Bowl Projections, Post-Week 5: Talk to your kids about another Iowa Rose Bowl.

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Alright. We're back, and we're trying some stuff.

I skipped Bowl Projections in 2020, because there was no point to (1) that season, and (2) trying to figure out who would be eligible or sick or fabricate a "vote" that would keep the Nebraska Cornhuskers out of a bowl game they were totally gonna go to, you guys.

Why a Fanpost? Because the other editing build-ins from SBNation are frustrating when it comes to the Bowl Projections table. So we're going to try it like this and see how it goes. Maybe next week it'll be a regular article. You don't actually care, I just wanted to complain. Moving on.

College Football Playoff

Cotton Bowl

Dec. 31 | 2:30pm or 6:30pm | ESPN | Arlington, TX

[1] Alabama Crimson Tide vs. [4] Oklahoma Sooners

Orange Bowl

Dec. 31 | 2:30pm or 6:30pm | ESPN | Miami Gardens, FL

[2] Georgia Bulldogs vs. [3] Penn State Nittany Lions

New Year's Six

Peach Bowl

Dec. 30 | 6pm | ESPN | Atlanta, GA

[At-Large] Michigan Wolverines vs. [G5] Cincinnati Bearcats

Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 1 | 12pm | ESPN | Glendale, AZ

[At-Large] Ohio State Buckeyes vs. [At-Large] BYU Cougars

Rose Bowl

Jan. 1 | 4pm | ESPN | Pasadena, CA

LeVar Burton's the grand marshal of the Parade of Roses, which seems pretty neat.

[B1G] Iowa Hawkeyes vs. [Pac-12] Oregon Ducks

Sugar Bowl

Jan. 1 | 7:45pm | ESPN | New Orleans, LA

[Big XII] Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. [SEC] Ole Miss Rebels

Big Ten Bowl Games

Culver's Isthmus Bowl

Nov. 20 | TBD | TBD | Madison, WI

[MIAC] Carleton Knights vs. [CCIW] Wheaton Thunder

Peach Bowl

Dec. 30 | 6pm | ESPN | Atlanta, GA

[At-Large] Michigan Wolverines vs. [G5] Cincinnati Bearcats

Quick Lane Bowl

Dec. 27 | 10am | ESPN | Detroit, MI

[B1G 8/9] Wyoming Cowboys vs. [MAC] Ball State Cardinals

The Big Ten can't fill this bowl game, so the 'Pokes fill the void and put together a fun one with some MACtion.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Dec. 28 | 9:15pm | ESPN | Phoenix, AZ

[B1G 7] San Diego State Aztecs vs. [Big XII 6] Iowa State Cyclones

Pinstripe Bowl

Dec. 29 | 1:15pm | ESPN | The Bronx, NY

[B1G 6] Maryland Terrapins vs. [ACC Tier I] Virginia Tech

Music City Bowl

Dec. 30 | 2pm | ESPN | Nashville, TN

[B1G 5] Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. [SEC Tier I] Tennessee Volunteers

Las Vegas Bowl

Dec. 30 | 9:30pm | ESPN | Las Vegas, NV

[B1G 4] Wisconsin Badgers vs. [Pac-12] Oregon State Beavers

Outback Bowl

Jan. 1 | 11am | ESPN2 | Tampa, FL

[B1G 3] Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. [SEC Tier I] Florida Gators

Citrus Bowl

Jan. 1 | 12pm | ABC | Orlando, FL

[B1G 2] Michigan State Spartans vs. [SEC 2] Arkansas Razorbacks

Full Bowl Projections

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Bowl Location Date Time TV Conf1 Team1 Conf2 Team2
Orange Miami Gardens 12/31 6:30 PM ESPN CFP 2 Georgia CFP 3 Penn State
Cotton Arlington 12/31 2:30 PM ESPN CFP 1 Alabama CFP 4 Oklahoma
Peach Atlanta 12/30 6:00 PM ESPN At-Large Michigan At-Large Cincinnati
Fiesta Glendale 1/1 12:00 PM ESPN At-Large Ohio State At-Large BYU
Rose Pasadena 1/1 4:00 PM ESPN B1G 1 Iowa Pac-12 1 Oregon
Sugar New Orleans 1/1 7:45 PM ESPN Big XII 1 Oklahoma State SEC 1 Ole Miss
Culver's Isthmus Madison 11/20 TBD TBD MIAC Carleton CCIW Wheaton
Bahamas Nassau 12/17 11:00 AM ESPN C-USA Charlotte MAC Kent State
Cure Orlando 12/17 5:00 PM ESPN2 G5 Florida Atlantic G5 Miami Hydroxide?
Boca Raton Boca Raton 12/18 10:00 AM ESPN G5 UCF G5 Coastal Carolina
Celebration Atlanta 12/18 11:00 AM ABC MEAC Norfolk State SWAC Prairie View A&M
New Mexico Albuquerque 12/18 1:15 PM ESPN C-USA UTEP MWC Nevada
Independence Shreveport 12/18 2:30 PM ABC BYU Liberty C-USA UTSA
LendingTree Mobile 12/18 4:45 PM ESPN MAC Buffalo SunBelt 5 Troy
Jimmy Kimmel Los Angeles 12/18 6:30 PM ABC Pac-12 UCLA MWC Fresno State
New Orleans New Orleans 12/18 8:15 PM ESPN C-USA UAB SunBelt 2 Louisiana
Myrtle Beach Conway 12/20 1:30 PM ESPN AAC/MAC East Carolina SunBelt 1/3/4 South Alabama
Idaho Potato Boise 12/21 2:30 PM ESPN MAC Marshall MWC Utah State
Frisco Frisco 12/21 6:30 PM ESPN G5 Louisiana Tech G5 Hawaii*
Armed Forces Fort Worth 12/22 7:00 PM ESPN AAC SMU Army Army
Gasparilla Tampa 12/23 6:00 PM ESPN ACC II Boston College AAC/SEC/Pac Utah
Hawaii Honolulu 12/24 7:00 PM ESPN MWC Boise State AAC Houston
Camellia Montgomery 12/25 1:30 PM ESPN MAC Western Michigan SunBelt 1/3/4 Appalachian State
Quick Lane Detroit 12/27 10:00 AM ESPN B1G 8/9 Wyoming MAC Ball State
Military Annapolis 12/27 1:30 PM ESPN ACC I Pittsburgh AAC Navy
Birmingham Birmingham 12/28 11:00 AM ESPN AAC/ACC II Virginia SEC II Tennessee
First Responder University Park 12/28 2:15 PM ESPN AAC/ACC II Temple Big XII/G5 Air Force
Liberty Memphis 12/28 5:45 PM ESPN Big XII 5 Kansas State SEC I Kentucky
Holiday San Diego 12/28 7:00 PM FOX Pac-12 USC ACC I Clemson
Guaranteed Rate Phoenix 12/28 9:15 PM ESPN Big XII 6 Iowa State B1G 7 San Diego State
Fenway Boston 12/29 10:00 AM ESPN ACC I/ND Notre Dame AAC Memphis
Pinstripe The Bronx 12/29 1:15 PM ESPN ACC I North Carolina B1G 6 Maryland
Cheez-It Orlando 12/29 4:45 PM ESPN ACC I Louisville Big XII 3 Texas Tech
Alamo San Antonio 12/29 8:15 PM ESPN Big XII 2 Texas Pac-12 Arizona State
Duke's Egg Jizz Charlotte 12/30 11:00 AM ESPN ACC I N.C. State SEC I LSU
Music City Nashville 12/30 2:00 PM ESPN B1G 5 Minnesota SEC I Tennessee
Las Vegas Las Vegas 12/30 9:30 PM ESPN Pac-12 Oregon State B1G 4 wisconsin
Gator Jacksonville 12/31 10:00 AM ESPN ACC I Wake Forest SEC I Auburn
Sun El Paso 12/31 11:30 AM CBS Pac-12 Stanford ACC I Virginia Tech
Arizona Tucson 12/31 3:30 PM N/A MWC San Jose State MAC Toledo
Outback Tampa 1/1 11:00 AM ESPN2 SEC I Florida B1G 3 Nebraska
Citrus Orlando 1/1 12:00 PM ABC B1G 2 Michigan State SEC 2 Arkansas
Texas Houston 1/4 8:00 PM ESPN Big XII 4 Baylor SEC I Texas A&M

B1G Thoughts

  • That's right, one-loss Penn State makes it to the College Football Playoff. Where will the one loss come from? Who cares. Maybe at Ohio State. Or at Iowa. But...
  • The Buckeyes take a second loss somewhere. Oh dear God...could it be at Nebraska?
  • Out of the West comes Iowa, which we know, but for now let's go with a loss to Penn State and a loss in the Big Ten title game...probably to Penn State again? These are Post-Week 5 bowl projections and if you take them seriously, it's time to take a look in the mirror (or, Iowa fans, that broken glass on your double-wide) and think about your priorities.
  • I had already typed the Michigan State bit below before realizing I forgot to talk about Michigan.
  • Is Michigan State actually good? Probably not. Is that enough to scrape one of the best bowl games in the conference because the PSU-Iowa-OSU-Michigan quartet could having rankings inertia to make the Top 12? Uh... Enjoy Arkansas, Sparty!
  • 6-6 Nebraska? With Minnesota, Purdue, and wisconsin on the schedule, it's eminently possible. The resurgent Husker fanbase descend on Tampa and allow Frost to visit his family.
  • Sure, Minnesota gets Maryland, Northwestern, Illinois, and Indiana for potential wins. Is 7-5 enough for the Gophers to leapfrog out of the Glen Mason Memorial Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and into the Outback? Nah.
  • Oh, right, it's also not enough to get them over 6-6 wisconsin, who can do enough to get past Illinois, Army, Purdue, Rutgers, and Minnesota even with one hand tied behind their backs Graham Mertz, which come to think of it is a great way to get him to just hand the damn ball off and stop throwing. Someone get Paul Chryst on the phone, stat!
  • Also consider who you'd rather have descending on Vegas: Minnesota fans or wisconsin fans. Let's put our drunkest foot forward.
  • As I now consider how Maryland will get to those two remaining wins, uh...this may have been a mistake. But let's say Indiana and Rutgers. Sure? That's 6 wins and good enough to keep Locks and the boys close to home.
  • Could Indiana hypothetically win 4 of their last 5 (@MD, @Mich, RU, MN, @PU) to go bowling? I mean...maybe?
  • Relax, Purdue faithful--I see your run-in, too (wisc, @UNL, MSU, @OSU, @NU, Ind)...tell me which three, show your work, and I'll give you credit for having shown up to class.
You may tell me in the comments which of these are wrong and how that shows my moral failing as a father, a professional journalist, and a Medill graduate, none of which I actually am.

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