College Football: 2020 Bowl Projections

As many Tiger fans look more forward to the escape that is Clemson Football, we now have some bowl projections. Sporting News recently went over the expectations for the 2020 postseason that features 44 bowl games between FBS teams.

Of course, the bowl season will end once again with the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla on January 11th. The semifinals this year are scheduled for January 1st and will be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

Including Clemson, Sporting News has a total of 9 ACC teams in bowls. They have

  • Wake Forest vs Washington St- Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
  • NC State vs Michigan State- Belk Bowl,
  • FSU vs TCU- Cheez-It Bowl
  • Virginia Tech vs Iowa- New Era Pinstripe Bowl
  • Miami vs Arizona State- SDCCU Holiday Bowl
  • Louisville vs Tennessee- TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
  • Virginia vs Memphis-Ticket Smarter Birmingham Bowl
  • Clemson vs Bama- Allstate Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
  • North Carolina vs Penn State- Capital One Orange Bowl (New Year’s Day 6)
  • Clemson vs Ohio State- College Football Playoff Championship game.

Sporting News’ stated that their Playoff picks were due to the top heavy state that college football has at this point with Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Ohio State havIng combined for 17 of the 24 total appearances under the current system. They gave projections for all 44 bowl games in their article. These projections, as always, will be updated throughout the season as dates for bowls outside the New Year’s Day 6 are revealed. Their projections for the bowl games in 2020’s FBS postseason are listed below:

Bowl Teams
FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl UCF vs. Arkansas State
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Washington State vs. Wake Forest
Vrbo Citrus Bowl Wisconsin vs Florida
Outback Bowl Michigan vs. Auburn
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Baylor vs. Mississippi State
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Iowa State vs. Kentucky
Gasparilla Bowl Tulsa vs. South Carolina
Bahamas Bowl Central Michigan vs. Southern Miss
Belk Bowl Michigan State vs. N.C. State
Camellia Bowl Kent State vs. Louisiana
Cheez-It Bowl TCU vs. Florida State
Cactus Bowl Kansas State vs. Indiana
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Temple vs. FAU
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. Air Force
Fenway Bowl Cincinnati vs. Pitt
LA Bowl San Diego State vs. Stanford
LendingTree Bowl Ohio vs. Georgia Southern
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Western Kentucky vs. SMU
Military Bowl Navy vs. Marshall*
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Ole Miss
Myrtle Beach Bowl Miami (Ohio) vs. Troy
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Toledo vs. Utah State
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Iowa vs. Virginia Tech
New Mexico Bowl BYU* vs. Fresno State
Quick Lane Bowl Western Michigan vs. Purdue
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army vs. Cal
Redbox Bowl Nebraska vs. Washington
SDCCU Holiday Bowl Arizona State vs. Miami
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Wyoming* vs. West Virginia
SoFi Hawaii Bowl Hawaii vs. UAB
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Louisville vs. Tennessee
Ticket Smarter Birmingham Bowl Memphis vs. Virginia
TransPerfect Music City Bowl Minnesota vs. Texas A&M
Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl Houston vs. FIU
Valero Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State vs. USC

*Denotes breaks bowl tie in

The following are the Sporting News’ projections for the New Year’s Day 6 bowls and The College Football Playoff:

Date Bowl Teams
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Texas vs. Boise State
Jan. 1 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl LSU vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Georgia vs. Oregon
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl North Carolina vs. Penn State
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (semifinal) Ohio State vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl (semifinal) Clemson vs. Alabama

Then Sporting News gave their projection for the College Football Playoff Championship game and as of right now expect Clemson and Ohio State to meet up in a rematch of the 2019 semifinal game that saw the Tigers make a 16 point comeback to take the game 29-23

Jan. 11 CFP championship game Clemson vs. Ohio State

Many think a Clemson/Ohio State rematch is inevitable. With the two best quarterbacks in the nation leading each team, it is more than plausible.

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