College football bowl projections: Michigan, Wisconsin crash New Year’s Day 6 after Week 8

The Big Ten returned to action over the weekend, and that led to some changes in our bowl projections after the Week 8 slate of games.

Michigan replaced Penn State in our New Year’s Day 6 after an impressive victory against Minnesota. Our College Football Playoff picks remain the same, with Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Oregon holding their spots. The Ducks begin play in two weeks.

Two more bowls — the Fenway Bowl and Holiday Bowl — announced that they will not be played in 2020. We tweaked our projections to account for the changes.

MORE: AP, Coaches polls after Week 8

This season’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

With that in mind, here are Sporting News’ picks for the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day Six heading into Week 9:

Bowl projections after Week 8

Bowl Matchup
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl TCU vs. Tennessee
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas vs. Arkansas
Gasparilla Bowl BYU vs. Liberty
Guaranteed Rate Bowl West Virginia vs. Minnesota
Cheez-It Bowl Kansas State vs. Louisville
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl UCF vs. FAU
Duke’s Mayo Bowl Nebraska vs. Georgia Tech
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State
FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl Charlotte vs. Miami (Ohio)
Los Angeles Bowl USC vs. Boise State
Camellia Bowl Central Michigan vs. South Alabama
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl SMU vs. Marshall
Military Bowl Navy vs. N.C. State
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Missouri
Mobile Alabama Lending Tree Bowl UAB vs. Louisiana
Myrtle Beach Bowl Memphis vs. Appalachian State
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Purdue vs. Virginia Tech
New Mexico Bowl Hawaii vs. Houston
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Ohio vs. Air Force
Outback Bowl Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Quick Lane Bowl Toledo vs. Iowa
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. Coastal Carolina
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army vs. Stanford
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Iowa State vs. Washington*
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Auburn vs. North Carolina
Ticket Smarter Birmingham Bowl Tulsa vs. South Carolina
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Cal vs. Boston College
TransPerfect Music City Bowl LSU vs. Indiana
Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl UTSA vs. Nevada
Valero Alamo Bowl Oklahoma vs. Arizona State
VRBO Citrus Bowl Texas A&M vs. Penn State

* indicates non-bowl-tie-in

New Year’s Day 6 projections after Week 8

Date Bowl Matchup
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Michigan
Jan. 1 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Georgia vs. Miami
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Cincinnati vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Florida vs. Notre Dame

College Football Playoff projections after Week 8

Date Bowl Matchup
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (semifinal) Alabama vs. Ohio State
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl (semifinal) Clemson vs. Oregon
Jan. 11 CFP Championship Game Ohio State vs. Clemson

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