College Football Bowl Projections Week 14: Michigan, Oklahoma State enter the playoff picture

    New teams appear in the latest college football bowl projections for the College Football Playoff. How do Oklahoma State & Michigan stack up?

    College Football Bowl Projections Week 14: Michigan, Oklahoma State enter the playoff picture

    The College Football Playoff got a huge shakeup on Saturday when Michigan finally toppled Ohio State. The Wolverines are staring at their first CFP bid while the Buckeyes are on the outside looking in. To see where OSU may land now, let’s check the latest college football bowl projections.

    College Football Bowl Projections | Week 14

    The college football bowl projections got a huge shakeup not just with Ohio State losing but also Oklahoma dropping their Bedlam game to Oklahoma State. Here’s how everything projects now.

    Bowl Projections

    Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Mississippi State
    Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Texas A&M
    Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
    Arizona Bowl: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
    Sun Bowl: Miami (FL) vs. Washington State
    Gator Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Arkansas
    Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Purdue
    Music City Bowl: Minnesota vs. Tennessee

    Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Virginia vs. South Carolina
    Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Utah
    Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson vs. Iowa State
    Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville vs. Penn State
    Fenway Bowl: Boston College vs. Memphis
    Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia vs. Maryland
    Holiday Bowl: NC State vs. UCLA

    More Bowl Projections

    Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Auburn
    First Responder Bowl: San Diego State vs. Houston
    Birmingham Bowl: UCF vs. LSU
    Military Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina
    Quick Lane Bowl: Missouri vs. Toledo
    Camellia Bowl: Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan
    Hawaii Bowl: Wyoming vs. Tulsa
    Gasparilla Bowl: North Carolina vs. Western Kentucky
    Armed Forces Bowl: SMU vs. Air Force
    Frisco Bowl: Marshall vs. Kent State

    Remaining Bowl Projections

    Idaho Potato Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise State
    Myrtle Beach Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. Army
    New Orleans Bowl: UTSA vs. Louisiana
    Los Angeles Bowl: Fresno State vs. Oregon State
    Lending Tree Bowl: Old Dominion vs. Georgia State
    Independence Bowl: UAB vs. BYU
    New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. UTEP
    Boca Raton Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
    Cure Bowl: Florida vs. Appalachian State
    Bahamas Bowl: North Texas vs. Miami (OH)

    Analyzing the College Football Bowl Projections

    Buried inside some of the college football bowl projections are incredible player vs. player matchups. Some interesting teams take center stage all the same. West Virginia matching up with former Big East foe Maryland strikes up memories of old as well.

    All in all, some of the “smaller-school” matchups are most interesting.

    UAB taking on BYU in the Independence Bowl could potentially push UAB into the Top 25 before next season with a victory. A Cougars victory, however, would showcase to the College Football Playoff selection committee that this BYU team is ready for the jump.

    Another Group of Five matchup for the ages would be 11-1 UTSA vs. 11-1 and potential Sun Belt Champion Louisiana. Stylistically, this would be a tremendous matchup of next-level talent, ascending head coaches, and terrific culture programs.

    College Football’s New Year’s Six and Playoff Projections

    Cotton Bowl: Michigan vs. Cincinnati
    Orange Bowl: Georgia vs. Oklahoma State
    Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Baylor
    Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon
    Fiesta Bowl: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame
    Peach Bowl: Mississippi vs. Pittsburgh

    Analyzing the New Year’s Bowl Projections

    Here we are with two newcomers to the College Football Playoff: Michigan and Oklahoma State. As potentially interesting as Michigan vs. Cincinnati seem right now, it’s imperative to note that the Wolverines have to defeat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game and Cincinnati has to defeat Houston in the AAC Championship Game for this to happen. Houston has won 11 straight ahead of their game against Cincinnati for the AAC title.

    Similarly, Oklahoma State makes their first appearance with a potential matchup against Georgia. This projects the Cowboys to defeat Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game as well as Georgia knocking off Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Those two results would vault Oklahoma State above a one-loss Notre Dame team and give Mike Gundy his first playoff appearance.

    Buckeyes in an interesting dilemma

    As far as the other New Year’s Six Bowls, Alabama looks victim to a projected loss to Georgia. Ohio State backs into the Rose Bowl following the loss to Michigan. OSU could even get kicked out of the Rose Bowl if Iowa were to defeat Michigan, marking for an interesting dilemma for Buckeyes fans nationwide.

    Do you cheer for Michigan to make the playoffs and secure your Rose Bowl spot? As sacrilegious as that may sound, a Rose Bowl appearance would be much better than a Florida December (Citrus, Outback) or Fiesta Bowl appearance this season.

    Also interestingly enough, the current bowl projections give Oregon an edge to win the Pac-12 Championship Game over Utah in Week 14. The Ducks were dominated by the Utes in Week 12, so current odds projecting them to upset the Utes makes for interesting pregame fodder.

    Notre Dame and Ole Miss getting at-large bids sparks thoughts of their final College Football Playoff rankings. Pittsburgh’s appearance in the Peach Bowl indicates they’ll be the favorite over Wake Forest to win the ACC. You can bet Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett would guarantee himself a ticket to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony with an ACC Championship.

    Cam Mellor is the senior director of college football and NFL Draft at Pro Football Network. You can read all of Cam’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.


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