Bowl Projections College Football Playoff Predictions: Rose Bowl Bound Utah Beats USC

Bowl projections and College Football Playoff predictions before Championship Weekend and after Utah beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship. Updated on the fly.

So now what for the College Football Playoff after Utah beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship?

That changes the dynamic of a whole slew of things. Does that mean USC is out and Ohio State in? There’s no hard and fast rule for this – we’re trying to predict the thoughts and whims of a panel of judges – but the College Football Playoff committee has never put in a two-loss team, much less one that didn’t win its Power Five championship.

There are going to be four teams left with at most one loss. That might be the simple answer.

There will be more explanations in the New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff sections, but assuming what we think is about to happen will happen, the puzzle is almost set.

A few more things …

Remember, at the end of the day, ESPN wants the best matchups for its owned bowls. As always, the conference bowl ties matter … until they don’t.

Buffalo vs Akron mattered. Buffalo beat Akron 23-22 to become bowl eligible. That means it’s almost certainly in a bowl, with New Mexico State and the highest-ranked five-win team according to the Academic Progress Rate (APR) – Rice – likely filling out the 82 bowl spots. Buffalo’s win means UNLV is almost certainly out unless someone else declines a bowl invite.

What we do know is Miami University and UAB are off to the Bahamas Bowl, and because there are few fun places to go if your school is in San Diego, San Diego State and Middle Tennessee will meet in the Hawaii Bowl.

Other than that, we’re going off a combination of news, info, logic, and educated darts thrown at the target. They aren’t called bowl projections for nothing.

We’ll change things on the fly before the big final call goes up Saturday night.

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All Times Eastern

HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
11:30 am, ESPN
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Last Year: Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs MAC
Bowl Matchup: UAB vs Miami University

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
3:00, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Last Year: Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Troy vs SMU
Previous Bowl Projection: Troy vs UTSA

Wasabi Fenway Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
11:00 am, ESPN
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: ACC vs American Athletic (Conference USA)
Bowl Projection: NC State vs Cincinnati
Previous Bowl Projection: Louisville vs Cincinnati

Cricket Celebration Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
12:00, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Last Year: South Carolina State 31, Jackson State 10
Bowl Ties: MEAC vs SWAC
Bowl Projection: North Carolina Central vs Jackson State
Previous Bowl Projection: North Carolina Central vs Jackson State

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:15, ESPN
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Last Year: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs AAC, C-USA, MAC or Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Wyoming vs BYU 
Previous Bowl Projection: Air Force vs North Texas

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:30, ABC
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year: Utah State 24, Oregon State 13
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Boise State vs Washington State
Previous Bowl Projection: Boise State vs Washington State

LendingTree Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
5:45, ESPN
Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, AL
Last Year: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Sun Belt (C-USA)
Bowl Projection: Ohio vs Southern Miss
Previous Bowl Projection: Bowling Green vs Louisiana

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
7:30, ABC
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Last Year: Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13
Bowl Ties: Pac-12 vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Oregon State vs Florida
Previous Bowl Projection: UCLA vs Arkansas

Frisco Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:15, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: North Texas vs New Mexico State
Previous Bowl Projection: Troy vs Fresno State

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Monday, December 19, 2022
2:30, ESPN
Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
Last Year: Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17
Bowl Ties: C-USA, MAC, Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Liberty vs Marshall
Previous Bowl Projection: Liberty vs Georgia Southern

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:30 ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Last Year: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Eastern Michigan vs Utah State 
Previous Bowl Projection: Buffalo vs Utah State

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:30, ESPN
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Last Year: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five
Bowl Projection: UConn vs Coastal Carolina
Previous Bowl Projection: Southern Miss vs Houston

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
9:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Last Year: Louisiana 36, Marshall 21
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: WKU vs South Alabama 
Previous Bowl Projection: WKU vs South Alabama

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Thursday, December 22, 2022
7:30, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Last Year: Army 24, Missouri 22
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Conference USA (Big 12, Pac-12)
Bowl Projection: UTSA vs Air Force
Previous Bowl Projection: SMU vs UTSA 

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA
Last Year: UAB 31, BYU 28
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Army
Bowl Projection: Houston vs Louisiana
Previous Bowl Projection: UCF vs BYU

Union Home Gasparilla Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Last Year: UCF 29, Florida 17
Bowl Ties: ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC (AAC, C-USA)
Bowl Projection: Louisville vs East Carolina
Previous Bowl Projection: East Carolina vs North Texas

Easyport Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00, ESPN
Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Mountain West
Bowl matchup: Middle Tennessee vs San Diego State
Previous Bowl Projection: Middle Tennessee vs San Jose State

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Quick Lane Bowl

Monday, December 26, 2022
2:30, ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Last Year: Western Michigan 52, Nevada 24
Bowl Ties: Big Ten vs MAC
Bowl Projection: Rice vs Bowling Green
Previous Bowl Projection: Rice vs Toledo

Camellia Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
12:00, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
Last Year: Georgia State 51, Ball State 20
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Sun Belt (Conference USA)
Bowl Projection: Buffalo vs Georgia Southern
Previous Bowl Projection: Eastern Michigan vs Appalachian State

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
3:15 or 6:45, ESPN
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, University Park, TX
Last Year: Air Force 31, Louisville 28
Bowl Ties: AAC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC
Bowl Projection: Kansas vs Fresno State
Previous Bowl Projection: Kansas vs Wyoming

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
3:15 or 6:45, ESPN
Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
Last Year: Houston 17, Auburn 13
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs SEC (ACC)
Bowl Projection: Memphis vs Missouri
Previous Bowl Projection: Cincinnati vs Missouri

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
10:15, ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Last Year: Minnesota 18, West Virginia 6
Bowl Ties: Big Ten vs Big 12 (Mountain West)
Bowl Projection: Wisconsin vs Oklahoma
Previous Bowl Projection: Wisconsin vs Baylor

Military Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
2:00, ESPN
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: ACC vs American Athletic
Bowl Projection: Wake Forest vs UCF
Previous Bowl Projection: Wake Forest vs East Carolina

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
5:30, ESPN
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Last Year: Texas Tech 34, Mississippi State 7
Bowl Ties: Big 12 vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Oklahoma State vs Kentucky
Previous Bowl Projection: Oklahoma vs Ole Miss

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
TBA, FOX
Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: North Carolina vs Oregon
Previous Bowl Projection: North Carolina vs Oregon

TaxAct Texas Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
9:00, ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Last Year: Kansas State 42, LSU 20
Bowl Ties: Big 12 vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Baylor vs Arkansas
Previous Bowl Projection: Oklahoma vs Mississippi State

Pinstripe Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2022
2:00, ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Last Year: Maryland 54, Virginia Tech 10
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Big Ten
Bowl Projection: Syracuse vs maryland
Previous Bowl Projection: Pitt vs Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2022
5:30, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Last Year: Clemson 20, Iowa State 13
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Big 12
Bowl Projection: Notre Dame vs Texas Tech
Previous Bowl Projection: Florida State vs Texas Tech

Valero Alamo Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2022
9:00, ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Last Year: Oklahoma 47, Oregon 32
Bowl Ties: Big 12 vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Texas vs Washington
Previous Bowl Projection: Texas vs Utah

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
12:00, ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Last Year: South Carolina 38, North Carolina 21
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Big Ten
Bowl Projection: Florida State vs Iowa
Previous Bowl Projection: NC State vs Iowa

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
2:00, CBS
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Last Year: Central Michigan 24, Washington State 21
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Duke vs UCLA
Previous Bowl Projection: Louisville vs Oregon State

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
3:30, ESPN
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Last Year: Wake Forest 38, Rutgers 10
Bowl Ties: ACC vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Pitt vs Mississippi State
Previous Bowl Projection: Notre Dame vs Florida

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
4:30, Barstool
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Toledo vs San Jose State
Previous Bowl Projection: Ohio vs San Diego State

TransPerfect Music City Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
12:00, ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Last Year: Purdue 48, Tennessee 45 OT
Bowl Ties: Big Ten vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Minnesota vs Ole Miss
Previous Bowl Projection: Minnesota vs Kentucky

ReliaQuest Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2023
12:00, ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Last Year: Arkansas 24, Penn State 10
Bowl Ties: SEC vs Big Ten or ACC
Bowl Projection: South Carolina vs Illinois
Previous Bowl Projection: South Carolina vs Illinois

Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2023
1:00, ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Last Year: Kentucky 20, Iowa 17
Bowl Ties: Big Ten vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Purdue vs LSU 
Previous Bowl Projection: Purdue vs LSU

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USC lost, Utah won, and that changes a whole lot.

First, that means Notre Dame is out of the ReliaQuest Bowl with the assumption that the Orange takes Tennessee over a Big Ten team. This also assumes TCU will beat Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship, putting the Wildcats in the Sugar.

Utah’s win puts in in the Rose, and all the weirdness about Ohio State and the Rose Bowl not wanting to go on a second date is gone with Penn State in and the Buckeyes most likely off to the CFP.

And USC? It’ll drop in the final rankings, but not enough to be out of the New Year’s Six – the Cotton Bowl vs the UCF/Tulane American Athletic Conference winner would be a good fit.

Capital One Orange Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2022
7:30 or 8:00, ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Last Year: CFP Semifinal Georgia 34, Michigan 11
Bowl Ties: ACC vs Big Ten, Notre Dame, or SEC
Bowl Projection: Clemson vs Tennessee
Previous Bowl Projection: Clemson vs Ohio State

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
12:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Last Year: Baylor 21, Ole Miss 7
Bowl Ties: SEC vs Big 12
Bowl Projection: Alabama vs Kansas State
Previous Bowl Projection: Tennessee vs Kansas State

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2023
1:00, ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Last Year: CFP Semifinal Alabama 27, Cincinnati 6
Bowl Ties: New Year’s Six vs top Group of Five champion
Bowl Projection: Tulane vs USC 
Previous Bowl Projection: Tulane vs Tennessee

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2023
5:00, ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Last Year: Ohio State 48, Utah 45
Bowl Ties: Big Ten vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Penn State vs Utah
Previous Bowl Projection: Penn State vs Washington

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This just became cut-and-dry easy – unless the College Football Playoff throws a curveball and puts in USC even after the blowout loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship.

The seeds might change depending on whether or not Georgia, Michigan, and TCU take care of business in their respective conference championships, but the four College Football Playoff teams should be set.

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
4:00 or 8:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Last Year: Michigan State 31, Pitt 21
Bowl Ties: CFP vs CFP
Bowl Projection: Georgia vs Ohio State
Previous Bowl Projection: Georgia vs USC

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
4:00 or 8:00, ESPN
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Last Year: Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35
Bowl Ties: CFP vs CFP
Bowl Projection: Michigan vs TCU 
Previous Bowl Projection: Michigan vs TCU

College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 9, 2023
TBA, ESPN
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year: Georgia 33, Alabama 18
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Bowl Projection: Georgia vs Michigan 
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