Bowl Projections: Who is bound for playoff, other bowls after Week 9?

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College Football roundup: Week 9
Monday October 27th, 2014

The inaugural College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday night, which should shed a little light on the selection committee’s decision-making. That’s the first step in introducing this year’s revamped postseason.

As we mentioned in our preseason projections, predicting the bowl lineup is hardly an exact science. Much of the committee’s process remains unknown, plus there are retooled conference bowl pools to consider. And, of course, plenty will change between now and Championship Saturday.

Before moving forward, a quick reminder on how this all works. The selection committee fills the two semifinal bowls based on its final rankings. It then rounds out the four non-playoff New Year’s Six bowls, while fulfilling certain contractual obligations, such as pitting an ACC team against an SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame team in the Orange Bowl. The remaining teams are then fed into each league’s contract bowls. If a league doesn’t produce enough bowl-eligible teams, bowls can invite replacement teams from other leagues.

This season the ACC, Big Ten and SEC have each pooled a select number of bowls together and will decide where to place teams. While the Big 12 and Pac-12 use a more straightforward method -- the Pac-12’s No. 2 choice would go to the Alamo Bowl, the No. 3 to the Holiday Bowl, etc. -- the process for the other three Power Five leagues is less structured. For instance, the ACC’s No. 2 choice will go to the Russell Athletic Bowl, but teams Nos. 3-6 can land anywhere among the Sun, Belk, Music City/Taxslayer or Pinstripe bowls.

Keep in mind, “Pac-12 No. 2” doesn't mean the Pac-12’s second-place team. Fan travel and geographical location factor into bowl selection as much as conference standings. Thus, leagues aren't obligated to fill bowls based on records.

ELLIS: Who leads the Heisman Trophy race following Week 9?

bowl

date

location

matchup

pick

Peach

Dec. 31

Atlanta

TBD vs. TBD

Ole Miss vs. E. Carolina

Fiesta

Dec. 31

Glendale, Ariz.

TBD vs. TBD

Auburn vs. Baylor

Orange

Dec. 31

Miami

ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND

Clemson vs. Alabama

Cotton

Jan. 1

Arlington, Texas

TBD vs. TBD

Notre Dame vs. Mich. St.

Rose (semifinal)

Jan. 1

Pasadena, Calif.

TBD vs. TBD

Florida State vs. Oregon

Sugar (semifinal)

Jan. 1

New Orleans

TBD vs. TBD

Miss. State vs. TCU

bowl

date

location

matchup

pick

New Orleans

Dec. 20

New Orleans

Sun Belt vs. MWC

UL-Laf. vs. Colo. State

Idaho Potato

Dec. 20

Boise, Idaho

MWC vs. MAC

San Diego State vs. NIU

Royal Purple

Dec. 20

Las Vegas

MWC vs. Pac-12

Boise State vs. California

New Mexico

Dec. 20

Albuquerque, N.M.

MWC vs. C-USA

Nevada vs. Middle Tenn.

Camellia

Dec. 20

Montgomery, Ala.

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Ohio vs. S. Alabama

Miami Beach

Dec. 22

Miami

American vs. BYU

Houston vs. BYU

Poinsettia

Dec. 23

San Diego

MWC vs. Navy

Utah State vs. Navy

Boca Raton

Dec. 23

Boca Raton, Fla.

C-USA vs. MAC

Rice vs. Toledo

Bahamas

Dec. 24

Nassau, Bahamas

C-USA vs. MAC

La. Tech vs. Akron

Hawaii

Dec. 24

Honolulu, Hawaii

MWC vs. C-USA

Air Force vs. UAB

Bitcoin

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg

American vs. ACC

Memphis vs. Virginia

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 26

Dallas

Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA

Minnesota vs. UTEP

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

Detroit

ACC vs. Big Ten

E. Michigan* vs. Rutgers

Military

Dec. 27

Annapolis, Md.

American vs. ACC

UCF vs. Georgia Tech

Independence

Dec. 27

Shreveport, La.

ACC vs. SEC

NC State vs. Washington*

Pinstripe

Dec. 27

New York

ACC vs. Big Ten

BC vs. Maryland

Sun

Dec. 27

El Paso, Texas

ACC vs. Pac-12

Louisville vs. Arizona State

Holiday

Dec. 27

San Diego

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Penn State vs. USC

Russell Athletic

Dec. 29

Orlando

ACC vs. Big 12

Duke vs. Kansas State

Liberty

Dec. 29

Memphis, Tenn.

Big 12 vs. SEC

West Virginia vs. Georgia

Texas

Dec. 29

Houston

Big 12 vs. SEC

Okla. State vs. Missouri

Belk

Dec. 30

Charlotte, N.C.

ACC vs. SEC

UNC vs. Kentucky

San Francisco

Dec. 30

Santa Clara, Calif.

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Iowa vs. Stanford

Music City

Dec. 30

Nashville, Tenn.

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

Miami vs. Tennessee

Citrus

Jan. 1

Orlando

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

Nebraska vs. Texas A&M

Outback

Jan. 1

Tampa, Fla.

Big Ten vs. SEC

Ohio State vs. LSU

Armed Forces

Jan. 2

Fort Worth, Texas

American vs. Army

Cincinnati vs. Utah*

Alamo

Jan. 2

San Antonio, Texas

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Oklahoma vs. UCLA

TaxSlayer

Jan. 2

Jacksonville, Fla.

Big Ten/ACC vs. SEC

Wisc. vs. So. Carolina

Cactus

Jan. 2

Tempe, Ariz.

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

W. Michigan* vs. Arizona

Birmingham

Jan. 3

Birmingham, Ala.

SEC vs. American

Texas State* vs. Marshall*

GoDaddy

Jan. 4

Mobile, Ala.

MAC vs. Sun Belt

BGSU vs. UL-Monroe

* -- Replacement team

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