The College Football Playoff race has entered the home stretch with just three weeks left until the pairings are revealed.
Oklahoma’s loss to Baylor has opened up a debate for how the CFP might shake out. In Sporting News’ latest bowl projections, we have Alabama back in the four-team playoff and an Alabama-Georgia national championship game in Indianapolis.
That requires victories for Alabama against Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia in the SEC championship game. If Alabama does that and Oregon loses one of Utah, Oregon State and the Pac-12 championship game, then the picture will become clear. Those two scenarios are a toss-up, but for now we’ll say the Crimson Tide wins out and Oregon loses one of its last three games. It also would open the door for Cincinnati to make the playoff.
This year’s bowl season includes 42 games between FBS teams. The 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.
Our bowl projection is for how we believe the rest of the season will play out.
Here are our Week 12 bowl projections:
SN has projections for all 42 bowl games here, and they will be updated throughout the season:
College football bowl projections for Week 12
*Denotes not tied to bowl game
College Football New Year’s Six projections
College Football Playoff championship projection
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