vs. LSU (SEC)
Dec. 30 Belk (Charlotte): *Notre Dame (ACC) vs. Florida (SEC)
Dec. 30 San Francisco (Santa Clara): Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Louisville (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Tennessee (SEC)
Jan. 1 Citrus (Orlando): Minnesota (Big Ten) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. Auburn (SEC)
Jan. 2 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Houston (American) vs. *Cal (Army/Big 12/Big Ten)
Jan. 2 Alamo (San Antonio): Kansas State (Big 12) vs. Arizona (Pac-12)
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer (Jacksonville): Wisconsin (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Missouri (SEC)
Jan. 2 Cactus (Tempe): Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Washington (Pac-12)
Jan. 3 Birmingham (Birmingham): *Akron (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.