College Football Bowl Projections for Week 7: Brett McMurphy’s Predictions With Projected Spreads
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Week 7 College Football Bowl Projections
After weeks of constant taunting and ridicule — and that was from my immediate family and close friends — I have finally decided to no longer project two teams each from the SEC and Big Ten to make the College Football Playoff.
I’m still projecting SEC heavyweights Alabama and Georgia to both make the playoff — although the Crimson Tide must survive a trip to Rocky Top on Saturday. I’m just not as confident about two Big Ten teams making it. Ohio State, absolutely. Michigan, no.
Previously, I thought an 11-1 Michigan (with its only loss to Ohio State) would have a good chance for the No. 4 seed because the other power leagues would not provide an undefeated or one-loss conference champion. However, near the midpoint of the season, there are several legitimate possibilities for an undefeated or one-loss Power Five champ, including Clemson or NC State from the ACC; USC, UCLA or Oregon from the Pac-12; and TCU or Oklahoma State from the Big 12.
Right now, Clemson is my pick to join the three behemoths — Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State — in the College Football Playoff.
At this time, I am no longer projecting an all-SEC and Big Ten final four. Please respect my decision. I will have no further comment at this time. Well, until next week’s bowl projections.
Quick update from last week’s projections. The conflict between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Las Vegas Bowl I wrote about has been resolved, so the Las Vegas Bowl will be played as originally scheduled.
Here are my bowl projections, including the projected point spread based on Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson’s current college football betting power ratings.
CFP National Championship Prediction
College Football Playoff Semifinals Projections
New Year’s Six Bowl Games
Projections for All Other Bowls
* The highest-rated champion from the Group of Five conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl if it does not qualify for College Football Playoff.
**ESPN will create a bowl this fall to replace the San Francisco Bowl if it is not played.