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.
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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
|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
|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
|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?