College football predictions: Bowl projections for a postseason featuring new bowls and the playoff

Football 2014 — Want to get a jump on your holiday travel plans? The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel projects where your favorite college football team will spend the 2014-15 bowl season.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm •  Published: August 25, 2014
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photo - Expect OU and Alabama to make the College Football Playoff, says Berry Tramel. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Expect OU and Alabama to make the College Football Playoff, says Berry Tramel. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The college football bowl lineup has changed dramatically, with all kinds of new alignments and a couple of new games. Here are Berry Tramel’s projections for the 38 bowl games, plus the national championship game:

Dec. 20

* New Orleans Bowl, 10 a.m.: Colorado State vs. Arkansas State. Not a marquee game, but after 14 days of virtually no college football, America will be ready to watch bright and early.

* New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, N.M., 1 p.m.: Texas-San Antonio vs. Utah State. Larry Coker’s fledgling program is eligible for bowl consideration.

* Las Vegas Bowl, 2:30 p.m.: Boise State vs. Oregon State. Good game for pre-Christmas.

* Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho, 4:30 p.m.: Ball State vs. Nevada. Remember when the Big 12 was aligned with the Boise bowl?

* Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala., 8 p.m.: Toledo vs. South Alabama. Montgomery used to host the Blue-Gray Game on Christmas Day.

Dec. 22

* Miami Beach Bowl, 1 p.m.: Brigham Young vs. Houston. Strange bowl contract — the Mormons and South Beach.

Dec. 23

* Boca Raton Bowl, 5 p.m.: Middle Tennessee vs. Northern Illinois. Two years ago, the Huskies were in South Florida for the Orange Bowl.

* Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, 8:30 p.m.: Navy vs. Fresno State. San Diego is a Navy town.

Dec. 24

* Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas, 11 a.m.: Rice vs. Bowling Green. Somehow, college football and the Bahamas seem an odd fit.

* Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, 7 p.m.: Florida Atlantic vs. San Diego State. Honolulu once attracted major conferences, but no longer.

Dec. 26

* Heart of Dallas Bowl, noon: Indiana vs. North Texas. Dan McCarney’s Mean Green get a shot at a major-conference foe.

* Detroit Lions Bowl, 3:30 p.m.: North Carolina State vs. Minnesota. NFL teams do whatever they can get to get in the game-hosting business.

* St. Petersburg Bowl, 7 p.m.: Central Florida vs. Syracuse. Quite a good matchup for a game that doesn’t have much cachet.

Dec. 27

* Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md., noon: Duke vs. East Carolina. Some bowl cities are more exciting, but none are more charming, than Annapolis.

* Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, 1 p.m.: Louisville vs. Arizona. The stately Sun moves off its traditional New Year’s Eve date.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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