College Football Bowl Projections Week 11: Michigan State falls, Ohio State rises

A playoff contender fell this weekend, meaning our college football bowl projections feature a number of new and exciting matchups.

Week 10 was an exciting one for college football fans. Georgia got a scare for about five seconds before putting away Missouri. Alabama struggled to knock out LSU. Oregon battled in the rain with Washington. Michigan State went down. This means that our latest bowl projections will change, a new playoff team emerges, and every game below them features a new and exciting college football matchup!

College Football Bowl Projections | Week 11

Outside of the playoff, our bowl projections fluctuated thanks to some under-the-radar upsets. Which teams do we project playing in bowl games this season?

Bowl Projections

Texas Bowl: Clemson vs. Mississippi State
Citrus Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Auburn
Outback Bowl: Virginia vs. Tennessee
Arizona Bowl: Utah State vs. Kent State
Sun Bowl: North Carolina vs. Texas
Gator Bowl: Pitt vs. Ole Miss
Las Vegas Bowl: Penn State vs. Arizona State
Music City Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Miami vs. Minnesota
Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. UCLA
Cheez-It Bowl: NC State vs. Iowa State
Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville vs. Maryland
Fenway Bowl: Texas Tech vs. SMU
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas State vs. Iowa
Holiday Bowl: Purdue vs. USC

More Bowl Projections

Liberty Bowl: West Virginia vs. Arkansas
First Responder Bowl: Syracuse vs. Washington State
Birmingham Bowl: LSU vs. Houston
Military Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Memphis
Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan
Camellia Bowl: Louisiana vs. UTSA
Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. BYU
Gasparilla Bowl: Liberty vs. TCU
Armed Forces Bowl: UCF vs. Air Force
Frisco Bowl: UAB vs. ECU

Remaining Bowl Projections

Idaho Potato Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. San Jose State
Myrtle Beach Bowl: Marshall vs. Coastal Carolina
New Orleans Bowl: Ball State vs. Appalachian State
Los Angeles Bowl: Nevada vs. Oregon State
Lending Tree Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Troy
Independence Bowl: Washington vs. Army
New Mexico Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Boise State
Boca Raton Bowl: UTEP vs. Toledo
Cure Bowl: Louisiana-Monroe vs. FAU
Bahamas Bowl: Charlotte vs. Buffalo

Analyzing the College Football Bowl Projections

If you’re not excited for Virginia and Tennessee to duke it out, then I don’t know what to tell you. Brennan Armstrong and Hendon Hooker have an ACC connection, but both have evolved their games since that time.

If you like points, then North Carolina-Texas should satisfy you. Mack Brown faces his old squad, and both teams have the potential for serious fireworks on offense.

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Speaking of offense, Pitt and Ole Miss also bring the heat on that side of the ball. Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral both elevated their draft stock this season and could end their collegiate careers with a bang.

A few underrated Group of Five matchups to watch include Justin Fuente facing his old squad in Memphis. Levi Lewis (Louisiana) and Frank Harris (UTSA) battle it out as two southpaws in the Camellia Bowl, while Fresno State and BYU bring serious shootout potential.

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

Cotton Bowl: Georgia vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oregon
Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Utah
Fiesta Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Oklahoma State
Peach Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Michigan

Analyzing the New Year’s Bowl Projections

If we’re being honest, Georgia’s on a level that no one can touch. Alabama and Oregon hung on this weekend, lowering the country’s confidence in them to win it all.

With Michigan State’s loss, Ohio State slides in despite struggling to beat Nebraska. The Big Ten just doesn’t know what to do with itself this year.

Cincinnati had a chance to get into the College Football Playoff Committee’s final four but let Tulsa hang around to the very end. They needed a fumble at the goal line to prevent the Golden Hurricane from tying the game. They still get a chance to prove their worth against Michigan in their return to the Peach Bowl.

Oklahoma’s playoff hopes took a hit with Baylor falling to TCU this weekend, but they’re not out of it yet. Michigan State didn’t lose everything this weekend, as they still end up in the Rose Bowl facing a tough Utah Utes team.