College football bowl projections after Week 13: Notre Dame, Clemson are Playoff-bound

Clemson and Notre Dame are both in the College Football Playoff — at least for now.

Sporting News’ bowl projections after Week 13 have both the Tigers and Fighting Irish in the four-team Playoff as they move toward a possible rematch in the ACC championship game.

Notre Dame (9-0) and Clemson (8-1) make up half the field. Alabama (8-0) and Ohio State (4-0) are as well, despite the latter’s uncertainty regarding its eligibility to make the Big Ten championship.

As long as those teams win, they’re in.

MORE: College Football Playoff Picture

This season’s semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and the 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 6 heading into Week 14:

College football bowl projections

Date Bowl Teams
Dec. 19 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl UTSA vs. Nevada
Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach Bowl Memphis vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. Boise State
Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl UCF vs. FAU
Dec. 23 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Marshall vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 23 Montgomery Bowl* Ball State vs. Fresno State
Dec. 24 New Mexico Bowl Houston vs. Wyoming
Dec. 25 Camellia Bowl Central Michigan vs. Georgia State
Dec. 26 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Utah vs. Boston College
Dec. 26 Cure Bowl Louisiana vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl TCU vs. Liberty
Dec. 26 LendingTree Bowl UAB vs. Georgia Southern
Dec. 26 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army vs. Oregon State
Dec. 26 Guaranteed Rate Bowl West Virginia vs. Maryland
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta SMU vs. Virginia
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl Kansas State vs. Pitt
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Iowa State vs. Oregon
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Purdue vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 30 TransPerfect Music City Bowl Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 30 LA Bowl Colorado vs. San Jose State
Dec. 31 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Tulane vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 31 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Washington vs. N.C. State
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 31 Arizona Bowl Kent State vs. San Diego State
Dec. 31 Texas Bowl Texas vs. LSU
Jan. 1 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Tulsa vs. North Texas
Jan. 1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Auburn vs. Indiana
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Missouri vs. North Carolina
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl Georgia vs. Wisconsin

New Year’s Day 6 projections

DATE BOWL TEAMS
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Jan. 1 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Cincinnati vs. Northwestern
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl USC vs. BYU
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Florida vs. Miami

College Football Playoff projections

DATE BOWL TEAMS
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (CFP semifinal) Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) Alabama vs. Clemson
Jan. 11 CFP National Championship Game Ohio State vs. Alabama

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