Tons Of Changes This Week
One kick late Saturday night turned the college football world upside down. Texas A&M took down the number one ranked and heavy favorite Alabama 41-38. As a result, it sent shock waves through not only our playoff teams but the selection committee games as well. Like we do every week if you want to see how things changed from the previous week you can follow along here. There’s a lot of ground to cover so let’s get to it with our LWOS Week Six Bowl Projections.
College Football Playoff
Orange Bowl- December 31st- (1)- Georgia vs. (4) Cincinnati– We’ve been saying for the last few weeks the Bulldogs are the best team in college football. Following the Alabama loss, they have the ranking to go with it. Without JT Daniels again Georgia cruised to a 34-10 victory over Auburn. They’ve got a big one on Saturday when they host Kentucky in a battle for the SEC East title.
Desmond Ridder and the Bearcats continue to do what they need to in order to impress the committee. On Saturday they trounced Temple 52-3. It’s a really close call whether to put UC at four or leave Alabama in that slot. However, for now, we’re projecting them as the first group of five schools ever in the playoff. This of course is a rematch of last year’s Peach Bowl in which the Bulldogs rallied from 11 down to win 24-21.
Cotton Bowl- December 31st (2) Iowa vs. (3) Oklahoma- Following the loss of Sean Clifford the Hawkeyes rallied to beat Penn State 23-20. As a result, they not only move into our playoff projections but all the way to number two. Lincoln Riley benched Spencer Rattler in favor of Caleb Williams. The result was an incredible rally leading the Sooners to a 55-48 win. They also move up a spot this week.
College Football National Championship- January 10th- (1) Georgia vs. (2) Iowa- After the same match-up for weeks of Alabama and Georgia we have something new for you. Two of the best defenses in the country meet for the title.
Selection Committee Games
Peach Bowl- December 30th- Ohio State vs. Wake Forest- We’re moving the Buckeyes from the Fiesta to Peach Bowl this week. Ryan Day’s squad looked very impressive in blitzing Maryland 66-17. The Demon Deacons continue playing with fire but still win. This time it was Dave Clawson’s club beating Syracuse 40-37 in overtime.
Fiesta Bowl- January 1st- Michigan vs. Notre Dame- While this would be the 44th meeting all-time between the two schools it’s the first in a bowl game. The Wolverines move up to the selection committee games after beating Nebraska. Brian Kelly’s squad got a huge road win at Virginia Tech.
Rose Bowl- January 1st- Oregon vs. Penn State- Even with their loss to Iowa we are still projecting the Nittany Lions for Pasadena. Of course, a lot depends on Clifford’s injury status. Fortunately, they do have a bye week and then a game versus Illinois coming up. The Ducks remain the top team in the Pac-12.
Sugar Bowl- January 1st- Alabama vs. Oklahoma State- First off apologies to the Big Blue Nation. I said the Cats should get the trip to New Orleans following their destruction of LSU. Although no one was expecting the Crimson Tide to lose. As a result, a one or two-loss Alabama squad would most likely still be higher ranked and get in before a two (or maybe even one-loss) Kentucky team. With Texas losing again the undefeated Cowboys become the Big 12 representative.
New Year’s Day Games
Citrus Bowl- January 1st- Kentucky vs. Michigan State– Speaking of the Wildcats on Saturday they face Georgia with the SEC East title on the line. Again it goes to show how far the program has come under Mark Stoops. There’s still plenty of time for the Wildcats to possibly move their way into the Sugar or even Peach Bowls. On the other side of the ball, the Spartans moved to 6-0 with a nice 31-13 road win over Rutgers. The would-be the fifth meeting in history between the two schools but the first since 1947. The series is tied at two wins apiece.
Outback Bowl- January 1st- Arkansas vs. Nebraska– Should the Razorbacks have gone for two against Ole Miss? That’s certainly up for discussion. Meanwhile, a second straight loss drops them down a couple of slots this week. The Cornhuskers might be slotted a little high here but the middle of the pack in the Big 10 still has time to sort itself out.
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl- December 31st- Buffalo vs. Nevada
Tony Tiger Sun Bowl- December 31st- Utah vs. Virginia
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl- December 31st- Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh
Texas Bowl- January 4th- Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M
Games Before The New Year
Duke’s Mayo Bowl- December 30th- Boston College vs. Florida
Music City Bowl- December 30th- Maryland vs. Tennessee- Very quickly the Vols have become a dangerous team in the SEC.
Las Vegas Bowl- December 30th- Oregon State vs. Wisconsin
Alamo Bowl- December 29th- Arizona State vs. Baylor
Cheez-It Bowl- December 29th- Clemson vs. Texas- As a result of their loss to Oklahoma the Longhorns drop out of the committee games but a trip to Orlando is never a bad thing.
Fenway Bowl- December 29th- North Carolina vs. Memphis
Continuing our LWOS Week Six Bowl Projections we now head to the games between Christmas and the New Year.
Bowl Games After Christmas
Birmingham Bowl– December 28th- East Carolina vs. Mississippi State
First Responder Bowl- December 28th- Houston vs. USC
Guaranteed Rate Bowl- December 28th- Iowa State vs. Minnesota
Holiday Bowl- December 28th- North Carolina State vs. UCLA- The Bruins got a nice bounce-back win over Arizona on Saturday and remain headed to San Diego.
Liberty Bowl- December 28th- Auburn vs. TCU
Military Bowl- December 27th- Central Florida vs. Louisville
Quick Lane Bowl- December 27th- Indiana vs. Toledo
Christmas Holiday Games
Camellia Bowl- December 25th- Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
Hawaii Bowl- December 24th- SMU vs. Utah State
We are in the home stretch with our LWOS Week Six Bowl Projections time for a look at the pre-Christmas set of games.
Union Home Mortgage Bowl- December 22nd- LSU vs. Miami (Florida)- The biggest question in this game is whether or not Ed Orgeron and Manny Diaz will even be the coaches by December.
Armed Forces Bowl- December 22nd- Army vs. Boise State
Frisco Bowl- December 21st- Air Force vs. Louisiana Tech
Idaho Potato Bowl- December 21st- Bowling Green vs. Fresno State
Myrtle Beach Bowl- December 20th- Coastal Carolina vs. Florida Atlantic
As always we wrap up our LWOS Week Six Bowl Projections with a look at the early season games, including a whopping seven games on December 18th alone. In fact, two of the best potential bowl matchups happen on this first weekend.
First Weekend Matchups
Bahamas Bowl- December 17th- Marshall vs. Western Michigan
Cure Bowl- December 17th- Appalachian State vs. Liberty
Boca Raton Bowl- December 18th- South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Celebration Bowl- December 18th- Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina Central
Independence Bowl- December 18th- UAB vs. BYU- Saturday’s loss to Boise State pretty much ended the Cougars’ hopes of being the Group Of Five selection. As a result, they’ll head to Shreveport for their bowl.
Lending Tree Bowl- December 18th- Eastern Michigan vs Troy
Jimmy Kimmel Los Angeles Bowl- December 18th- San Diego State vs. Stanford
New Mexico Bowl- December 18th- San Jose State vs. UTEP
New Orleans Bowl- December 18th- Louisiana vs. Texas San-Antonio
Thanks for checking out our LWOS Week Six Bowl Projections. Of course, as we always say if you don’t like where your team is slotted just wait, it’s going to change from week to week. In addition, it’s another huge week in college football headed by Kentucky visiting Georgia.