Bowl Season returns in 2021-22 with a schedule that features 43 bowl video games between FBS groups.
While College Football Playoff growth could be within the works, this 12 months marks the eighth season of the four-team playoff. This 12 months’s College Football Playoff championship recreation is Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 12 months’s semifinals are Dec. 31 on the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Sporting News’ Playoff picks are extra of the identical. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have mixed for 20 of the 28 whole playoff appearances. Yet these 4 faculties have but to all make the Playoff in the identical season.
SN has projections for all 43 bowl video games right here, and they are going to be up to date all through the season:
- College football bowl predictions 2021
- College Football New Year’s Six predictions
- College Football Playoff championship prediction
- New Year’s Day Six picks
- College Football Playoff picks
- CFP championship choose
College football bowl predictions 2021
|Dec. 17||Bahamas Bowl||Ball State vs. FAU|
|Dec. 17||Cure Bowl||Arkansas State vs. Tulsa|
|Dec. 18||RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl||UCF vs. Liberty*|
|Dec. 18||New Mexico Bowl||Nevada vs. Marshall|
|Dec. 18||Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl||BYU vs. UTSA|
|Dec. 18||Lendingtree Bowl||Toledo vs. Appalachian State|
|Dec. 18||Los Angeles Bowl||Boise State vs. UCLA|
|Dec. 18||R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl||South Alabama vs. Louisiana Tech|
|Dec. 20||Myrtle Beach Bowl||Georgia State vs. Memphis|
|Dec. 21||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Buffalo vs. Colorado State|
|Dec. 21||Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl||Miami, Ohio vs. UAB|
|Dec. 21||Armed Forces Bowl||Army* vs. Western Kentucky|
|Dec. 23||Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl||San Diego State vs. FIU|
|Dec. 24||Hawai’i Bowl||San Jose State vs. SMU|
|Dec. 25||Camellia Bowl||Kent State vs. Louisiana|
|Dec. 27||Quick Lane Bowl||Tulane vs. Michigan State|
|Dec. 27||Military Bowl||Navy vs. Wake Forest|
|Dec. 28||TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl||Houston vs. Tennessee|
|Dec. 28||First Responder Bowl||Baylor vs. Virginia|
|Dec. 28||AutoZone Liberty Bowl||TCU vs. Auburn|
|Dec. 28||Guaranteed Rate Bowl||Maryland vs. Kansas State|
|Dec. 29||Fenway Bowl||Cincinnati vs. Pitt|
|Dec. 29||Pinstripe Bowl||Northwestern vs. Louisville|
|Dec. 29||Cheez-It Bowl||West Virginia vs. Florida State|
|Dec. 29||Valero Alamo Bowl||Oregon vs. Oklahoma State|
|Dec. 30||Duke’s Mayo Bowl||Indiana vs. N.C. State|
|Dec. 30||Transperfect Music City Bowl||Nebraska vs. Kentucky|
|Dec. 30||SRS Las Vegas Bowl||Cal vs. Iowa|
|Dec. 31||TaxSlayer Gator Bowl||Missouri vs. Virginia Tech|
|Dec. 31||Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl||Utah vs. Boston College|
|Jan. 1||Outback Bowl||Michigan vs. LSU|
|Jan. 1||Vrbo Citrus Bowl||Penn State vs. Florida|
|Jan. 4||Texas Bowl||Texas vs. Ole Miss|
|TBD||Holiday Bowl||Arizona State vs. Miami|
|TBD||RedBox Bowl||Washington vs. Minnesota|
|TBD||Arizona Bowl||Ohio vs. Wyoming|
*Denotes not tied to bowl recreation
College Football New Year’s Six predictions
|Dec. 30||Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl||Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M|
|Jan. 1||PlayStation Fiesta Bowl||Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina|
|Jan. 1||Rose Bowl Game||USC vs. Wisconsin|
|Jan. 1||Allstate Sugar Bowl||Iowa State vs. Georgia|
|Dec. 31||Capital One Orange Bowl (semifinal)||Ohio State vs. Alabama|
|Dec. 31||Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (semifinal)||Oklahoma vs. Clemson|
College Football Playoff championship prediction
|Jan. 10||College Football Playoff championship||Alabama vs. Clemson|
New Year’s Day Six picks
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M
The Aggies and Irish get to settle final 12 months’s playoff a 12 months too late on a smaller stage. Both groups have quarterback battles value watching in fall camp, however we’d extra within the operating backs on this one. Isaiah Spiller and Kyren Williams are each dark-horse Heisman candidates. This can be a enjoyable table-setter for the remainder of the New Year’s Day Six.
PlayStation First Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina
The Chanticleers are our Group of 5 choice, and a few of that’s based mostly on Cincinnati’s robust nonconference schedule in opposition to Indiana and Notre Dame. The Sun Belt will get their due, and Grayson McCall will get matched up throughout North Carolina’s Sam Howell, who leads the Tar Heels to their second straight NY6 bowl look below Mack Brown.
Rose Bowl Game: USC vs. Wisconsin
USC and Wisconsin met within the Rose Bowl in 1953 and 1963, and this matches up the Pac-12 champion in opposition to the Big Ten runner-up. Kedon Slovis and Graham Mertz make it an intriguing matchup, however with these groups is comes right down to who can the ball. It can be good to have the Tournament of Roses Parade again, too.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Iowa State vs. Georgia
The Bulldogs are compelled to settle for a fourth straight New Year’s Day Six Bowl look until JT Daniels can lead a Playoff run. Will that flip up any strain on Kirby Smart? The Cyclones, in the meantime, are in an all-in 12 months given the variety of gamers who returned from final 12 months’s Fiesta Bowl winner. Given the hype round each groups, this may really feel a bit like a comfort recreation.
College Football Playoff picks
Capital One Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama
Didn’t we simply watch this recreation? Both applications despatched 10 gamers to the 2021 NFL Draft, however there may be greater than sufficient expertise on each side for a 3rd CFP playoff matchup. The Buckeyes are loaded at receiver, and Alabama must be higher on protection. What will Ryan Day do in a different way after final 12 months’s CFP championship recreation loss?
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Oklahoma vs. Clemson
This can be the extra entertaining matchup given it options two of the highest three quarterbacks in SN’s Top 25 QB rankings. Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler would placed on an offensive present on this one. Which program faces extra strain? The Sooners are 0-4 in CFP semifinals, and the Tigers have been routed of their final two appearances.
CFP championship choose
CFP championship recreation: Alabama vs. Clemson
More of the identical. Until the CFP expands to 12 groups, this matchup will proceed to pop up given the expertise stage assembled on each side. The Crimson Tide and Tigers have cut up 4 playoff matchups the final seven years, and this time each faculties journey north to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. We had Ohio State vs. Clemson in last year’s championship game.