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College football predictions for 2021 bowl games, Playoff semifinals, national championship

College football predictions for 2021 bowl games, Playoff semifinals, national championship

Bowl Season returns in 2021-22 with a schedule that includes 43 bowl games between FBS teams.

While College Football Playoff expansion might be in the works, this year marks the eighth season of the four-team playoff. This year’s College Football Playoff championship game is Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The year’s semifinals are Dec. 31 at the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Stock Market Pioneer’ Playoff picks are more of the same. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have combined for 20 of the 28 total playoff appearances. Yet those four schools have yet to all make the Playoff in the same season.

SN has projections for all 43 bowl games here, and they will be updated throughout the season:

College football bowl predictions 2021

Dec. 17Bahamas BowlBall State vs. FAU
Dec. 17Cure BowlArkansas State vs. Tulsa
Dec. 18RoofClaim.com Boca Raton BowlUCF vs. Liberty*
Dec. 18New Mexico BowlNevada vs. Marshall
Dec. 18Radiance Technologies Independence BowlBYU vs. UTSA
Dec. 18Lendingtree BowlToledo vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 18Los Angeles BowlBoise State vs. UCLA
Dec. 18R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlSouth Alabama vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 20Myrtle Beach BowlGeorgia State vs. Memphis
Dec. 21Famous Idaho Potato BowlBuffalo vs. Colorado State
Dec. 21Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco BowlMiami, Ohio vs. UAB
Dec. 21Armed Forces BowlArmy* vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 23Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla BowlSan Diego State vs. FIU
Dec. 24Hawai’i BowlSan Jose State vs. SMU
Dec. 25Camellia BowlKent State vs. Louisiana
Dec. 27Quick Lane BowlTulane vs. Michigan State
Dec. 27Military BowlNavy vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 28TicketSmarter Birmingham BowlHouston vs. Tennessee
Dec. 28First Responder BowlBaylor vs. Virginia
Dec. 28AutoZone Liberty BowlTCU vs. Auburn
Dec. 28Guaranteed Rate BowlMaryland vs. Kansas State
Dec. 29Fenway BowlCincinnati vs. Pitt
Dec. 29Pinstripe BowlNorthwestern vs. Louisville
Dec. 29Cheez-It BowlWest Virginia vs. Florida State
Dec. 29Valero Alamo BowlOregon vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 30Duke’s Mayo BowlIndiana vs. N.C. State
Dec. 30Transperfect Music City BowlNebraska vs. Kentucky
Dec. 30SRS Las Vegas BowlCal vs. Iowa
Dec. 31TaxSlayer Gator BowlMissouri vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 31Tony the Tiger Sun BowlUtah vs. Boston College
Jan. 1Outback BowlMichigan vs. LSU
Jan. 1Vrbo Citrus BowlPenn State vs. Florida
Jan. 4Texas BowlTexas vs. Ole Miss
TBDHoliday BowlArizona State vs. Miami
TBDRedBox BowlWashington vs. Minnesota
TBDArizona BowlOhio vs. Wyoming

*Denotes not tied to bowl game

College Football New Year’s Six predictions

Dec. 30Chick-Fil-A Peach BowlNotre Dame vs. Texas A&M
Jan. 1PlayStation Fiesta BowlCoastal Carolina vs. North Carolina
Jan. 1Rose Bowl GameUSC vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlIowa State vs. Georgia
Dec. 31Capital One Orange Bowl (semifinal)Ohio State vs. Alabama
Dec. 31Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (semifinal)Oklahoma vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff championship prediction

Jan. 10College Football Playoff championshipAlabama vs. Clemson

New Year’s Day Six picks

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M

The Aggies and Irish get to settle last year’s playoff a year too late on a smaller stage. Both teams have quarterback battles worth watching in fall camp, but we’d more interested in the running backs in this one. Isaiah Spiller and Kyren Williams are both dark-horse Heisman candidates. This will be a fun table-setter for the rest of the New Year’s Day Six.

PlayStation First Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina

The Chanticleers are our Group of 5 selection, and some of that is based on Cincinnati’s tough nonconference schedule against Indiana and Notre Dame. The Sun Belt gets their due, and Grayson McCall gets matched up across North Carolina’s Sam Howell, who leads the Tar Heels to their second straight NY6 bowl appearance under Mack Brown.

Rose Bowl Game: USC vs. Wisconsin

USC and Wisconsin met in the Rose Bowl in 1953 and 1963, and this matches up the Pac-12 champion against the Big Ten runner-up. Kedon Slovis and Graham Mertz make it an intriguing matchup, but with these teams is comes down to who can the ball. It will be nice to have the Tournament of Roses Parade back, too.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Iowa State vs. Georgia

The Bulldogs are forced to settle for a fourth straight New Year’s Day Six Bowl appearance unless JT Daniels can lead a Playoff run. Will that turn up any pressure on Kirby Smart? The Cyclones, meanwhile, are in an all-in year given the number of players who returned from last year’s Fiesta Bowl winner. Given the hype around both teams, this would feel a bit like a consolation game.

College Football Playoff picks

Capital One Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama

Didn’t we just watch this game? Both programs sent 10 players to the 2021 NFL Draft, but there is more than enough talent on both sides for a third CFP playoff matchup. The Buckeyes are loaded at receiver, and Alabama should be better on defense. What will Ryan Day do differently after last year’s CFP championship game loss?

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

This would be the more entertaining matchup given it features two of the top three quarterbacks in SN’s Top 25 QB rankings. Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler would put on an offensive show in this one. Which program faces more pressure? The Sooners are 0-4 in CFP semifinals, and the Tigers have been routed in their last two appearances.

CFP championship pick

CFP championship game: Alabama vs. Clemson

More of the same. Until the CFP expands to 12 teams, this matchup will continue to pop up given the talent level assembled on both sides. The Crimson Tide and Tigers have split four playoff matchups the last seven years, and this time both schools travel north to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. We had Ohio State vs. Clemson in last year’s championship game.

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Janice Tilson

Janice has been phenomenal in the success of Stock Market Pioneer. She is the super dedicated types, always glued to her computer. She talks less, but when it comes to work, she is behind none. She is a tech geek and contributes to the technology section of Stock Market Pioneer.

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