Week 4 Bowl Projections: Where all the experts have playing in the big bowl games


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Call this past Saturday in college football "Almost Upset Saturday" - as everyone from Clemson to USC, Auburn and Texas A&M almost fell as favorites.


Unfortunately for those of you who love chaos it didn't happen, meaning this week's bowl projections are pretty much the same as they have been.


We have three teams solidly locked into three playoff spots (not surprising who) with the fourth spot wide open.


Here are who the experts have playing in all the major bowl games this year.

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College Football Playoff:


Peach Bowl, December 31st (Atlanta, GA): No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Georgia


Fiesta Bowl, December 31st (Glendale, AZ): No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 2 Ohio State


Other New Year's Six Games:


Orange Bowl: December 30th (Miami, FL): Clemson vs. Tennessee


Sugar Bowl: December 31st (New Orleans): Oklahoma State vs. Kentucky


Cotton Bowl: January 2nd, Dallas, TX: Washington vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 2nd (Pasadena, CA): USC vs. Penn State


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College Football Playoff:


Peach Bowl, December 31st (Atlanta, GA): No. 4 Clemson vs. No. 1 Georgia


Fiesta Bowl, December 31st (Glendale, AZ): No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 2 Ohio State


Other New Year's Six Games:


Orange Bowl: December 30th (Miami, FL): NC State vs. Penn State


Sugar Bowl: December 31st (New Orleans): Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee


Cotton Bowl: January 2nd, Dallas, TX: Baylor vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 2nd (Pasadena, CA): Michigan vs. USC


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College Football Playoff:


Peach Bowl, December 31st (Atlanta, GA): No. 4 Clemson vs. No. 1 Georgia


Fiesta Bowl, December 31st (Glendale, AZ): No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 2 Ohio State


Other New Year's Six Games:


Orange Bowl: December 30th (Miami, FL): Florida State vs. Minnesota


Sugar Bowl: December 31st (New Orleans): Oklahoma vs. Tennessee


Cotton Bowl: January 2nd, Dallas, TX: Washington vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 2nd (Pasadena, CA): Michigan vs. Cincinnati


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College Football Playoff:


Peach Bowl, December 31st (Atlanta, GA): No. 4 Clemson vs. No. 1 Georgia


Fiesta Bowl, December 31st (Glendale, AZ): No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 2 Ohio State


Other New Year's Six Games:


Orange Bowl: December 30th (Miami, FL): NC State vs. Penn State


Sugar Bowl: December 31st (New Orleans): Oklahoma vs. Tennessee


Cotton Bowl: January 2nd, Dallas, TX: Oregon vs. Coastal Carolina


Rose Bowl, January 2nd (Pasadena, CA): Utah vs. Michigan



It's hard to say that there are truly any surprises in here, with again, the big story being "Who's No. 4" in college football. Three of the experts believe that team is Clemson, after surviving a road scare at Wake Forest. One, however has the sexy playoff semifinals set of Michigan vs. Georgia and Ohio State vs. Alabama.


Big Ten vs. SEC, who's in?


From there, things are a bit more chaotic.


The big move this week is Tennessee, a club who - after their wild win over Florida on Saturday at Neyland Stadium - has moved into poll position for a New Year's Six spot. With Alabama and Georgia both projected to make the playoff in every projection, it means that someone has to go to the Sugar Bowl out of the SEC, and right now, most believe it's the Vols. One has Tennessee as a fourth SEC representative in the New Year's Six in Miami at the Orange Bowl.


It's interesting to see how everything else has shaken out as well.


With Clemson moving into the College Football Playoff picture, it opens a spot in the Orange Bowl, where for the first time, we see Florida State and NC State potentially taking the ACC's spot there. Cincinnati seems to be the favored team to represent the Group of Five, and USC's emergence means one thing: We could get a Trojans vs. Michigan, or USC vs. Penn State Rose Bowl.


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