By the time you read these bowl projections, they all have changed six times.
I’m only being facetious but one change quickly turns into another and before you know it, seven bowls have made adaptations.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Friday that the bowls have reached a workaround should Navy vault past Western Michigan as the top team outside of the Power 5 conferences. It could have paralyzed the entire system otherwise, which would have held up teams knowing who and where they’ll play and, of course, marketing.
What happens today and tonight with the Big Ten, SEC and ACC title games, along with the de facto Big 12 title game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will impact the entire pairing structure. By Sunday morning, this could look completely different. A few of the alterations at the top could include the Wisconsin-Penn State loser falling out of the New Year’s Six bowls or what happens to the four-team playoff if Virginia Tech upsets Clemson. At the bottom, that could include South Alabama losing to New Mexico State and forcing another 5-7 team (Northern Illinois) into the playoff field.
Also, swaps among the lower-tier conferences take place every year. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Idaho took the Mid-American Conference’s slot in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. I still don’t know why the five non-Power 5 conferences don’t arrange a Super Bowl of sorts among their league champions. But I digress.
Here are some ways to watch and listen to the playoff and bowl unveilings this weekend.
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HOW TO WATCH THE PLAYOFF PAIRINGS ON TV: ESPN has exclusive rights to broadcast the selection committee’s four teams competing in the College Football Playoff. Live coverage begins about noon ET Sunday and the four-team unveil is slated for around 12:30 p.m. ET. Around 2:30 p.m. ET, the selection committee discloses the other eight teams that will compete in the other four New Year’s Six bowl games as well as the complete top 25 list.
HOW TO WATCH THE OTHER BOWL PAIRINGS ON TV: ESPNU will broadcast the bowl selections on its Championship Drive: Bowl Selection Show beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Those pairings will come out individually and not through an unveiling.
Entering Saturday’s games, here are Land of 10 reporter Scott Dochterman’s bowl projections:
College Football Playoff
PEACH — 1. Alabama vs. 4. Washington
FIESTA — 2. Ohio State vs. 3. Clemson
New Year’s Six games
ROSE (Big Ten vs. Pac-12) — Wisconsin vs. USC
SUGAR (SEC vs. Big 12) — Auburn vs. Oklahoma
ORANGE (ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame) — Florida State vs. Michigan
COTTON (Top non-Power 5 vs. At-large) — Western Michigan vs. Penn State
Big Ten bowls
OUTBACK (Big Ten vs. SEC) — Iowa vs. Florida
HOLIDAY (Big Ten vs. Pac-12) — Minnesota vs. Stanford
MUSIC CITY (Big Ten/ACC vs. SEC) — Nebraska vs. Tennessee
FOSTER FARMS (Big Ten vs. Pac-12) — Washington State vs. Indiana
PINSTRIPE (Big Ten vs. ACC) — Northwestern vs. North Carolina
QUICK LANE (Big Ten vs. ACC) — Maryland vs. Boston College
Power 5 bowl games
CITRUS (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) — Louisville vs. LSU
TAXSLAYER (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) — Miami vs. Kentucky
BELK (ACC vs. SEC) — Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas
TEXAS (SEC vs. Big 12) — Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
LIBERTY (SEC vs. Big 12) — Georgia vs. TCU
BIRMINGHAM (SEC vs. AAC) — South Carolina vs. Houston
INDEPENDENCE (SEC vs. ACC) — Vanderbilt vs. N.C. State
ALAMO (Big 12 vs. Pac-12) — Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
RUSSELL ATHLETIC (ACC vs. Big 12) — West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh
SUN (ACC vs. Pac-12) — Georgia Tech vs. Utah
LAS VEGAS (Pac-12 vs. MWC) — **Mississippi State vs. Wyoming
MILITARY (ACC vs. AAC ) — Wake Forest vs. Temple
ARMED FORCES (Big 12 vs. Navy/Army) — Louisiana Tech** vs. Navy
CACTUS (Pac-12 vs. Big 12) — **Boise State vs. Baylor
HEART OF DALLAS (Big Ten vs. CUSA) — **Army vs. North Texas
ST. PETERSBURG (ACC vs. American) — **Appalachian State vs. South Florida
MIAMI BEACH (AAC vs. MAC) — Tulsa vs. Toledo
BOCA RATON (AAC vs. CUSA) — Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
CURE (AAC vs. Sun Belt) — Central Florida vs. Arkansas State
BAHAMAS (MAC vs. CUSA) — Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
POINSETTIA (BYU vs. MWC) — BYU vs. San Diego State
POTATO (MWC vs. MAC) — Colorado State vs. Miami-Ohio
HAWAII (MWC vs. CUSA) — Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee State
NEW ORLEANS (Sun Belt vs. CUSA) — Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Miss
NEW MEXICO (MWC vs. CUSA) — New Mexico vs. UTSA
ARIZONA (Sun Belt vs. MWC) — Idaho vs. Air Force
DOLLAR GENERAL (Sun Belt vs. MAC) — Troy vs. Ohio
CAMELLIA (Sun Belt vs. MAC) — South Alabama vs. Central Michigan
** Replacement teams for conferences that did not fill their bowl slots.