Preview 2014 - Bowl Projections

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Posted Aug 22, 2014


Preview 2014 - Bowl Projections. No need to play the season. Here's what's going to happen.


2014-2015 Bowl Proiections

August 22 - Preseason
 

 
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Things are far, far different this time around with no more BCS and with College Football Playoff the big determining factor that’ll decide everything else. The Rose and Sugar will be the first round of the playoff, and the Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach will become the really big, super-colossal megabowls that you’re supposed to care about, even though they really don’t mean anything more than a big matchup.

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC conference champions will all get a spot in one of the big new bowls, if they’re not in College Football Playoff, and the highest-ranked American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountian West or Sun Belt team by the new 13 member playoff committee will get into one of the big bowls - but doesn't have an automatic spot in the playoff. That means there will be six at-large spots available based on the committee’s rankings.

The other main thing to note is the generally loose nature of the tie-ins now. The conferences will have more say than ever when it comes to geographic location, best matchup and more to make it all work out.

So here’s the first look at what your 2014-2015 bowl season might be.

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Saturday, Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m. ET ESPN
Mountain West vs. Sun Belt No. 2
Preseason Prediction: Utah State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Fresno State, 2. ULM, 3. Arkansas State, 4. Colorado State, 5. Nevada

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2:20 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. Mountain West
Preseason Prediction: North Texas vs. Nevada
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Marshall, 2. Utah State, 3. San Diego State, 4. Middle Tennessee, 5. Colorado State

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Dec. 20, 3:30 ET ABC
Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 6
Preseason Prediction: Boise State vs. Oregon State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Fresno State, 2. Utah State, 3. Arizona State, 4. Washington, 5. Arizona

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
Saturday, Dec. 20, 5:45 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West
Preseason Prediction: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
Top 5 Other Options: 1, Bowling Green, 2. Toledo, 3. Boise State, 4. Utah State, 5. Colorado State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9:15 ET ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Preseason Prediction: Toledo vs. Arkansas State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Ball State, 2. Bowling Green, 3. ULM, 4. Louisiana-Lafayette, 5. Ohio

Miami Beach Bowl
Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Monday, Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN
American Athletic vs. BYU
Preseason Prediction: Houston vs. BYU
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Connecticut, 2. UCF, 3. South Florida, 4. East Carolina, 5. Cincinnati

Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 6:00 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. MAC
Preseason Prediction: Rice vs. Ball State
Top 5 Other Options: 1, Toledo, 2. East Carolina, 3. Northern Illinois, 4. Bowling Green, 5. WKU

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 9:30 ET ESPN
Mountain West vs. Navy
Preseason Prediction: San Diego State vs. Navy
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Utah State, 2. Nevada, 3. Colorado State, 4. Fresno State, 5. Boise State

Bahamas Bowl
Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 12:00 ET ESPN
C-USA vs. MAC
Preseason Prediction: Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Ohio, 2. Toledo, 3. Northern Illinois, 4. Marshall, 5. Ohio

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 8:00 ET, ESPN
C-USA or Pac-12 vs. Mountain West
Preseason Prediction: Ohio vs. Colorado State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Utah State, 2. Nevada, 3. Oregon State, 4. Fresno State, 5. Arizona
*No Conference USA team predicted available

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Friday, Dec. 26, 12:00 ET ESPN
Big Ten vs. C-USA
Preseason Prediction: Northwestern vs. Virginia*
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Iowa, 2. North Texas, 3. Minnesota, 4. Louisiana Tech, 5. Indiana
*No Conference USA team predicted available

Detroit Lions Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Friday, Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Preseason Prediction: Pitt vs. Minnesota
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Georgia Tech, 2. Iowa, 3. NC State, 4. Northwestern, 5. Syracuse

BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Friday, Dec. 26, 8:00 ET ESPN
American Athletic vs. ACC
Preseason Prediction: UCF vs. Miami
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Cincinnati, 2. North Carolina, 3. Georgia Tech, 4. East Carolina, 5. Houstoni  

Military Bowl
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Saturday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. ACC
Preseason Prediction: East Carolina vs. Virginia
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Virginia Tech, 2. Virginia, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Connecticut, 5. North Carolina

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2:00 PM CBS
ACC vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Preseason Prediction: Louisville vs. Arizona
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Oregon State, 2. USC, 3. Arizona State, 4. Georgia Tech, 5. NC State

Duck Commander Independence Bowl
Independence Stadiums, Shreveport, LA
Saturday, Dec. 27, 4:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC (or C-USA if ACC or SEC team isn’t available)
Preseason Prediction: Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Ole Miss, 2. Louisville, 3. Pitt, 4. Duke, 5. NC State

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Saturday, Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Preseason Prediction: Syracuse vs. Maryland
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Virginia Tech, 2. North Carolina, 3. Iowa, 4. Michigan, 5. Rutgers

National University Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Saturday, Dec. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Big Ten No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Preseason Prediction: Iowa vs. USC
Top 5 Other Options: 1. UCLA, 2. Michigan, 3. USC, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Nebraska

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Monday, Dec. 29, 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 4 vs. SEC (or American Athletic)
Preseason Prediction: Kansas State vs. Mississippi State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Baylor, 2. Missouri, 3. Tennessee, 4. Texas, 5. Oklahoma State

Russell Athletic Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Monday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Preseason Prediction: North Carolina vs. Texas
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Miami, 2. Baylor, 3. Virginia Tech, 4. Texas, 5. Clemson

AdvoCare Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Monday, Dec. 29, 9:00 ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 6 vs. SEC 
Preseason Prediction: Texas Tech vs. Missouri
Top 5 Other Options: 1. TCU, 2. Tennessee, 3. Kansas State, 4. Mississippi State, 5. Ole Miss

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LP Field, Nashville, TN
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 3:00 p.m. ET ESPN
ACC (or Big Ten No. 5, depending on Gator) vs. SEC
Preseason Prediction: NC State vs. Tennessee
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Iowa, 2. Mississippi State, 3. Minnesota, 4. Arkansas, 5. Maryland

Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6:45 ET ESPN
ACC vs. SEC No. 7
Preseason Prediction: Duke vs. Texas A&M
Top 5 Other Options: 1, North Carolina, 2. Ole Miss, 3. NC State, 4. Missouri, 5. Louisville

San Francisco Bowl
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:00 ET ESPN
Big Ten No. 7 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Preseason Prediction: Michigan vs. Washington
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Minnesota, 2. Stanford, 3. Iowa, 4. Stanford, 5. Maryland

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, Dec. 31, ESPN
At-Large or ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
vs. At-Large or ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Preseason Prediction: Georgia vs. Marshall
Top 5 Other Options: 1. LSU, 2. Auburn, 3. Boise State, 4. Cincinnati, 5. UCF

Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Wednesday, Dec. 31, ESPN
At-Large vs. ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Preseason Prediction: UCLA vs. South Carolina
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Oregon, 3. Wisconsin, 4. Michigan State, 5. Clemson

Discover Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Wednesday, Dec. 31 ESPN
ACC champion or ACC runner-up vs. highest-ranked Big Ten, Notre Dame or SEC
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Miami, 2. Ohio State, 3. Michigan State, 4. Georgia, 5. LSU

Capital One Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1:00 pm ET ABC
Big Ten No. 2 (or ACC if Big Ten in Orange) vs. SEC No. 2
Preseason Prediction: Clemsonvs. LSU
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Wisconsin, 2. Ohio State, 3. Auburn, 4. Georgia, 5. Nebraska

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1:00 ET ESPN2
Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3
Preseason Prediction: Nebraska vs. Auburn
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Wisconsin, 2. Georgia, 3. Nebraska, 4. Michigan State, 5. Florida

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Thursday, Jan. 1, 7:30 ET ESPN
At-Large vs. ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC champ
Preseason Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Ohio State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. UCLA, 2. Ohio State, 3. Michigan State, 4. Oregon, 5. Nebraska

Rose Bowl: College Football Playoff Matchup
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Thursday, Jan. 1, 5:00 PM ET ESPN
Preseason Prediction: Oregon vs. Michigan State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Alabama, 2. Florida State, 3. Ohio State, 4. South Carolina, 5. LSU

Allstate Sugar Bowl: College Football Playoff Matchup
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Thursday, Jan. 1, 8:30 ET ESPN
Preseason Prediction: Alabama vs. Florida State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. South Carolina, 2. Oregon, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Georgia, 5. LSU

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Friday, Jan, 2, 12:00 ESPN
American Athletic vs. Army (Big 12 if Army not eligible)
Preseason Prediction: Memphis vs. TCU
Top 5 Other Options: 1. East Carolina, 2. Houston, 3. South Florida, 4. UCF, 5. Army

TaxSlayer Bowl
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Friday, Jan. 2 ESPN
ACC (or Big Ten No. 5, depending on Music City) or Notre Dame vs. SEC No. 5
Preseason Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Florida
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Virginia Tech, 2. Ole Miss, 3. North Carolina, 4. Texas A&M, 5. Georgia

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Friday, Jan. 2, 6:45 ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 2 vs. Pac-12 No. 2
Preseason Prediction: Baylor vs. Stanford
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Oregon, 3. UCLA, 4. Texas, 5. USC

Cactus Bowl
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe AZ
Friday, Jan. 2 10:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-12 No. 7
Preseason Prediction: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Texas Tech, 2. Arizona, 3. TCU, 4. USC, 5. West Virginia

Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
American Athletic vs. SEC No. 9 (or C-USA or MAC)
Preseason Prediction: Cincinnati vs. Ole Miss
Top 5 Other Options: 1.Houston, 2. Missouri, 3. East Carolina, 4. Arkansas, 5. Tennessee

GoDaddy Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Sunday, Jan. 4, 9:00 p.m. ET ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Preseason Prediction: Buffalo vs. Troy
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Bowling Green, 2. Arkansas State, 3. Ball State, 4. Northern Illinois, 5. Ohio

College Football Playoff Championship
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Monday, Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Preseason Prediction: Oregon vs. Florida State
Top 5 Other Options: 1. Alabama, 2. UCLA, 3. Ohio State, 4. Michigan State, 5. Georgia

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