College football predictions for 2022 bowl games, Playoff semifinals, national championship

Get ready for more of the same.

Sporting News’ annual preseason bowl projections are here, and our college football playoff picks for 2022-23 are once again the usual suspects.

This is the ninth year of the playoffs.

MORE: SN 2022 pre-season preview

The college football playoff semifinals will be held on December 31 this season. These semifinals will be played at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The College Football Playoff Championship game will take place on January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Glendale, Calif.

Sporting News’ playoff picks are more or less the same. Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State have combined for 17 of 32 total playoff appearances. Yet these four schools have yet to all make the playoffs in the same season.

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SN has projections for every bowl game here, and they will be updated throughout the season:

2022 college football bowl predictions

DATE BOWL MATCH
December 16 Bahamian Bowl North Texas vs. Miami, Ohio
December 16 Bowl Cure Georgia State vs. Kent State
December 17 Fenway Wasabi Bowl Cincinnati vs. Boston College
December 17 New Mexico Bowl BYU vs. Colorado State
December 17 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Boise State vs. Washington State
December 17 Loan tree bowl Toledo vs. Old Dominion
December 17 Bowl Las Vegas Washington versus Florida
December 17 Frisco Bowl FAU vs. Tulsa
December 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl UTEP vs. Marshall
December 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force
December 20 Boca Raton Bowl East Carolina vs. UTSA
December 21 New Orleans Bowl UAB vs. Coastal Carolina
December 22 Armed forces bowl Mississippi State* vs. Navy
December 23 Independence Bowl Army vs. UCF
December 23 Gasparilla Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State
December 24 Hawaii bowl WKU vs. San Diego State
December 26 Fast Lane Bowl Minnesota vs. Central Michigan
December 27 Camellia bowl Appalachian State vs. Northern Illinois
December 27 First responder bowl Arizona vs. West Virginia
December 27 Birmingham bowl Memphis vs. Virginia Tech
December 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl Iowa State vs. Nebraska
December 28 military bowl Maryland* vs. Liberty
December 28 Liberty Bowl Kansas State vs. South Carolina
December 28 Texas bowl Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
December 29 pinstripe bowl Purdue vs. Louisville
December 29 Cheez-It Bowl North Carolina vs. Texas
December 29 Alamo bowl Baylor vs. Oregon
December 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Iowa vs. NC State
December 30 Tony the Tiger Sunshine Bowl Oregon State vs. Wake Forest
December 30 Alligator bowl Pitt vs. Kentucky
December 30 Arizona Bowl Bowling Green vs. Utah State
December 31st Music City Bowl Penn State vs. LSU
January 2 Tampa Bay Bowl Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
January 2 citrus bowl Tennessee vs. Wisconsin
To be determined holiday bowl UCLA vs. Florida State

College Football New Year’s Day Six Picks

DATE BOWL MATCH
December 30 Capital One Orange Bowl Miami, Florida vs. Notre Dame
December 31st Allstate sugar bowl Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
January 2 Goodyear cotton bowl USC vs. Houston
January 2 Rose bowl game Michigan vs. Utah
December 31st Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (semi-final) Clemson vs. Alabama
December 31st Fiesta Bowl (semi-final) Ohio State vs. Georgia

College Football Playoff Championship Pick

DATE BOWL MATCH
January 11 CFP Championship Match Alabama vs. Ohio State

Six choices for the New Year

Capital One Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Miami, Florida.

First-year coaches Marcus Freeman and Mario Cristobal renew a classic rivalry in the proper setting. The Irish have a tough schedule that includes Ohio State, USC and Clemson, but would need an 11-1 record to make it to the playoffs. The Hurricanes make their second appearance on New Year’s Day six, and it could be a showcase for Tyler Van Dyke.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Oklahoma still wins the Big 12 with freshman coach Brent Venables, and they advance to face former Big 12 and future SEC rival Texas A&M, which is under pressure to make the CFP once and for all. all under Jimbo Fisher after the offseason. -suite with Nick Saban. In the end, the Aggies fall short again, but there will be enough heat on this game to make the Sugar Bowl entertaining.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Houston vs. USC

Houston and Cincinnati will once again play for the American Athletic Conference Championship, and this time the Cougars earn the Group 5 bid for Day 6 of the year. This is going to put Dana Holgorsen back on the coaching carousel. USC is the “it” team of the offseason after the arrival of Lincoln Riley and the magic of the transfer portal that brought in Caleb Williams, Travis Dye and Jordan Addison. The Trojans have a legitimate shot at qualifying for the CFP and a Pac-12 championship, but we’re giving Riley a little more time to get there.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Utah

Jim Harbaugh’s first game at Michigan was a 24-17 loss to Utah. Now Harbaugh will lead Michigan to its first Rose Bowl appearance since 2007. The Wolverines are 0-3 in the New Year’s Bowls Six and CFP Semifinals, but there are enough on the roster to get to Pasadena and pick up a win. The Utes return as the defending Pac-12 champions, and they’ll have to hold off USC and Oregon to get back here. This is a chance for Utah quarterback Cam Rising to shine again.

College Football Playoff Picks

Capital One Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Clemson

It took a few years to deliver Clemson-Alabama V, but the Tigers will return to the CFP as long as the offense recovers in the ACC. The defense is brimming with All-American talent, and Dabo Swinney’s program isn’t in decline. Alabama makes its eighth CFP Semifinal appearance under Nick Saban, and a loaded roster led by Bryce Young and Will Anderson wins another SEC championship.

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Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State vs. Georgia

The Buckeyes and Bulldogs haven’t met since the Citrus Bowl in 1993, and that would be the classic attack vs. defense game we didn’t have last season. Will the Bulldogs slow down an absurd Ohio State offense led by CJ Stroud? Will Ohio State’s defense be national-caliber against an SEC heavyweight? The Buckeyes are 0-2 in the CFP semifinals at the Fiesta Bowl.

CFP Championship Pick

CFP Championship Game (Los Angeles): Alabama vs. Ohio State

Another rematch – this time of the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 victory in the CFP Championship on January 11, 2021. This was during a season impacted by COVID-19. What has changed for the two programs two years later? Young and Stroud are Heisman’s top contenders and could be the top two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Both rosters are loaded with five-star talent and Ryan Day is looking to win his first national title with the Buckeyes. Will Saban get number 8 here?

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