Projecting every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

  • Covers the Pac-12.
  • Joined ESPN in 2014.
  • Attended Washington State University.

  • Senior college football writer
  • Author of seven books on college football
  • Graduate of the University of Georgia

All eyes were on Penn State, but certainly not for the team’s successful 2020 season debut.

In the return of the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions fell to Indiana by one point, 36-35 in OT.

How did this upset and the rest of Week 8’s results shake up our bowl matchups?

Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura unveil their latest projections.

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff National Championship
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Jan. 11, ESPN

Bonagura: Clemson vs. Alabama
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Clemson vs. Georgia
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Bonagura: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Bonagura: Cincinnati vs. Florida
Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Georgia

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Bonagura: Oregon vs. BYU
Schlabach: Oregon vs. Michigan

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin
Schlabach: Miami vs. Wisconsin

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bonagura: Michigan vs. Auburn
Schlabach: Penn State vs. Florida

Outback Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bonagura: Indiana vs. LSU
Schlabach: Indiana vs. LSU

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Bonagura: North Carolina vs. South Carolina
Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Auburn

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Bonagura: Kansas State vs. USC
Schlabach: Kansas State vs. USC

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Bonagura: Utah vs. Missouri
Schlabach: California vs. Missouri

Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bonagura: Miami vs. Iowa State
Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Oklahoma

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Bonagura: Purdue vs. NC State
Schlabach: NC State vs. Nebraska

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston
Bonagura: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas
Schlabach: Texas vs. Arkansas

LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
Bonagura: Washington vs. Boise State
Schlabach: Arizona State vs. Boise State

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Bonagura: Penn State vs. Tennessee
Schlabach: Minnesota vs. Kentucky

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Bonagura: Texas vs. Kentucky
Schlabach: Iowa State vs. Tennessee

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York
Bonagura: Northwestern vs. Boston College
Schlabach: Iowa vs. Boston College

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
Bonagura: Cal vs. Virginia Tech
Schlabach: Wake Forest vs. Utah

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
Bonagura: West Virginia vs. Minnesota
Schlabach: West Virginia vs. Purdue

Fenway Bowl
Fenway Park, Boston
Bonagura: Wake Forest vs. Temple
Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Temple

Military Bowl
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Bonagura: Navy vs. Georgia Tech
Schlabach: Navy vs. Louisville

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Army
Schlabach: Washington vs. Army

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Bonagura: Baylor vs. Tulsa
Schlabach: Texas Tech vs. SMU

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit
Bonagura: Iowa vs. Central Michigan
Schlabach: Northwestern vs. Central Michigan

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Bonagura: Mississippi State vs. Memphis
Schlabach: Ole Miss vs. Memphis

Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Bonagura: Louisville vs. Ole Miss
Schlabach: Florida State vs. South Carolina

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Bonagura: Wyoming vs. Ball State
Schlabach: San Diego State vs. Buffalo

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Bonagura: Nevada vs. Western Michigan
Schlabach: Hawaii vs. BYU

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Bonagura: UAB vs. Louisiana
Schlabach: Louisiana vs. Louisiana Tech

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Bonagura: UCF vs. Liberty
Schlabach: UCF vs. Ohio

Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina
Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. Toledo

FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bonagura: Florida Atlantic vs. Troy
Schlabach: Arkansas State vs. FAU

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Gerald
J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
Bonagura: Pittsburgh vs. SMU
Schlabach: Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa

Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Bonagura: Houston vs. UTSA
Schlabach: Houston vs. UTSA

LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Bonagura: Marshall vs. Appalachian State
Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. UAB

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina
Bonagura: Charlotte vs. South Alabama
Schlabach: Coastal Carolina vs. Marshall

New Mexico Bowl
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bonagura: San Diego State vs. Louisiana Tech
Schlabach: Nevada vs. Liberty

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