Preseason college football bowl projections

College football bowl games are a long way away -- the first one won't kick off until Dec. 20, to be exact. But it's never too early to start making predictions. Check back every week for updates.

All times Eastern

College Football Playoff National Championship

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 13, 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Alabama vs. Clemson

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Dec. 28, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Oklahoma

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Dec. 28, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Clemson vs. Ohio State

Schlabach: Clemson vs. Alabama

Bowl schedule



Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau

Dec. 20, 2 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Eastern Michigan vs. Louisiana Tech

Schlabach: Western Michigan vs. UAB

Tropical Smoothie CafeFrisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2


Bonagura: UCF vs. Southern Miss

Schlabach: Houston vs. FAU

Celebration Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Dec. 21, noon, ABC


Bonagura: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

Schlabach: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

New Mexico Bowl

Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dec. 21, 2 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Marshall vs. Air Force

Schlabach: Marshall vs. San Diego State

Cure Bowl

Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network


Bonagura: USF vs. Troy

Schlabach: SMU vs. Georgia Southern

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m., ABC


Bonagura: Buffalo vs. SMU

Schlabach: Buffalo vs. USF

Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Ohio vs. Georgia Southern

Schlabach: Northern Illinois vs. Troy

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., ABC


Bonagura: UCLA vs. Fresno State

Schlabach: Washington State vs. Boise State



R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Dec. 21, 9 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Arkansas State vs. FIU

Schlabach: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana



Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Memphis vs. Wake Forest

Schlabach: FIU vs. Temple

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl


Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: BYU vs. Houston

Schlabach: BYU vs. Tulane

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Dec. 26, 4 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Pittsburgh vs. UAB

Schlabach: Wake Forest vs. Purdue

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit

Dec. 26, 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Indiana vs. FAU

Schlabach: Michigan State vs. NC State

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Dec. 27, noon, ESPN


Bonagura: NC State vs. Temple

Schlabach: Boston College vs. Memphis

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, New York

Dec. 27, 3:20 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Nebraska vs. Miami

Schlabach: Nebraska vs. Duke

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston

Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Ole Miss vs. Baylor

Schlabach: Mississippi State vs. TCU

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego

Dec. 27, 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1


Bonagura: Washington State vs. Iowa

Schlabach: Oregon vs. Iowa

Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix

Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech

Schlabach: Fresno State vs. UCLA

Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Dec. 28, noon, ABC


Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State

Schlabach: Miami vs. Iowa State

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Dallas

Dec. 28., noon, ESPN


Bonagura: Oregon vs. Boise State

Schlabach:Notre Dame vs. UCF

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas

Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura:North Texas vs. Army

Schlabach: North Texas vs. Arizona State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Dec. 30, 4 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Tennessee vs. Virginia

Schlabach: Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh

Redbox Bowl

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Dec. 30, 4 p.m., Fox


Bonagura: Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Schlabach: USC vs. Northwestern

Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Syracuse vs. LSU

Schlabach: Syracuse vs. Penn State

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dec. 31, noon, ESPN


Bonagura: Auburn vs. Virginia Tech

Schlabach: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS


Bonagura: USC vs. Florida State

Schlabach: Stanford vs. Florida State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: South Carolina vs. TCU

Schlabach: South Carolina vs. Baylor

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network


Bonagura: Nevada vs. Louisiana

Schlabach: Hawaii vs. Arkansas State

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Washington vs. Iowa State

Schlabach: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC


Bonagura: Florida vs. Penn State

Schlabach: Florida vs. Virginia

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State

Schlabach: Michigan vs. Texas A&M

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Utah vs. Michigan

Schlabach: Utah vs. Ohio State

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Georgia vs. Texas

Schlabach: LSU vs. Texas

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Jan. 2, 3 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Cincinnati

Schlabach: Army vs. Cincinnati

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Jan. 2, 7 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Minnesota

Schlabach: Auburn vs. Wisconsin

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Jan. 3, 3:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Toledo vs. Utah State

Schlabach: Toledo vs. Wyoming

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Jan. 4, 11:30 a.m., ESPN


Bonagura:Northwestern vs. San Diego State

Schlabach: Minnesota vs. Utah State

Mobile, Alabama Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. Appalachian State

Schlabach: Ohio vs. Appalachian State

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