College football bowl projections after Week 15

With the College Football Playoff selection show (ESPN and ESPN App, noon ET) just a week away, there is a little shake-up in our weekly projections.

After No. 6 Florida's shocking loss against LSU, one ultimately decided by an untimely penalty after the Gators' Marco Wilson tossed a cleat down the field, we are looking at a different semifinals lineup.


Teams that have opted out of bowl games so far include Boston College, Pitt, Virginia and Stanford. LSU has self-imposed a bowl ban.

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach make their latest picks. This will be updated as game matchups become locked in.

College Football Playoff



College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Jan. 11, ESPN


Bonagura: Alabama vs. Clemson

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl presented by Capital One

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Jan. 1, ESPN


Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 1, ESPN


Bonagura: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Bowl schedule



Dec. 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)

2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Georgia Southern vs. Western Kentucky

Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. Western Kentucky

Actual matchup: Appalachian State vs. North Texas

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)

3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Boise State vs. Ball State

Schlabach: Nevada vs. Tulane

Actual matchup: Nevada vs. Tulane

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Florida)

7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: UCF vs. Kent State

Schlabach: UCF vs. Florida Atlantic

Actual matchup: UCF vs. BYU

Dec. 23

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)

3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: UAB vs. Louisiana

Schlabach:Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern



Actual matchup: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern

Montgomery Bowl

Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)

7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2 and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia State

Schlabach: Memphis vs. Liberty


Actual matchup: Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic

Dec. 24

New Mexico Bowl

TBD (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: San Jose State vs. BYU

Schlabach:San Jose State vs. Houston


Actual matchup: Hawai'i vs. Houston

Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)

2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina

Schlabach: Ball State vs. Georgia State

Dec. 26

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)


Noon on ABC and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Georgia Tech vs. Liberty

Schlabach:Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina

Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)

Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Florida Atlantic vs. Troy

Schlabach: UAB vs. Louisiana

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)

3:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Wake Forest vs. Tulsa

Schlabach: Wake Forest vs. BYU

Actual matchup: UTSA vs TBD

LendingTree Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Alabama)

3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Marshall vs. Appalachian State

Schlabach: Marshall vs. Coastal Carolina

Actual matchup: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)

7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Army vs. Oregon

Schlabach: Army vs. Oregon

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Chase Field (Phoenix)

10:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Penn State vs. West Virginia

Schlabach: Rutgers vs. West Virginia

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)

2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura:Louisville vs. Navy

Schlabach:Louisville vs. Navy

Dec. 29

Cheez-It Bowl

Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)

5:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Miami vs. Oklahoma State

Schlabach: Miami vs. Texas

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome (San Antonio)

9 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Oklahoma vs. Washington

Schlabach: Iowa State vs. Colorado

Dec. 30

Duke's Mayo Bowl

Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin

Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State

TransPerfect Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)

3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Minnesota vs. Tennessee

Schlabach: Minnesota vs. Kentucky

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

7:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Iowa State vs. Florida

Schlabach: Oklahoma vs. Florida

Dec. 31

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)

Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Colorado vs. Missouri


Schlabach: Washington vs. Mississippi State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)

4 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: TCU vs. South Carolina

Schlabach: TCU vs. Tennessee

Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)

4 p.m. on CBSSN


Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. Nevada

Schlabach: Buffalo vs. Boise State

Mercari Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium (Houston)

8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Texas vs. Arkansas

Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas

Jan. 1

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)

Noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Memphis vs. Mississippi State

Schlabach: Tulsa vs. San Jose State

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)

12:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)

1 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Northwestern vs. Auburn

Schlabach: Northwestern vs. Auburn

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)

Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: NC State vs. Ole Miss

Schlabach: NC State vs. Ole Miss

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)

12:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Iowa vs. Kentucky

Schlabach: Iowa vs. Missouri

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)

4 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: USC vs. Indiana

Schlabach: USC vs. Indiana

Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)

8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. North Carolina

Schlabach: Texas A&M vs. North Carolina

Canceled bowl games



Bowl games that have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic:


  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl

  • Fenway Bowl

  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

  • Bahamas Bowl

  • Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

  • Hawai'i Bowl

  • LA Bowl

  • Las Vegas Bowl

  • Redbox Bowl

  • Sun Bowl

  • Quick Lane Bowl

  • Celebration Bowl

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl



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