College football bowl projections

Here's how our experts see the bowl matchups, just in front of the season's final College Football Playoff rankings. All times Eastern.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl


State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Opening line from Caesars Sportsbook: No. 3 Clemson (-2)

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

4 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: LSU vs. Oklahoma

Schlabach: LSU vs. Oklahoma

Opening line from Caesars Sportsbook: No. 1 LSU (-10)

College Football Playoff National Championship

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

8 p.m., Jan. 13, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: LSU vs. Ohio State

Schlabach: LSU vs. Clemson



Bowl schedule



Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

2 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Schlabach: Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Tropical Smoothie CafeFrisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN2/ESPN App


Bonagura: SMU vs. UAB

Schlabach: SMU vs. Southern Miss

Celebration Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Noon, Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App


Bonagura: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T

Schlabach: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T

New Mexico Bowl

Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Marshall vs. San Diego State

Schlabach: Nevada vs. Western Kentucky

Cure Bowl

Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida

2:30 p.m., Dec. 21, CBS Sports Network


Bonagura: Georgia Southern vs. FIU

Schlabach: Liberty vs. Arkansas State

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App


Bonagura: Ohio vs. Tulane

Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Central Michigan

Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

5:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Toledo vs. Louisiana

Schlabach: Kent State vs. Georgia State

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App


Bonagura: Washington vs. Boise State

Schlabach: Boise State vs. Arizona State



R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

9 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech

Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech



Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

2:30 p.m., Dec. 23, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Temple vs. Western Kentucky


Schlabach: UCF vs. UAB

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

8 p.m., Dec. 24, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: BYU vs. Hawai'i

Schlabach: BYU vs. Hawai'i

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

4 p.m., Dec. 26, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Florida Atlantic vs. Miami

Schlabach: Miami vs. Florida Atlantic

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit

8 p.m., Dec. 26, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. Boston College

Schlabach: Boston College vs. Western Michigan

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Noon, Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Pittsburgh vs. UCF

Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Temple

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, New York

3:20 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest

Schlabach: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston

6:45 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego

8 p.m., Dec. 27, Fox Sports 1


Bonagura: USC vs. Iowa

Schlabach: Iowa vs. USC

Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix

10:15 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Washington State vs. Air Force

Schlabach: Air Force vs. Washington State

Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Noon, Dec. 28, ABC/ESPN App


Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Texas

Schlabach: Notre Dame vs. Texas

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Memphis vs. Penn State

Noon, Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Memphis vs. Wisconsin

Schlabach: Memphis vs. Wisconsin

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

12:30 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Southern Miss vs. Kent State

Schlabach: Marshall vs. Toledo

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

4 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Mississippi State vs. Louisville

Schlabach: Louisville vs. Tennessee

Redbox Bowl

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

4 p.m., Dec. 30, Fox


Bonagura: California vs. Illinois

Schlabach: California vs. Illinois

Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

8 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App



Bonagura: Florida vs. Virginia

Schlabach: Florida vs. Virginia

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Noon, Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

2 p.m., Dec. 31, CBS


Bonagura: Arizona State vs. North Carolina

Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Washington

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

3:45 p.m., Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Navy vs. Iowa State

Schlabach: Iowa State vs. Navy

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m., Dec. 31, CBS Sports Network


Bonagura: Nevada vs. Georgia State

Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. Wyoming

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio

7:30 p.m., Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Utah vs. Oklahoma State

Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Utah

Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

1 p.m., Jan. 1, ABC/ESPN App


Bonagura: Alabama vs. Michigan

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Michigan

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

1 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Auburn vs. Minnesota

Schlabach: Auburn vs. Minnesota

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

5 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Oregon vs. Penn State

Schlabach: Oregon vs. Penn State

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

8:45 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Baylor vs. Georgia

Schlabach: Baylor vs. Georgia

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

3 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Florida State vs. Cincinnati

Schlabach: Florida State vs. Tulane

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

7 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Tennessee vs. Indiana

Schlabach: Indiana vs. Kentucky

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m., Jan. 3, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Central Michigan vs. Utah State

Schlabach: Ohio vs. Utah State

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

11:30 p.m., Jan. 4, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Liberty vs. Wyoming

Schlabach: Florida International vs. San Diego State

LendingTree Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

7:30 p.m., Jan. 6, ESPN/ESPN App


Bonagura: Miami (Ohio) vs. Arkansas State

Schlabach: Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana
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