12 November 2014

2014-15 Bowl Projections: Week 12

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It looks like we may have a controversy brewing already for the Selection Committee for the inaugural College Football Playoff, and it surrounds the Big 12. TCU, after an impressive win over Kansas State on Saturday night, sits at fourth in the rankings. Baylor, who blew out Oklahoma on Saturday, sits in seventh. It looks like it both teams win out, TCU would get to the playoff but here's the issue: Baylor beat them head-to-head and if both win out, Baylor, not TCU, will be the conference champion. TCU does have one relatively notable non-conference wins vs. Minnesota, but they also struggled to beat Oklahoma when Baylor crushed them. How much will the committee value head-to-head results, and conference championships? Still to be determined, quite frankly.

Something else of note from the rankings: Oregon jumping Florida State despite having a loss. The Seminoles have not looked all that impressive, but they still have yet to lose.

With all of that in mind, here are my bowl projections for this week.

Playoff Rankings

Thursday, January 1st
Oregon vs. Florida State

Mississippi State vs. Baylor

Selection committee games
Wednesday, January 31st
Auburn vs. Marshall

Arizona State vs. Michigan State

Alabama vs. Duke

Thursday, January 1st
TCU vs. Ohio State

Other bowls
Saturday, December 20th
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Nevada

Utah State vs. California

Boise State vs. Stanford

Central Michigan vs. San Diego State

Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

Monday, December 22nd
Cincinnati vs. BYU

Tuesday, December 23rd
Toledo vs. Louisiana Tech

Colorado State vs. Navy

Wednesday, December 24th
Northern Illinois vs. UAB

Air Force vs. Middle Tennessee

Friday, December 26th
Rice vs. Rutgers

NC State vs. Michigan

UCF vs. Western Kentucky

Saturday, December 27th
East Carolina vs. Virginia

Utah vs. Miami (FL)


Pittsburgh vs. UTEP
Boston College vs. Penn State

USC vs. Minnesota

Monday, December 29th
West Virginia vs. Florida

Clemson vs. Oklahoma

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State

Tuesday, December 30th
Missouri vs. Louisville

Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina

San Francisco Bowl
Arizona vs. Iowa

Thursday, January 1st
Nebraska vs. Ole Miss

Georgia vs. Wisconsin

Friday, January 2nd
Houston vs. Texas State

LSU vs. Maryland

Kansas State vs. UCLA

Washington vs. Temple

Saturday, January 3rd
Memphis vs. Kentucky

Sunday, January 4th
Arkansas State vs. Western Michigan

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