2023 Bowl Projections: Week 3

At the Minnesota United game last night, I saw a big dude walking around with a "Culvers Isthmus Bowl" sweatshirt on. To whoever that young man is (I assume he played for UW-River Falls), I salute you.

Why are these bowl projections back when (1) it's way too early to do them, (2) I have no intention of following through every week, and (3) you don't care what I think?

Mostly because of that dude in the Isthmus Bowl sweatshirt. Good for you, brother.

Bowl Location Date Time (CT) TV Conf1 Team1 Conf2 Team2
Sugar New Orleans 1/1 4/7:45pm ESPN CFP 1 Georgia CFP 4 Texas
Rose Pasadena 1/1 4/7:45pm ESPN CFP 2 Ohio State CFP 3 USC
Cotton Arlington 12/29 7:00 PM ESPN At-large Fresno State At-larger Washington
Peach Atlanta 12/30 11:00 AM ESPN At-large Michigan At-larger Alabama
Orange Miami Gardens 12/30 3:00 PM ESPN ACC Florida State B1G/SEC Penn State
Fiesta Glendale 1/1 12:00 PM ESPN At-large Utah At-larger Notre Dame
Culver's Isthmus Madison, WI 11/18 TBD TBD WIAC UW-Eau Claire CCIW Carroll (WI)
Live United Texarkana, AR 12/3 TBD TBD GAC Southern Arkansas MIAA Central Missouri
Heritage Corsicana, TX 12/3 TBD TBD GAC Emporia State LSC Midwestern State
America's Crossroads Hobart, IN 12/2 TBD TBD GLVC Indianapolis GMAC Findlay
Bahamas Nassau, BS 12/16 10:00 AM ESPN C-USA Gee Haw'd U MAC Western Michigan
Celebration Atlanta, GA 12/16 11:00 AM ABC MEAC NC Central SWAC Florida A&M
New Orleans New Orleans, LA 12/16 1:15 PM ESPN C-USA Western Kentucky Sun Belt 2 Appalachian State
Cure Orlando, FL 12/16 2:30 PM ABC G5 Coastal Carolina G5 Texas State
New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 12/16 4:45 PM ESPN G5 New Mexico State MWC Wyoming
LA Bowl Inglewood, CA 12/16 6:30 PM ABC MWC Air Force Pac-12 California
Independence Shreveport, LA 12/16 8:15 PM ESPN Big XII 7 Kansas Pac-12 Oregon State
Myrtle Beach Conway, SC 12/18 1:30 PM ESPN G5 Georgia Southern G5 Rice
Frisco Frisco, TX 12/19 8:00 PM ESPN G5 Tulsa G5 Utah State
Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL 12/21 7:00 PM ESPN G5 Florida Int'l G5 Middle Tennessee
Gasparilla Tampa, FL 12/22 5:30 PM ESPN G5 Marshall SEC Tier II Kentucky
Birmingham Birmingham, AL 12/23 11:00 AM ABC G5 South Alabama SEC Tier II Mizzou
Camellia Montgomery, AL 12/23 11:00 AM ESPN G5 Louisiana G5 Toledo
Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX 12/23 2:30 PM ABC G5 Cincinnati* G5 UTSA
Idaho Potato Boise, ID 12/23 2:30 PM ESPN MAC Ohio MWC Boise State
68 Ventures? Mobile, AL 12/23 6:00 PM ESPN G5 Miami Hydroxide Sun Belt 5 Georgia State
Las Vegas Paradise, NV 12/23 6:30 PM ABC B1G 4 Maryland Pac-12 Colorado
Hawai'i Honolulu, HI 12/23 9:30 PM ESPN MWC San Diego State AAC/C-USA Memphis
Quick Lane Detroit, MI 12/26 1:00 PM ESPN MAC Eastern Michigan B1G 8 Illinois
First Responder University Park, TX 12/26 4:30 PM ESPN G5 Oklahoma State* G5 Army
Guaranteed Rate Phoenix, AZ 12/26 8:00 PM ESPN Big XII 6 UCF B1G 7 Nebraska
Military Annapolis, MD 12/27 1:00 PM ESPN ACC Duke AAC Tulane
Egg Jizz Charlotte, NC 12/27 4:30 PM ESPN ACC Clemson SEC Texas A&M
Holiday San Diego, CA 12/27 7:00 PM FOX ACC NC State Pac-12 Washington State
Texas Houston, TX 12/27 8:00 PM ESPN Big XII 4 TCU SEC LSU
Fenway Boston, MA 12/28 10:00 AM ESPN AAC SMU ACC Syracuse
Pinstripe New York, NY 12/28 1:15 PM ESPN ACC Louisville B1G 6 Rutgers
Pop-Tarts Orlando, FL 12/28 4:45 PM ESPN ACC Miami Fluoride Big XII 3 BYU
Alamo San Antonio, TX 12/28 8:15 PM ESPN Big XII 2 Oklahoma Pac-12 Oregon
Gator Jacksonville, FL 12/29 11:00 AM ESPN ACC North Carolina SEC Florida
Sun El Paso, TX 12/29 1:00 PM CBS ACC Wake Forest Pac-12 UCLA
Liberty Memphis, TN 12/29 2:30 PM ESPN Big XII 5 Kansas State SEC Auburn
Music City Nashville, TN 12/30 1:00 PM ABC B1G 5 Minnesota SEC Tennessee
Arizona Tucson, AZ 12/30 3:30 PM n/a MAC Buffalo MWC Colorado State
Outback Tampa, FL 1/1 11:00 AM ESPN2 SEC Florida B1G 3 wisconsin
Citrus Orlando, FL 1/1 12:00 PM ABC B1G 2 Iowa SEC 2 Ole Miss

As for the rest?

  • Ohio State is revving up. I'll watch out.
  • The second-best, if not the best team in the Big Ten is Penn State. So now I'm curious to see how high that means they can go. I'd say College Football Playoff right now.
  • Your consolation prize, Michigan, will be someone real frisky. Let's say Alabama, just for the laughs.
  • Iowa is probably the best in the West. And they'll probably beat Ole Miss. This is a nightmare.
  • Of the second-bests in the West? Let's say wisconsin right behind Iowa, drawing something like Florida, with Minnesota not far off. I hope that means the Gophers finally get back to the Glen Mason Memorial Music City Bowl. Let's give them angry Tennessee as a reward.
  • September Maryland's reward is a trip to...Vegas? I mean, this would really be where the Big Ten should want to send Iowa (mostly to get them pantsed by Oregon or something), but let's say the Turtles do it.
  • This is The Year, Rutgers. This is the year you return to the Pinstripe Bowl.
  • Nebraska gets past LaTech, and they're just a four-game run through the West to get to 6-6. That'd be a trip to Phoenix for RV Nation.
  • Did I just need someone to slot into the Quick Lane Bowl? Maybe. But Illinois sure would be funny there.
Feel free to celebrate these picks in the comments.

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