Bowl Projections: Four SEC teams are heading to New Year's Six bowl games

Nick Bromberg

The SEC’s domination of the College Football Playoff rankings will be seen in the New Year’s Six Bowl games.

We won’t know for sure what the matchups are going to be until Sunday, but we have a pretty good idea that – if Georgia loses to Alabama – four of the New Year’s Six bowl games will include an SEC team.

A playoff of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma means matchups between the Tide and Sooners, and the Tigers against the Irish. Georgia would go to the Sugar Bowl to play Texas and then LSU and Florida would be split between the Fiesta and Peach Bowls. Florida, with its win over LSU, would get the edge to go to the Peach Bowl.

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That’s a lot of SEC. But hey, the conference did have eight teams in Tuesday’s top 25.

Below is our final set of bowl projections. We’re betting on a Virginia Tech win over Marshall. That would mean 82 bowl-eligible teams for 78 spots and four teams on the sidelines. The MAC has five bowl spots and seven bowl-eligible teams, so Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio) could get left out. Southern Miss is also projected to miss a bowl game at 6-5 and Louisiana-Monroe at 6-6.

ESPN also owns over 30 of the bowl games listed below and will likely shift some matchups around over the next week. It’s impossible to predict how ESPN will make those moves, but we took a flier on one of them in the Armed Forces Bowl to pit a potentially 10-2 Army team against a 10-2 Utah State team. That would be a fun game to watch.

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 15)
Middle Tennessee State vs. Fresno State

Cure Bowl (Dec. 15)
Tulane vs Louisiana

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 15)
Boise State vs. Stanford

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 15)
Ohio vs. Georgia Southern

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 15)
UAB vs. Appalachian State

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)
Temple vs. Marshall

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 19)
Houston vs. Buffalo

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 20)
South Florida vs. Miami

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 21) [already announced]
Florida International vs. Toledo

Potato Bowl (Dec. 21)
Western Michigan vs. San Diego State

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 22)
Memphis vs. Virginia Tech

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)
Army vs. Utah State

Dollar General Bowl (Dec. 22)
Northern Illinois vs. Troy

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 22)
Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 26)
North Texas vs. Wyoming

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26)
Wake Forest vs. Purdue

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 26)
Baylor vs. Arizona State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 27)
Duke vs. BYU

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27)
Virginia vs. Michigan State

Texas Bowl (Dec. 27)
TCU vs. Auburn

Music City Bowl (Dec. 28)
Iowa vs. Missouri

Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28)
Syracuse vs. Iowa State

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 28)
Arkansas State vs. Nevada

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28)
West Virginia vs. Washington State

Belk Bowl (Dec. 29)
Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina

RedBox Bowl (Dec. 31)
Minnesota vs. Cal

Military Bowl (Dec. 31)
Cincinnati vs. Boston College

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31)
Oklahoma State vs. Vanderbilt

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 31)
Wisconsin vs. Utah

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)
NC State vs. Mississippi State

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)
Pitt vs. Oregon

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)
Northwestern vs. Texas A&M

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)
Penn State vs. Kentucky

NEW YEAR’S SIX

Peach Bowl (Dec. 29)
Michigan vs. Florida

CFP semifinal: Orange Bowl (Dec. 29)
Alabama vs. Oklahoma

CFP semifinal: Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29)
Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)
UCF vs. LSU

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)
Ohio State vs. Washington

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)
Texas vs. Georgia

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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