Projecting college football’s New Year’s Six, including the College Football Playoff

  • Covers the Pac-12.
  • Joined ESPN in 2014.
  • Attended Washington State University.

  • Senior college football writer
  • Author of seven books on college football
  • Graduate of the University of Georgia

College football continued its crawl toward some kind of normalcy as teams from the ACC and Big 12 debuted this week. None of the marquee teams faltered — and the SEC is still a couple of weeks from beginning — so there isn’t much to update from a bowl projections standpoint compared to a week ago. For now, the Big Ten is not included, but that could change by next week.

ESPN’s bowl projections will be scaled back from their customary format to include only the New Year’s Six. When there is more clarity about what the postseason will look like, bowl projections can settle into their own new normal.

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff National Championship
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Jan. 11, ESPN

Bonagura: Clemson vs. Alabama
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Clemson vs. Florida
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Georgia

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Cotton, Peach, Fiesta and Orange Bowls

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Bonagura: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Schlabach: Texas vs. Texas A&M

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Bonagura: UCF vs. North Carolina
Schlabach: LSU vs. North Carolina

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Bonagura: Auburn vs. Texas
Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Cincinnati

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Georgia
Schlabach: Notre Dame vs. Florida

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