Week 14 Bowl Projections

The penultimate bowl projections of the season has quite a few changes across the board. At the top, Oklahoma is now projected in the playoff instead of Michigan, and I've moved Alabama from the Cotton Bowl to the Orange Bowl. Presumably, if there is an Alabama/Oklahoma matchup the committee will send them to Miami given Oklahoma's proximity to the Cotton Bowl.

Elsewhere in the New Year's Six, Michigan and Washington State's losses shook things up. The Wolverines will almost certainly still make a New Year's Six bowl, but I'm less sure about the Cougars. They've dropped below Florida in the AP poll, and if the committee puts them behind both Florida and LSU tonight then I'll have to put LSU in the NY6 over Washington State. Clemson or Ohio State losing this weekend would put Pitt or Northwestern in the NY6, respectively. That would take away a spot from Michigan or Florida or Wazzu.

We've made it to 81 bowl eligible teams, and it'll be 82 if Virginia Tech beats Marshall on Saturday. That means at least 3, potentially 4, bowl-eligible teams will be left home. It looks like the MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt will be the affected conferences. Right now I have Wyoming, Western Michigan, Miami (OH) and ULM on the outside looking in.

Cotton (Playoff Semifinal): #2 Clemson vs. #3 Notre Dame
Orange (Playoff Semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Oklahoma
Peach: Michigan vs. Florida
Fiesta: UCF vs. Washington State
Rose: Ohio State vs. Washington
Sugar: West Virginia vs. Georgia
Citrus: Penn State vs. LSU
Outback: Iowa vs. Missouri
Sun: Pittsburgh vs. Cal
TaxSlayer: Michigan State vs. Auburn
Holiday: Northwestern vs. Oregon
Liberty: Kentucky vs. Baylor
Redbox: Minnesota vs. Stanford
Military: Boston College vs. Temple
Arizona: Nevada vs. Arkansas State
Belk: Mississippi State vs. NC State
Alamo: Texas vs. Utah
Camping World: Iowa State vs. Syracuse
Music City: South Carolina vs. Miami (FL)
Texas: TCU vs. Texas A&M
Pinstripe: Wisconsin vs. Georgia Tech
Independence: Duke vs. BYU*
Cheez-It: Oklahoma State vs. Fresno State*
Quick Lane: Purdue vs. Virginia
First Responder: North Texas vs. Virginia Tech*
Hawaii: Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech
Dollar General: Ohio vs. Troy
Armed Forces: Houston vs. Army*
Birmingham: Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
Famous Idaho Potato: Utah State vs. Buffalo
Bahamas: Toledo vs. FIU
Gasparilla: Memphis vs. UAB
Frisco: Tulane vs. Eastern Michigan
Boca Raton: USF vs. Southern Miss
New Orleans: Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee
Camellia: NIU vs. Louisiana
Las Vegas: Boise State vs. Arizona State
Cure: Georgia Southern vs. Wake Forest*
New Mexico: San Diego State vs. Marshall

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