Week 9 College Football Bowl Projections: Brett McMurphy’s Predictions with Projected Spreads

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College Football Bowl Projections for Week 9

In a college football season that has already had a record number of losses by Associated Press Top 25 teams, another rarity is a very real possibility this year.

LSU, Miami, Nebraska and USC — four of the biggest names in the sport that have combined for 11 national titles in the past 38 years — could all miss out on a bowl game. If so, it would mark the first time since 1960 that all four schools did not play in a bowl game in the same season.

Regarding schools that will go bowling this year, there are already 30 bowl-eligible teams so far with 82 teams needed to fill the bowls.

My College Football Playoff semifinal projections remain the same from last week: Alabama vs. Ohio State and Georgia vs. Oklahoma.

The projections for the remaining New Year’s Six bowls: Sugar: Kentucky vs. Iowa State; Rose: Oregon vs. Michigan; Peach: Pitt vs. Notre Dame and Fiesta: Ole Miss vs. Cincinnati.

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

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

College Football Betting Power Ratings

Updated College Football Bowl Game Predictions

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College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, Jan. 10 ⋅ Indianapolis, IN

Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia

Action Spread: Georgia -3.5

College Football Playoff Semifinals

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Capital One Orange Bowl

Friday, Dec. 31 ⋅ Miami Gardens, FL

Projection: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia

Action Spread: Georgia – 12.5

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Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Friday, Dec. 31 ⋅ Arlington, TX

Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State

Action Spread: Alabama -3.5

New Year's Six Bowls

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Allstate Sugar Bowl

Saturday, Jan. 1 ⋅ New Orleans, LA

Projection: Iowa State vs. Kentucky

Action Spread: Iowa State -3

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Rose Bowl

Saturday, Jan. 1 ⋅ Pasadena, CA

Projection: Michigan vs. Oregon

Action Spread: Michigan -1.5

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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, Jan. 1 ⋅ Glendale, AZ

Projection: Ole Miss vs. Cincinnati*

Action Spread: Cincinnati -2

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Thursday, Dec. 30 ⋅ Atlanta, GA

Projection: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

Action Spread: Pitt -0.5

Other Bowls

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Texas Bowl

Tuesday, Jan. 4 ⋅ Houston, TX

Projection: Texas vs. Mississippi State

Action Spread: Texas -6.5

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Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Saturday, Jan. 1 ⋅ Orlando, FL

Projection: Iowa vs. Texas A&M

Action Spread: Texas A&M -1.5

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Outback Bowl

Saturday, Jan. 1 ⋅ Tampa, FL

Projection: Michigan State vs. Arkansas

Action Spread: Arkansas -2.5

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Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

Friday, Dec. 31 ⋅ Tucson, AZ

Projection: Kent State vs. Fresno State

Action Spread: Fresno State -10.5

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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Friday, Dec. 31 ⋅ Jacksonville, FL

Projection: Virginia vs. Auburn

Action Spread: Auburn -8

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Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Friday, Dec. 31 ⋅ El Paso, TX

Projection: Clemson vs. Utah

Action Spread: Utah -3.5

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TransPerfect Music City Bowl

Thursday, Dec. 30 ⋅ Nashville, TN

Projection: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Action Spread: Wisconsin -0.5

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Duke's Mayo Bowl

Thursday, Dec. 30 ⋅ Charlotte, NC

Projection: North Carolina vs. Florida

Action Spread: Florida -4.5

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Las Vegas Bowl

Thursday, Dec. 30 ⋅ Las Vegas, NV

Projection: Penn State vs. Arizona State

Action Spread: Penn State -0.5

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Valero Alamo Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 29 ⋅ San Antonio, TX

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State

Action Spread: Oklahoma State -2.5

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Cheez-It Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 29 ⋅ Orlando, FL

Projection: Wake Forest vs. Baylor

Action Spread: Pick'em

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New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 29 ⋅ Bronx, NY

Projection: Louisville vs. Minnesota

Action Spread: Minnesota -0.5

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Fenway Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 29 ⋅ Boston, MA

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. SMU

Action Spread: SMU -5.5

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SDCCU Holiday Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 28 ⋅ San Diego, CA

Projection: NC State vs. UCLA

Action Spread: NC State -1.5

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Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 28 ⋅ Phoenix, AZ

Projection: Maryland vs. Kansas State

Action Spread: Pick'em

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 28 ⋅ Memphis, TN

Projection: Texas Tech vs. LSU

Action Spread: LSU -3

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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 28 ⋅ Dallas, TX

Projection: Purdue vs. Syracuse

Action Spread: Purdue -1

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TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 28 ⋅ Birmingham, AL

Projection: Appalachian State vs. UAB

Action Spread: Appalachian State -10

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Military Bowl

Monday, Dec. 27 ⋅ Annapolis, MD

Projection: Boston College vs. Houston

Action Spread: Houston -2.5

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Quick Lane Bowl

Monday, Dec. 27 ⋅ Detroit, MI

Projection: Rutgers vs. Northern Illinois

Action Spread: Rutgers -8

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Camellia Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 25 ⋅ Montgomery, AL

Projection: Central Michigan vs. UL-Monroe

Action Spread: Central Michigan -10

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EasyPost Hawaii Bowl

Friday, Dec. 24 ⋅ Honolulu, HI

Projection: Utah State vs. UCF

Action Spread: UCF -13.5

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Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl

Thursday, Dec. 23 ⋅ Tampa, FL

Projection: Miami vs. Liberty

Action Spread: Miami -1.5

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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Wednesday, Dec. 22 ⋅ Fort Worth, TX

Projection: Air Force vs. Tulsa

Action Spread: Air Force -5.5

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 21 ⋅ Frisco, TX

Projection: Army vs. Nevada

Action Spread: Nevada -4.5

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 21 ⋅ Boise, ID

Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Boise State

Action Spread: Boise State -11

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Myrtle Beach Bowl

Monday, Dec. 20 ⋅ Myrtle Beach, SC

Projection: Coastal Carolina vs. Western Kentucky

Action Spread: Coastal Carolina -10

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R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ New Orleans, LA

Projection: UTSA vs. Louisiana

Action Spread: Louisiana -3

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Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ Inglewood, CA

Projection: Stanford vs. San Diego State

Action Spread: Pick'em

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Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ Shreveport, LA

Projection: BYU vs. Marshall

Action Spread: BYU -3

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LendingTree Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ Mobile, AL

Projection: Troy vs. Western Michigan

Action Spread: Western Michigan -1.5

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New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ Albuquerque, NM

Projection: San Jose State vs. UTEP

Action Spread: San Jose State -4.5

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RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 18 ⋅ Boca Raton, FL

Projection: Memphis vs. Middle Tennessee

Action Spread: Memphis -10

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Cure Bowl

Friday, Dec. 17 ⋅ Orlando, FL

Projection: Charlotte vs. Buffalo

Action Spread: Pick'em

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Bahamas Bowl

Friday, Dec. 17 ⋅ Nassau, Bahamas

Projection: Florida Atlantic vs. Miami (OH)

Action Spread: Florida Atlantic -6

* 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 Fiesta Bowl.

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