Hos Assignment 12th 2015-16 College Football Bowl Projections

College football’s new playoff format was a huge success. The four-team playoff generated huge ratings and provided what the fans wanted in a postseason: A chance to settle it on the field.


As the second season of the playoff approaches, the bowl schedule has expanded to 41 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will be on Dec. 31 instead of Jan. 1. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in Glendale, Ariz.


With the 2015 season less than 60 days away, it’s never too early to project how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by December. 


2015 College Football Conference Predictions

Power 5: ACC| Big 12| Big Ten| Pac-12| SEC

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt


College Football 2015 Bowl Projections

* According to our projections, these teams will fill at-large selections as some conferences will fail to fill their allotted slots.

Nov 9, 2015
  • Mark Schlabach


    Mark Schlabach

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  • Brett McMurphy


    Brett McMurphy

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    • Nominated for Pulitzer Prize in 2010
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(Note: All times Eastern)

College Football Playoff semifinals

College Football Playoff at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Thu., Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Ohio State
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff at the Capital One Orange Bowl

Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Thu., Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Clemson vs. Baylor
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Oklahoma State

College Football Playoff National Championship

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Mon., Jan. 11, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Clemson
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Alabama

Bowl schedule

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sat., Dec. 19, 2 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Rice vs. New Mexico
McMurphy: Rice vs. New Mexico

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Sat., Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: California vs. BYU
McMurphy: Washington State vs. Boise State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Sat., Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Buffalo vs. South Alabama
McMurphy: Central Michigan vs. Appalachian State

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Sat., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Schlabach: Akron vs. Georgia Southern
McMurphy: Middle Tennessee vs. Georgia Southern

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Sat., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
McMurphy: Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami
Mon., Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Temple vs. Western Kentucky
McMurphy: FIU vs. USF

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Tue., Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Northern Illinois vs. Colorado State
McMurphy: Western Michigan vs. Utah State

Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Tue., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Memphis vs. Toledo
McMurphy: Temple vs. Toledo

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Wed., Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: San Diego State vs. Central Michigan
McMurphy: Air Force vs. Washington

GoDaddy Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Wed., Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Arkansas State vs. Bowling Green
McMurphy: Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Thu., Dec. 24, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Marshall vs. Western Michigan
McMurphy: Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois

Hawai'i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Thu., Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Boise State vs. Tulsa
McMurphy: BYU vs. Cincinnati

St. Petersburg Bowl

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Sat., Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: South Florida vs. Middle Tennessee State
McMurphy: Western Kentucky vs. Memphis

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Sat., Dec. 26, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Schlabach: Louisville vs. Washington State
McMurphy: Pitt vs. Oregon

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Sat., Dec. 26, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Miss
McMurphy: Marshall vs. Colorado State

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Sat., Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
McMurphy: Florida State vs. Wisconsin

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Sat., Dec. 26, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: UTEP vs. Virginia Tech
McMurphy: Louisville vs. Ohio

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Sat., Dec. 26, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Illinois vs. Oregon
McMurphy: Illinois vs. USC

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Mon., Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Miami vs. Navy
McMurphy: Miami vs. Navy

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit
Mon., Dec. 28, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Schlabach: NC State vs. Indiana
McMurphy: Virginia Tech vs. Nebraska

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
Tue., Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Schlabach: Nevada vs. Arizona State
McMurphy: San Jose State vs. UTEP

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Tue., Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Air Force vs. Ohio
McMurphy: Nevada vs. Indiana

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Tue., Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Florida State vs. TCU
McMurphy: North Carolina vs. West Virginia

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston
Tue., Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
McMurphy: Georgia vs. Kansas State

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Wed., Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Kentucky
McMurphy: Tulsa vs. Kentucky

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Wed., Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Tennessee
McMurphy: NC State vs. Arkansas

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Wed., Dec. 30, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Duke vs. Arkansas
McMurphy: Tennessee vs. Penn State

National University Holiday Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Wed., Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: UCLA vs. Wisconsin
McMurphy: Northwestern vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Thu., Dec. 31, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Florida vs. Houston
McMurphy: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Fri., Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)

Schlabach: Mississippi State vs. Michigan
McMurphy: Michigan vs. Ole Miss

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Fri., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
McMurphy: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State

Fiesta Bowl

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Fri., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Utah vs. Notre Dame
McMurphy: Oklahoma vs. Houston

Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Fri., Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Iowa vs. Stanford
McMurphy: Iowa vs. Stanford

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Fri., Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: LSU vs. Oklahoma
McMurphy: Florida vs. Baylor

TaxSlayer Bowl

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Sat., Jan. 2, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Penn State
McMurphy: Texas A&M vs. Duke

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Sat., Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Auburn vs. Texas Tech
McMurphy: Arizona vs. Auburn

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Sat., Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. USC
McMurphy: TCU vs. Utah

Cactus Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix
Sat., Jan. 2, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Arizona vs. Utah State
McMurphy: San Diego State vs. Cal


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