Omar-Rashon Borja's Week 11 Bowl Projections

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Source: Temple Football Forever

Bahamas Bowl (December 16, 11 AM ET, ESPN, Conference USA vs. MAC):

Western Kentucky vs. Bowling Green

New Orleans Bowl (December 16, 2:15 PM ET, ESPN, Conference USA vs. Sun Belt):

Liberty vs. James Madison

There is a very real possibility that Liberty goes 13-0 and misses the New Year’s Six. Their strongest non-conference win would be a win over either Bowling Green or Old Dominion and their best Conference USA win would be over Western Kentucky.

On the other hand, James Madison makes a bowl if there are not enough bowl-eligible teams and I predict there will be one less team than needed to fill all the bowl slots. As a result, 12-0 meets 13-0 in the Superdome. Can we just call this the Sugar Bowl?

Cure Bowl (Orlando, FL) (December 16, 3:30 PM ET, ABC, Group of Five vs. Group of Five):

UCF (5-7, but in due to high APR and lack of bowl teams) vs. Georgia Southern

This would be the Sun Belt’s first-ever bowl game against a Power Five team and what a way to accomplish that feat. The Cure Bowl is now at UCF’s stadium, FBC Mortgage Stadium, so there is a silver lining to having a 5-7 team play in this bowl.

New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM) (December 16, 5:45 PM ET, ESPN, Mountain West vs. Group of Five):

Wyoming vs. New Mexico State

LA Bowl (December 16, 7:30 PM ET, ABC, Mountain West #1 vs. PAC-12 #6):

Air Force vs. Arizona

Air Force’s loss to 3-6 Army takes them out of the New Year’s Six race and one would have to think the Committee would rank an 11-2 Tulane or SMU squad higher than Air Force due to a loss of that magnitude. The consolation prize is not bad at all with Air Force playing in the LA Bowl on ABC against a potentially ranked Arizona squad.

Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) (December 16, 9:15 PM ET, ESPN, PAC-12 #7 vs. Big 12 #7):

Iowa State vs. Washington State

Myrtle Beach Bowl (December 18, 2:30 PM ET, ESPN, Group of Five vs. Group of Five):

Coastal Carolina vs. Wake Forest (5-7)

Frisco Bowl (Frisco, TX) (December 19, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN, Group of Five vs. Group of Five):

UNLV vs. Texas State

Boca Raton Bowl (December 21, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN Group of Five vs. Group of Five):

Georgia State vs. Eastern Michigan

Gasparilla Bowl (December 22, 6:30 PM ET, ESPN, Group of Five vs. Group of Five/AAC/ACC/SEC):

Georgia Tech vs. USF

Birmingham Bowl (December 23,12:00 PM ET, ABC, Group of Five vs. Group of Five/AAC/ACC/SEC):

Toledo vs. Troy

Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, AL) (December 23, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN, Sun Belt vs. MAC):

Mississippi State (5-7) vs. Louisiana

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) (December 23, 3:30 PM ET, ABC, Army/Mountain West/AAC vs. Big 12 #7):

Fresno State vs. Illinois

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, ID) (December 23, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN, Mountain West vs. MAC):

Utah State vs. Northern Illinois]

68 Ventures Bowl (Mobile, AL) (December 23, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN, Group of Five vs. Group of Five):

Jacksonville State vs. Arkansas State

Las Vegas Bowl (December 23, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN, PAC-12 #3 vs. Big Ten #4):

Iowa vs. UCLA

Hawaii Bowl (December 23, 10:30 PM ET, ESPN, Mountain West vs. AAC):

Boise State vs. Rice (5-7)

The options are already slim for the Hawaii Bowl, which does not like inviting teams that already visited the islands earlier in the season. This takes San Jose State, San Diego State, and Colorado State out of the equation.

Despite residing in the WAC together from 2001-2004, these two only met twice, in 2001 and 2002, splitting the series.

Quick Lane Bowl (December 26, 2:00 PM ET, ESPN, MAC vs. Big Ten #8):

Ohio vs. Minnesota

The Quick Lane Bowl will have its first Big Ten team since…Minnesota in 2018. This is also a rematch of the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl, which Minnesota won 21-14.

First Responder Bowl (December 26, 5:30 PM ET, ESPN, Group of Five vs. Group of Five/Big 12):

West Virginia vs. SMU

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (December 26, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN, Big Ten vs. Big 12 #6):

Nebraska vs. BYU

Remember that time Tanner Mangum came off the bench and threw a Hail Mary to give BYU an upset win over Nebraska? People really forget the hold “Mangum Mania” had on America.

Military Bowl (Annapolis, MD) (December 27, 2:00 PM ET, ESPN, ACC vs. AAC):

Memphis vs. Northwestern (5-7)

This one was a complicated pick. I think the AAC will lobby hard to have a Power Conference team play in the Military Bowl in the event the Military Bowl does not have enough bowl teams. As a result, I have 5-7 Northwestern, who makes this bowl due to having the highest APR among 5-7 teams.

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Charlotte, NC) (December 27, 5:30 PM ET, ESPN, ACC vs. SEC):

Duke vs. Tennessee

Duke’s loss to Louisville makes their route to the ACC Championship Game. Furthermore, the New Year’s Six is immensely tougher to reach. Instead, Duke gets a spot in the Duke’s Mayo Classic, having not appeared in the Charlotte Bowl since 2012. The Duke’s Mayo Bowl has had a team from the Carolinas or Virginia in every edition since 2014, a staggering streak.

Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) (December 27, 8:00 PM ET, FOX, PAC-12 #4 vs. ACC):

USC vs. Miami

These two name brands have met just twice before in 1966 and 1968. I would have to think the Alamo Bowl opts for a better Oregon State team that is ranked higher than USC at the end of the year. Also, bowl discuss matchups with each other all the time. The Holiday Bowl doing some under-the-table negotiating to make this once-in-a-lifetime game happen is absolutely possible.

Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) (December, 27, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN, SEC vs. Big 12 #4):

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

Fenway Bowl (Boston, MA) (December 28, 11:00 AM ET, ESPN, ACC vs. AAC):

Syracuse vs. UTSA

Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, NY) (December 28, 2:15 PM ET, ACC vs. Big Ten):

Boston College vs. Rutgers

The two former Big East rivals have 28 meetings between one another. Boston College leads the series 20-7-1, as the first meeting came in 1919.

Pop Tarts Bowl (Orlando, FL) (December 28, 5:45 PM ET, ACC vs. Big 12 #3):

North Carolina vs. Kansas

Alamo Bowl: (San Antonio, TX) (December 28, 9:15 PM ET, PAC-12 #2 vs. Big 12 #2):

Oregon State vs. Oklahoma State

Gator Bowl: (Jacksonville, FL) (December 29, 12:00 PM ET, SEC vs. ACC)

Florida vs. Clemson

Sun Bowl: (El Paso, TX) (December 29, 2:00 PM ET, ACC vs. PAC-12 #5):

NC State vs. Utah

Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) (December 29, 3:30 PM ET, SEC vs. Big 12 #5):

Kansas State vs. Kentucky

Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) (December 30, 2:00 PM ET, SEC vs. Big Ten):

Auburn vs. Maryland

Arizona Bowl (Tucson, AZ) (December 30, 4:30 PM ET, Barstool, MAC vs. Mountain West):

Miami (OH) vs. Colorado State

Reliaquest Bowl (Tampa, FL) (January 1, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN, SEC vs. Big Ten #3):

Notre Dame vs. LSU

Ohio State’s slot in the Orange Bowl unlocks a clause that allows Tampa’s Reliaquest Bowl to select an ACC team (or Notre Dame). Obviously, the bowl will not pass on the Fighting Irish here. This is a rematch of the 2018 Citrus Bowl, 2014 Music City Bowl, 2007 Sugar Bowl, and 1997 Independence Bowl

Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) (January 1, 1:00 PM ET, ABC, SEC vs. Big Ten #2):

Missouri vs. Wisconsin

New Year’s Six:

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX) (December 29, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN)

Texas vs. Penn State

Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA) (December 30, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN)

Tulane vs. Alabama

Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) (December 30, 4:00 PM ET)

Louisville vs. Ohio State

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ) (January 1, 1:00 PM ET, ESPN)

Oregon vs. Ole Miss

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) (January 1, 5:00 PM ET, ESPN)

#2 Michigan vs. #3 Washington

In the last year of the four-team format and the last year of the PAC-12 (as far as we know), a PAC-12/Big Ten Rose Bowl matchup is poetic. This is a rematch of the 1978, 1981, 1992, and 1993 Rose Bowls. The Rose Bowl series is even between the Huskies and Wolverines.

Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) (January 1, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN)

#1 Georgia vs. #4 Florida State