Week 6 Bowl Projections - A quick rundown of who the experts have in the playoff + major bowl games

We're now through five weeks of college football, a time in the calendar when we're finally starting to get a feel for which college football teams are good, and which ones aren't.


Because of it, for the rest of the season going forward, every Monday morning we'll take a quick look at all the major bowl projections going forward, to give you thoughts on where the playoff picture and other major bowl games stand.

As a quick refresher, this year the two college football semifinals will be played at the Orange Bowl (Miami) and Cotton Bowl (Arlington) with the rest of the games going on as scheduled. The title game will be played in Indianapolis a week later.


Here is the latest update, on Monday, October 4th from all the major outlets:



The Athletic/Stewart Mandel:


College Football Playoff:


Cotton Bowl, December 31st (Arlington, Texas): No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Alabama


Orange Bowl, December 31st (Miami, FL): No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 2 Georgia


Other New Year's Six Games:


Peach Bowl, December 30th (Atlanta, GA): Wake Forest vs. Ohio State


Fiesta Bowl, January 1st (Glendale, AZ): Oklahoma vs. BYU


Rose Bowl, January 1st (Pasadena, CA): Iowa vs. Oregon


Sugar Bowl, January 1st (New Orleans, LA): Kentucky vs. Texas

 

The Action Network/Brett McMurphy


College Football Playoff:


Cotton Bowl, December 31st (Arlington, Texas): No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama


Orange Bowl, December 31st (Miami, FL): No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 2 Georgia


Other New Year's Six Games:


Peach Bowl, December 30th (Atlanta, GA): Michigan vs. NC State


Fiesta Bowl, January 1st (Glendale, AZ): BYU vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 1st (Pasadena, CA): Iowa vs. Oregon


Sugar Bowl, January 1st (New Orleans, LA): Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas

 

ESPN/Mark Schlabach


College Football Playoff:


Cotton Bowl, December 31st (Arlington, Texas): No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 1 Alabama


Orange Bowl, December 31st (Miami, FL): No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Georgia


Other New Year's Six Games:


Peach Bowl, December 30th (Atlanta, GA): Wake Forest vs. Ohio State


Fiesta Bowl, January 1st (Glendale, AZ): Arizona State vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 1st (Pasadena, CA): Penn State vs. Oregon


Sugar Bowl, January 1st (New Orleans, LA): Ole Miss vs. Texas

 

ESPN/Kyle Bonagura


College Football Playoff:


Cotton Bowl, December 31st (Arlington, Texas): No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 Penn State


Orange Bowl, December 31st (Miami, FL): No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 1Alabama


Other New Year's Six Games:


Peach Bowl, December 30th (Atlanta, GA): Oklahoma State vs. Ohio State


Fiesta Bowl, January 1st (Glendale, AZ): Coastal Carolina vs. Wake Forest


Rose Bowl, January 1st (Pasadena, CA): Iowa vs. Arizona State


Sugar Bowl, January 1st (New Orleans, LA): Kentucky vs. Oklahoma

 

CBS Sports/Jerry Palm


College Football Playoff:


Cotton Bowl, December 31st (Arlington, Texas): No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama


Orange Bowl, December 31st (Miami, FL): No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 2 Georgia


Other New Year's Six Games:


Peach Bowl, December 30th (Atlanta, GA): Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame


Fiesta Bowl, January 1st (Glendale, AZ): Ohio State vs. Cincinnati


Rose Bowl, January 1st (Pasadena, CA): Penn State vs. Oregon


Sugar Bowl, January 1st (New Orleans, LA): Arkansas vs. Texas


Some quick reaction to what we see today, after what was the craziest Saturday of the college football season so far.


Dating back to last week, all the experts seemed to pretty much have a consensus playoff: Bama, Georgia, Oregon and either Penn State or Iowa out of the Big Ten. But with Oregon's loss, it has shaken up the playoff picture, with three experts believing Oklahoma will get the final spot, and two giving to Cincinnati.


Along with Alabama and Georgia, the winner of the Iowa-Penn State (presumably) gets the fourth spot in all these rankings, in addition to either Oklahoma or Cincinnati.


Then there is everything else, and with the shake-up in the playoff it makes for craziness everywhere else.


With Clemson faltering in the ACC, the experts have three different teams winning the ACC (Wake Forest, NC State or Virginia Tech) and representing the league in bowl season. In the Big Ten meanwhile, with the loser of Iowa-Penn State going to the Rose Bowl, it means that there will likely be one more at-large berth for the next best team in the league, in either the Fiesta or Peach Bowl. Four have Ohio State getting that nod, while Brett McMurphy has Michigan making an appearance in the New Year's Six bowls for the first time.


Finally, there's the Sugar, which is always an SEC vs. Big 12 matchup when not part of the playoff rotation. The experts have three different teams representing the Big 12 (Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State), with three potential SEC teams making it as well. Last week, the votes were split between Arkansas and Ole Miss. This week, Kentucky gets consideration for the first time.


For more college football, make sure to listen to today's Aaron Torres Podcast - where Aaron talks about Alabama and Georgia separating from the pack, Coach O's hot seat, why its time to appreciate Mark Stoops and whether Michigan is actually good or not. Oh, and Cincy's playoff push too


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