College football bowl projections

Here's how our experts see the bowl matchups after the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings.

All times Eastern.

College Football Playoff National Championship

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

8 p.m., Jan. 13, ESPN


Bonagura:LSU vs. Ohio State

Schlabach:LSU vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

4 or 8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN


Bonagura: LSU vs. Clemson

Schlabach: LSU vs. Clemson

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

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

4 of 8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN


Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Utah

Schlabach:Ohio State vs. Oklahoma

Bowl schedule



Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

2 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN


Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Schlabach:Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Tropical Smoothie CafeFrisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN2


Bonagura: SMU vs. Florida Atlantic

Schlabach:Tulane vs. Toledo

Celebration Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Noon, Dec. 21, ABC


Bonagura: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

Schlabach:North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

New Mexico Bowl

Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN


Bonagura: Marshall vs. San Diego State

Schlabach:Western Kentucky vs. Wyoming

Cure Bowl

Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida

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


Bonagura: Georgia Southern vs. Florida International

Schlabach:Arkansas State vs. Liberty

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC


Bonagura: Ohio vs. Tulane

Schlabach:Ohio vs. SMU

Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

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


Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. Louisiana

Schlabach:Georgia State vs. Kent State

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC


Bonagura: Boise State vs. Washington State

Schlabach:Boise State vs. Arizona State



R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

9 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN


Bonagura:Appalachian State vs. UAB

Schlabach:Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech



Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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


Bonagura: Western Kentucky vs. Temple

Schlabach:Florida International vs. UCF

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl


Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

8 p.m., Dec. 24, ESPN


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


Bonagura: Miami vs. Louisiana Tech

Schlabach:Miami vs. Florida Atlantic

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit

8 p.m., Dec. 26, ESPN


Bonagura: Boston College vs. Indiana

Schlabach:Florida State vs. Michigan State

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Noon, Dec. 27, ESPN


Bonagura:UCF vs. North Carolina

Schlabach:Temple vs. Pittsburgh

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, New York

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


Bonagura: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest

Schlabach:Indiana vs. North Carolina

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston

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


Bonagura:Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

Schlabach:Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego

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


Bonagura: Iowa vs. Arizona State

Schlabach: Iowavs. USC

Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix

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


Bonagura: Air Force vs. Liberty

Schlabach:Air Force vs. Washington State

Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Noon, Dec. 28, ABC


Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Texas

Schlabach:Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Noon, Dec. 28, ESPN


Bonagura: Memphis vs. Baylor

Schlabach:Memphis vs. Auburn

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

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


Bonagura: Southern Miss vs. Kent State

Schlabach:Marshall vs. Western Michigan

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

4 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN


Bonagura:Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Schlabach:Louisville vs. Mississippi State

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


Bonagura: Virginia vs. Florida

Schlabach:Virginia vs. Florida

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Noon, Dec. 31, ESPN


Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh

Schlabach:UAB vs. Virginia Tech

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

2 p.m., Dec. 31, CBS


Bonagura: Washington vs. Virginia Tech

Schlabach:Washington vs. Wake Forest

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

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


Bonagura: Iowa State vs. Navy

Schlabach:Iowa State vs. Navy

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

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


Bonagura: Georgia State vs. Nevada

Schlabach:Georgia Southern vs. Nevada

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio

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


Bonagura: USC vs. Oklahoma State

Schlabach:Oregon vs. Texas

Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

1 p.m., Jan. 1, ABC


Bonagura: Auburn vs. Michigan

Schlabach:Alabama vs. Michigan

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

1 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN


Bonagura:Minnesota vs. Alabama

Schlabach:Minnesota vs. Tennessee

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

5 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN


Bonagura: Penn State vs. Oregon

Schlabach:Penn State vs. Utah

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

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


Bonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma

Schlabach:Georgia vs. Baylor

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

3 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN


Bonagura: Florida State vs. Cincinnati

Schlabach: Boston Collegevs. Cincinnati

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

7 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN


Bonagura: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Schlabach:Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

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


Bonagura: Miami (Ohio) vs. Utah State

Schlabach:Miami (Ohio) vs. Utah State

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

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


Bonagura: Toledo vs. Wyoming

Schlabach: Southern Miss vs.San Diego State

LendingTree Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

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


Bonagura: Central Michigan vs. Arkansas State

Schlabach:Central Michigan vs. Louisiana

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