College football bowl projections for Week 7: Cincinnati, Ohio State move into playoff

Sporting News will have bowl projections each week from now until the CFP Selection Show on Dec. 5.

Bowl season returns in 2021-22 with a schedule that includes 42 bowl games between FBS teams. This year’s College Football Playoff championship game is Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The semifinals are Dec. 31 at the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

These projections are for how we think the rest of the regular season will play out. 

For now, Alabama is out of the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide could work their way back, of course, but that would require winning out and beating Georgia in the SEC championship game. We project the Dawgs as the SEC champs. 

In the Big Ten, we like Ohio State. Sure, Iowa is ranked No. 2 and unbeaten. But we believe the Buckeyes will win the Big Ten championship game in Indy and slide into the CFP again. 

All of this, of course, benefits Cincinnati, which needs help to break into the field. The Alabama loss was a start. 

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SN has projections for all 42 bowl games here, and they will be updated throughout the season:

College football bowl projections for Week 7 

Dec. 17Bahamas BowlNorthern Illinois vs. FAU
Dec. 17Cure BowlTroy vs. Memphis
Dec. Boca Raton BowlFresno State vs. Liberty*
Dec. 18New Mexico BowlNevada vs. UTEP
Dec. 18Radiance Technologies Independence BowlBYU vs. UTSA
Dec. 18Lendingtree BowlEastern Michigan vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 18Los Angeles BowlSan Diego State vs. UCLA
Dec. 18R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlTexas State vs. Charlotte
Dec. 20Myrtle Beach BowlAppalachian State vs. UCF
Dec. 21Famous Idaho Potato BowlToledo vs. San Jose State
Dec. 21Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. Boise State
Dec. 22Armed Forces BowlArmy* vs. Marshall
Dec. 23Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla BowlWashington State vs. UAB
Dec. 24Hawai’i BowlAir Force vs. SMU
Dec. 25Camellia BowlKent State vs. Louisiana
Dec. 27Quick Lane BowlTemple vs. Maryland
Dec. 27Military BowlNorth Carolina vs. Utah*
Dec. 28TicketSmarter Birmingham BowlHouston vs. Auburn
Dec. 28First Responder BowlTCU vs. Virginia
Dec. 28AutoZone Liberty BowlKansas State vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 28Holiday BowlUSC vs. Louisville
Dec. 28Guaranteed Rate BowlGeorgia Tech* vs. Texas Tech
Dec. 29Fenway BowlEast Carolina vs. Boston College
Dec. 29Pinstripe BowlRutgers vs. N.C. State
Dec. 29Cheez-It BowlIowa State vs. Pitt
Dec. 29Valero Alamo BowlArizona State vs. Baylor
Dec. 30Duke’s Mayo BowlNebraska vs. Clemson
Dec. 30Transperfect Music City BowlMinnesota vs. Tennessee
Dec. 30SRS Las Vegas BowlStanford vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 31TaxSlayer Gator BowlFlorida vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 31Tony the Tiger Sun BowlOregon State vs. Miami
Dec. 31Arizona BowlBall State vs. Wyoming
Jan. 1Outback BowlMichigan State vs. Kentucky
Jan. 1Vrbo Citrus BowlPenn State vs. Arkansas
Jan. 4Texas BowlTexas vs. Texas A&M

*Denotes not tied to bowl game

College Football New Year’s Six projections

Dec. 30Chick-Fil-A Peach BowlNotre Dame vs. Wake Forest
Jan. 1PlayStation Fiesta BowlOle Miss vs. Michigan
Jan. 1Rose Bowl GameOregon vs. Iowa
Jan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlOklahoma State vs. Alabama
Dec. 31Capital One Orange Bowl (semifinal)Georgia vs. Cincinnati
Dec. 31Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (semifinal)Oklahoma vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff championship projection

Jan. 10College Football Playoff championshipGeorgia vs. Ohio State

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