College Football Bowl Predictions for Week 1: Brett McMurphy’s Projections With Projected Spreads

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Any hopes of my preseason bowl projections finishing a perfect 41-for-41 are officially over. It only took one week, and my quest for perfection was crushed as bad as Navy’s rush defense against Notre Dame.

Arizona State, which I projected last week in the Independence Bowl, self-imposed a one-year bowl ban Sunday. With the Sun Devils officially eliminated from bowl contention, this week’s bowl projections will look a little different.

Even though there were only seven FBS games last week, I made several changes this week to my Week 1 projections. The changes are based on last week’s results (goodbye, UTEP — for now) and I also revisited Action Network’s projected win totals by swapping in five new teams this week (hello, Missouri, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, Louisiana and South Florida).

Each projection includes the projected point spread for each bowl based on Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s updated college football betting power ratings.

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