Before we get to the post-college football week 12 projections, an apology. Last week, we projected Provo’s pride—the BYU Cougars—to take on the Utah State Aggies in the Hawaii Bowl. Since the two teams met in late September, this just can’t happen. Standard bowl season rules apply. We deeply apologize for an error that has upset Cougars fans and media alike. Now for the action!
Our 2022 CFB Bowl Predictions are a combination of our own College Football Top 25, and the teams falling outside of this are selected based on their current standings in their respective conferences.
If you don’t see your favorite team here, there’s a good chance it won’t be bowling in 2022. Let’s start with the Crown Jewels of CFB bowl season, college football playoff and other New Year’s Six games.
After a packed college football Week 12 that promised a significant shake in the college football playoff rankings, very little has changed at the top of our 2022 college football bowl predictions. Ohio State remains the second-placed team in our CFB Top 25 after their scare against Maryland and secures a spot in the Peach Bowl.
The Buckeyes have never played in the marquee bowl game since their inception in 1968. However, with just one regular-season game and a potential Big Ten championship-game appearance before Selection Sunday, it seems unlikely they’ll topple Georgia from their place at the top of the nation. A date with history awaits, but who will meet her there?
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After another win that has become the ultimate talking point in regards to their CFP candidacy, the TCU Horned Frogs currently hold their fourth-place finish according to our latest College Football Playoff Prediction. However, to separate two Big Ten contenders, Sonny Dykes’ team gets a jab in the Peach Bowl in our college football bowl projections.
How this matchup would play out ultimately depends on which version of the TCU defense shows up. Because if whoever gave Baylor Saturday’s 232 rushing yards shows up, Dallan Hayden and TreVeyon Henderson might just set Peach Bowl rushing records. However, don’t sleep when Kendre Miller gives the Buckeyes nightmares.
It wasn’t always the dominance we’ve come to expect from Georgia as they defeated a Will Levis-led Kentucky team in College Football Week 12, but the Bulldogs continue their almost inevitable collision course with the top spot in college football Playoffs on leaderboards.
With Michigan relegated to fourth in these bowl predictions, it’s a tasty repeat of last season’s Orange Bowl. Though the College Football Playoff Semifinals venue is changing this season, is there any reason to suspect a result other than Georgia’s dominant 34-11 win that catapulted them to a national title?
After seeing Michigan struggle to defeat Illinois on Saturday, maybe not. Without star running back Blake Corum, the Wolverines faltered on offense and only kicker Jake Moody kept them on course for a date with the Fiesta Bowl.
If the injury turns out to end the season, it’s hard to imagine Michigan being able to keep up with a Stetson Bennett IV-led Georgia offense in a game with two defensive juggernauts. The Bulldogs’ march to a second straight national title continues with a win at the Fiesta Bowl.
rose bowl | USC vs. Penn State
After defeating UCLA in a crucial test of Pac-12 cannibalization, USC could be poised to make the college football playoffs if they can win their last two games. History teaches us not to expect the Trojans to triumph under these circumstances, with a berth at the annual Pac-12 event in Pasadena being a much more likely scenario.
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In a repeat of our post-CFB Week 11 college football bowl predictions, they will meet Penn State in the Rose Bowl with a Big Ten two-pronged playoff attack, leaving the Nittany Lions as the conference’s top-ranked team. A quartet of touchdown guys (rushing, passing, kickoff return, fumble return) saw Penn State easily set off Rutgers, and they have the ground game to put the Trojans in trouble.
cotton bowl | Coastal Carolina vs. Tennessee
Tennessee continues to crash our College Football Top 25 after a shellacking by South Carolina, taking them out of CFP consideration and possibly the other SEC-linked NY6 bowls. However, their slide ends in the Cotton Bowl, where they will face the opponent for the nation’s best group-of-five team.
Understandably, the University of Virginia decided to cancel its game with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers following the murders of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. As a result, Coastal remains the top-ranked group-of-five team in our rankings and meets Tennessee in these college football bowl projections to make a Cotton Bowl appearance for the first time in his short FBS lifetime.
The Chants have several teams hot on their heels, with UTSA, Tulane, Troy and Cincinnati all within striking distance. This Coastal vs. Tennessee match has an exciting appeal, however, as two battling runners-up will likely result in a high-score game when disgruntled wizard Grayson McCall returns from injury to take on Hendon Hooker.
sugar bowl | State of Kansas vs. LSU
The Big 12 has one team in the college football playoffs in these bowl projections, so the second-place team takes the conference seat in the Sugar Bowl. That neither team is made up of Texas or Oklahoma speaks to the craziness of college football this season, and we absolutely love it.
With Deuce Vaughn and transfer QB Adrian Martinez, Kansas State has been an exciting program this season. In the first quarter of their Week 12 win over West Virginia, they scored over 60 points and amassed over 500 total yards of offense. Stunning stuff. The reward for their success is a first-ever Sugar Bowl appearance for the program.
Although LSU has a shot at the “last four” if they defeat Georgia in the SEC championship game, it would be a brave man to bet against the Bulldogs. Instead, LSU is taking a seat in the Sugar Bowl for the first time since 2007. JaMarcus Russell was named MVP after leading the Tigers 41-14 past Notre Dame.
orange peel | Clemson vs. Alabama
We’ve gotten so used to watching these two great programs compete for a national title that Clemson vs. Alabama in the Orange Bowl is almost disappointing. Although both are in the top 10 in our latest ranking, their seasons have fallen short of expectations. However, this matchup has electric potential if all NFL-tied players decide to go in one last time rather than sit out this time.
To see Clemson’s defensive line go to work against an offensive line from Alabama that has shown promise but hasn’t had the dominance of recent years would be something special. Meanwhile, DJ Uiagalelei won’t face a much tougher test than having Will Anderson Jr. and Dallas Turner in his face.
Although the players on the field would make this Orange Bowl duel an appetizing spectacle, it would be the icing on the cake of a sensational college football season for adoring fans to see Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban once again flex their tactical skills against each other and Armchair viewers alike.
2022 College Football Bowl Game Predictions
Iowa vs. Ole Miss
South Carolina vs. Minnesota
Music City Bowl
Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Toledo versus Wyoming
North Carolina vs Arkansas
Duke vs. UCLA
Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Louisville vs. Michigan State
Texas vs. Washington
Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State
Pittsburgh versus Wisconsin
Baylor versus Florida
State of Florida vs. Oregon
Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
State of North Carolina vs. UCF
Guaranteed rate bowl
Texas Tech vs. Purdue
Tulane vs. Miami (FL)
First Responder Bowl
Marshall vs. Syracuse
Miami (OH) vs. Appalachian State
Quick Lane Bowl
Maryland vs Air Force
BYU vs. San Jose State
Cincinnati vs. Oregon State
East Carolina vs. UConn
Armed Forces Bowl
Kansas vs. Memphis
New Orleans bowl
Troy versus North Texas
Boca Raton bowl
Western Kentucky versus South Alabama
Famous potato bowl from Idaho
Eastern Michigan vs. Utah State
Myrtle Beach Bowl
Liberty versus Houston
UTSA vs. Fresno State
Las Vegas Bowl
Utah vs. Vanderbilt
Loan tree bowl
UAB vs. Louisiana
Boise State vs. Washington State
New Mexico bowl
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
North Carolina Central vs. Jackson State
Wake Forest vs. SMU
Ohio vs. Georgia Southern
State of Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green