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College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2021-22 after Week 9
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Alabama is still alive for the CFB Playoff in the 2021-22 college football bowl projections. 

College football's 2021 bowl season starts on Dec. 17, but with nine weeks in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Cincinnati are projected to compete in the CFB Playoff, with the New Year's Six matchups headlined by Michigan State-Oregon in the Rose Bowl and Ole Miss-Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The 2021-22 bowl schedule features 42 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will take place on Friday, Dec. 31 this season. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Jan. 10.

A few teams just missed in our projections after Week 9, including Rutgers, South Alabama, ULM, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Wyoming, Stanford, Boston College and Wyoming.

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How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2021 after Week 9:

College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. MAC

Projection: FAU vs. Ball State

Cure Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt/Army

Projection: Appalachian State vs. Liberty

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt

Projection: UAB vs. Coastal Carolina

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: UTEP vs. Utah State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: BYU vs. Conference USA

Projection: BYU vs. UTSA

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: MAC/C-USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Miami (Ohio) vs. Troy

LA Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: Fresno State vs. Oregon State

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Marshall vs. Louisiana

Myrtle Beach Bowl (Dec. 20)

Tie-In: AAC/MAC/C-USA/Sun Belt

Projection: Charlotte vs. Western Michigan

Famous Idaho Bowl (Dec. 21)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Kent State vs. Nevada

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt

Projection: Air Force vs. WKU

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

Tie-In: Big 12/C-USA/AAC/Army

Projection: Texas Tech vs. Army

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)

Tie-In: AAC/ACC/SEC

Projection: Louisville vs. Washington

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA vs. Mountain West

Projection: SMU vs. San Jose State

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 25)

Tie-In: MAC/C-USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Central Michigan vs. Georgia State

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. MAC

Projection: Purdue vs. Toledo

Military Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: American/ACC/C-USA vs. SEC

Projection: Mississippi State vs. Memphis

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: AAC/Big 12/C-USA/Sun Belt/MW

Projection: USC vs. Houston

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: West Virginia vs. Tennessee

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: Kansas State vs. Boise State

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: North Carolina vs. UCLA

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Syracuse vs. UCF

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Virginia vs. Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: Iowa State vs. Pitt

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Utah vs. Baylor

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: NC State vs. Auburn

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. Arkansas

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Arizona State vs. Minnesota

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Florida vs. Clemson

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Miami vs. Washington State

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Northern Illinois vs. San Diego State

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Penn State vs. Texas A&M

Texas Bowl (Jan. 4)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Texas vs. LSU

New Year’s Six Bowl

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Michigan vs. Wake Forest

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Michigan State vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma

CFB Playoff

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Orange Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

National Championship (Jan. 10)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

Tie-In: Cotton Bowl Winner vs. Orange Bowl Winner

Projection: Alabama vs. Georgia

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