College football bowl projections for conference championship week

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Bowl Season will be just as unpredictable from a scheduling standpoint as the 2020 college football regular season.

Some bowl games have been canceled. Some schools opted out of the postseason before it started. Bowl tie-ins will be fluid, and the number of games could change by the day.

That makes bowl projections almost impossible to figure out. Sporting News takes its last crack at them before conference championship weekend. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State remain our picks for the College Football Playoff heading into the final weekend.

MORE: College Football Playoff Picture

This season's semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

With that, here are SN's picks for Bowl Season, the College Football Playoff and New Year's Day 6 heading into conference championship week:

College football bowl projections

*Denotes team that has accepted bowl bid

Date Bowl Teams
Dec. 19 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl SMU* vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach Bowl UAB vs. Liberty
Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo vs. San Diego State
Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl UCF* vs. FAU
Dec. 23 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Rice vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 23 Montgomery Bowl* Memphis* vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 24 New Mexico Bowl Houston vs. Nevada
Dec. 25 Camellia Bowl Kent State vs. Georgia Southern
Dec. 26 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl UCLA vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 26 Cure Bowl Coastal Carolina vs. Buffalo
Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl BYU vs. San Jose State
Dec. 26 LendingTree Bowl UTSA vs. Louisiana
Dec. 26 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army* vs. Oregon
Dec. 26 Guaranteed Rate Bowl West Virginia vs. Minnesota
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta Tulane vs. Virginia
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl TCU vs. Utah
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Iowa State vs. Colorado
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Penn State vs. N.C. State
Dec. 30 TransPerfect Music City Bowl Tennessee vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 31 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Washington vs. Kentucky
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
Dec. 31 Arizona Bowl Ball State vs. Boise State
Dec. 31 Texas Bowl Texas vs. Stanford
Jan. 1 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Tulsa vs. Marshall
Jan. 1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Auburn vs. Iowa
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Missouri vs. Miami
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl Ole Miss vs. Northwestern

MORE: Playoff scenarios that could come from championship weekend

New Year's Day 6 projections

Date Bowl Teams
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma vs. Florida
Jan. 1 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Cincinnati vs. Georgia
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl USC vs. Indiana
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Texas A&M vs. North Carolina

College Football Playoff projections

Date Bowl Teams
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (CFP semifinal) Ohio State vs. Clemson
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 11 CFP National Championship Game Alabama vs. Clemson

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