College Football Bowl Predictions

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 09: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers passes during the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
LSU v Alabama | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Bowl season might be a little over a month away, but there are just two weeks remaining in the 2019 college football season.

Therefore, it's appropriate to start making projections on how the playoff pairings and bowl games might look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee rendezvous in December.

With the Week 13 rankings set to drop on Tuesday night, let's dive into what programs we will see featured in the Playoff and New Year's Six slate.

6. Cotton Bowl: Oregon vs Penn State

EUGENE, OREGON - NOVEMBER 16: Travis Dye #26 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with teammates after running for a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats during their game at Autzen Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Arizona v Oregon | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Everybody kind of wrote off Oregon after their opening weekend loss to Auburn. Since then, however, Mario Cristobal's side has rattled off nine consecutive victories. In our eyes, they'll fall just short of being named to the Playoff and will land a date with Penn State, who should be content with a Cotton Bowl nod if they (competitively) come up short versus Ohio State.

5. Orange Bowl: Florida vs Cincinnati

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Vanderbilt v Florida | Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Don't fool yourselves, folks, the committee LOVES a good strength of schedule, and the Gators have endured exactly that in 2019. They defeated a good Auburn side and fell just short of toppling Georgia and LSU. That'll see Florida play in the Orange Bowl versus a Cincinnati team that's riding an eight-game win streak. Their showdown against Memphis to close out the campaign will prove pivotal in their chances to play on New Year's, but we predict the Bearcats to come out on top in that contest.

4. Rose Bowl: Minnesota vs Utah

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 02: The Utah Utes celebrate after defeating the Washington Huskies 33-28 during their game at Husky Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Utah v Washington | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Utah has an outside shot of making it to the Playoff, but their strength of schedule will ultimately be their downfall and see them slated in the Rose Bowl. Minnesota's undefeated run surprisingly came to an end this past weekend in an upset against Iowa. However, the committee will reward their efforts with a spot in one of CFB's most iconic bowl games, especially if they knock off Wisconsin to close out the year.

3. Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs Oklahoma

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9:   Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the field watching his team warm up before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 38-7.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Alabama v Mississippi State | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, Tua Tagovailoa's devastating hip injury will be enough to see them fall short of the Playoff. Oklahoma's historic comeback win over Baylor last weekend will not be enough to convince the committee that they are deserving of a spot in the Playoff, even if they win the Big 12 Championship. That loss against Kansas State will loom too large.

2. Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs Georgia

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI - NOVEMBER 16: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws the ball during a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
LSU v Mississippi | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It kills us to have to choose between LSU and Ohio State for the No. 1 spot, but ultimately the Tigers have been more deserving with wins over Texas, Florida, Auburn and Alabama. Joe Burrow and Co. will link up against Georgia, who have bounced back from their humiliating loss against South Carolina with wins against Florida and Auburn. Expect Kirby Smart's team to continue to roll right into a semifinal berth against Ed Orgeron and LSU.

1. Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs Clemson

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 16:  K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is congratulated by teammates Justin Fields #1 and Branden Bowen #76 after Hill scored a touchdown in the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ohio State v Rutgers | Elsa/Getty Images

It goes without saying that this the most intriguing matchup of the bunch, right? Barring an unprecedented turn of events, Ohio State and Clemson will be ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the final rankings. So long as they don't slip up in the final week of the regular season and in their respective conference championships, these two CFB powerhouses are destined to meet in the Peach Bowl with a chance to advance to the National Championship game.