Bowl projections: Could we get another Oklahoma State-Ole Miss Sugar Bowl?

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There wasn't much movement at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night. And there's not much movement at the top of our bowl projections as a result.

The only significant changes to the New Year's Six bowl games come in New Orleans, where we have two new Sugar Bowl participants. The new entries come after both Oklahoma and Texas A&M lost on Saturday and dropped in the rankings. Two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff leaves the door open for the third-highest team in the rankings to head to the Sugar Bowl.

Here are our latest bowl projections ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season.

College Football Playoff semifinals

Orange Bowl (Dec. 31)

  • Georgia vs. Ohio State

We’re sticking with the top four in the CFP rankings for another week but swapping out Oregon and Ohio State. We all know the top four picture will get a lot clearer over the next two weeks.

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 31)

  • Oregon vs. Alabama

If Ohio State beats Michigan State fairly easily on Saturday, will they jump the Ducks even if Oregon has a comfortable time with Utah?

New Year's Six games

Peach Bowl (Dec. 30)

  • Wake Forest (ACC champion) vs. Notre Dame (at-large)

Both teams moved up in the rankings in the wake of Oklahoma’s loss.

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

  • Michigan State (at-large) vs. Cincinnati (at-large)

This matchup projection could change after Saturday. Michigan State would move back up into the provisional playoff field with a win over the Buckeyes.

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

  • Michigan (Big Ten) vs. Utah (Pac-12)

Could a five-loss Utah team make the Rose Bowl? The Utes are 7-3 and could be 8-5 if they lose to Oregon on Saturday and then again to the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game.

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

  • Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)

This is a rematch of the 2016 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time either team made a postseason trip to New Orleans.

Other bowl games

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 17)

  • Charlotte vs. Ball State

Cure Bowl (Dec. 17)

  • Buffalo vs. Boise State

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • Coastal Carolina vs. Western Kentucky

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • UTEP vs. Air Force

Independence Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • BYU vs. UTSA

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • South Alabama vs. Toledo

L.A. Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • Oregon State vs. San Diego State

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 18)

  • UAB vs. Louisiana

Myrtle Beach Bowl (Dec. 20)

  • Miami (Ohio) vs. Middle Tennessee

Potato Bowl (Dec. 21)

  • Nevada vs. Kent State

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21)

  • SMU vs. Appalachian State

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

  • Army vs. East Carolina

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)

  • South Carolina vs. Marshall

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

  • Fresno State vs. Houston

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 25)

  • Troy vs. Eastern Michigan

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27)

  • Maryland vs. Western Michigan

Military Bowl (Dec. 27)

  • Memphis vs. Miami

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28)

  • Missouri vs. Liberty

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 28)

  • West Virginia vs. Northern Illinois

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

  • Iowa State vs. Tennessee

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

  • Virginia vs. USC

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28)

  • Kansas State vs. Wyoming

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 29)

  • UCF vs. Boston College

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

  • Louisville vs. Minnesota

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

  • Pitt vs. Baylor

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

  • Oklahoma vs. UCLA

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

  • North Carolina vs. Florida

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30)

  • Auburn vs. Penn State

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

  • Purdue vs. Arizona State

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)

  • N.C. State vs. Kentucky

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)

  • Clemson vs. Washington State

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 31)

  • Utah State vs. Central Michigan

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

  • Iowa vs. Arkansas

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

  • Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M

Texas Bowl (Jan. 4)

  • Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State