College football predictions for 2022 bowl video games, Playoff semifinals, national championship

Get prepared for extra of the identical.

Sporting News’ annual preseason bowl projections are right here, and our College Football Playoff picks for 2022-23 are the same old suspects once more.

This is the ninth yr of the playoff.

MORE: SN’s 2022 Preseason Preview

The College Football Playoff semifinals can be on Dec. 31 this season. Those semifinals can be performed on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The College Football Playoff championship sport is on Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Glendale, Calif.

Sporting News’ Playoff picks are extra of the identical. Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State have mixed for 17 of 32 whole playoff appearances. Yet these 4 faculties have but to all make the Playoff in the identical season.

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SN has projections for each bowl sport right here, and they are going to be up to date all through the season:

College football bowl predictions 2022

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl North Texas vs. Miami, Ohio
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl Georgia State vs. Kent State
Dec. 17 Wasabi Fenway Bowl Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl BYU vs. Colorado State
Dec. 17 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Boise State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lending Tree Bowl Toledo vs. Old Dominion
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl Washington vs. Florida
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl FAU vs. Tulsa
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl UTEP vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl East Carolina vs. UTSA
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl UAB vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl Mississippi State* vs. Navy
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl Army vs. UCF
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl WKU vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl Minnesota vs. Central Michigan
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl Appalachian State vs. Northern Illinois
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl Arizona vs. West Virginia
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl Memphis vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl Iowa State vs. Nebraska
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Maryland* vs. Liberty
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl Kansas State vs. South Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl Purdue vs. Louisville
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl North Carolina vs. Texas
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl Baylor vs. Oregon
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Iowa vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Oregon State vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 30 We’re coming to the Bowl Pitt vs. Kentucky
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl Bowling Green vs. Utah State
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl Penn State vs. LSU
eat 2 Tampa Bay Bowl Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
eat 2 Citrus Bowl Tennessee vs. Wisconsin
TBD Holiday Bowl UCLA vs. Florida State

College football New Year’s Day Six picks

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
Dec. 30 Capital One Orange Bowl Miami, Fla. vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 31 Allstate Sugar Bowl Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
eat 2 Goodyear Cotton Bowl USC vs. Houston
eat 2 Rose Bowl Game Michigan vs. Utah
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (semifinal) Clemson vs. Alabama
Dec. 31 Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) Ohio State vs. Georgia

College Football Playoff championship decide

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
eat 11 CFP championship sport Alabama vs. Ohio State

New Year’s Day Six picks

Capital One Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Miami, Fla.

First-year coaches Marcus Freeman and Mario Cristobal renew a basic rivalry within the correct setting. The Irish have a troublesome schedule that options Ohio State, USC and Clemson, however it might take an 11-1 document to get to the Playoff. The Hurricanes make their second New Year’s Day Six look, and this could possibly be a showcase for Tyler Van Dyke.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Oklahoma nonetheless wins the Big 12 with first-year coach Brent Venables, they usually advance to face outdated Big 12 and future SEC rival Texas A&M, which is below strain to make the CFP as soon as and for all below Jimbo Fisher after the offseason back-and -forth with Nick Saban. Ultimately, the Aggies fall simply quick once more, however there can be sufficient warmth on this matchup to make the Sugar Bowl entertaining.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Houston vs. USC

Houston and Cincinnati will jockey for the American Athletic Conference championship once more, and this time the Cougars get the Group of 5 bid to the New Year’s Day Six. That’s going to place Dana Holgorsen again on the teaching carousel. USC is the “it” staff of the offseason after Lincoln Riley’s arrival and switch portal magic that introduced in Caleb Williams, Travis Dye and Jordan Addison. The Trojans have a respectable shot on the CFP and a Pac-12 championship, however we’re giving Riley just a little extra time to get there.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Utah

Jim Harbaugh’s first sport at Michigan was a 24-17 loss at Utah. Now, Harbaugh will lead Michigan to its first Rose Bowl look since 2007. The Wolverines are 0-3 in New Year’s Day Six bowls and CFP semifinals, however there’s sufficient on the roster to get to Pasadena and pull out a victory. The Utes return because the defending Pac-12 champions, they usually must maintain off USC and Oregon to get again right here. It’s an opportunity for Utah quarterback Cam Rising to shine once more.

College Football Playoff picks

Capital One Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Clemson

It’s taken a few years to ship Clemson-Alabama V, however the Tigers will return to the CFP so long as the offense returns to type within the ACC. The protection is flush with All-American expertise, and Dabo Swinney’s program is not on the decline. Alabama makes its eighth CFP semifinal look below Nick Saban, and a loaded roster led by Bryce Young and Will Anderson wins one other SEC championship.

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Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State vs. Georgia

The Buckeyes and Bulldogs haven’t met for the reason that 1993 Citrus Bowl, and this is able to give the basic offense vs. protection matchup we did not get final season. Will the Bulldogs decelerate an absurd Ohio State offense led by CJ Stroud? Will Ohio State’s protection be national-championship caliber towards an SEC heavyweight. The Buckeyes are 0-2 within the CFP semis on the Fiesta Bowl.

CFP championship decide

CFP championship sport (Los Angeles): Alabama vs. Ohio State

Another rematch – this time from the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 victory within the CFP championship on Jan. 11, 2021. That was throughout a season impacted by COVID-19. What has modified for each packages two years later? Young and Stroud are the highest Heisman contenders and could possibly be the highest two picks within the 2023 NFL Draft. Both rosters are stacked with five-star expertise, and Ryan Day is attempting to win his first national title with the Buckeyes. Will Saban get No. 8 instances?

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