College football Week 9 bowl projections: Ohio State vs. Alabama in title game (for now)

first_imgSporting News’ Week 9 bowl projections are here, and for the first time this season it looks like Alabama-Clemson V is on hold.We moved Ohio State into the College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama, which would be an incredible rematch from the 2015 Sugar Bowl. It’s not a bad pick, considering their respective point differentials through seven games. Ohio State (plus-292) and Alabama (plus-225) have the best marks in that statistic among the eight remaining unbeatens in the Power 5. Of course, Tua Tagovailoa’s health will be a major factor over the next few weeks. Clemson and Oklahoma are the other two semifinalists, and Penn State, Virginia and SMU moved into our New Year’s Day 6 projections this week. Wisconsin, North Carolina and Boise State dropped out.MORE: Week 9 Playoff pictureThe 2019 college postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28. The first College Football Playoff Rankings will be released on Nov. 5. Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here, and they will be updated each week during the college football season. Our projections heading into Week 8 of the college football season:Week 9 college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlBall State vs. North TexasDec. 20DXL Frisco BowlEastern Michigan vs. UCFDec. 21Gildan New Mexico BowlLouisiana Tech vs. San Diego StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlUL-Monroe vs. TempleDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. CincinnatiDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlToledo vs. TroyDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. USCDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Appalachian StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlUAB vs. TulaneDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU vs. Fresno StateDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlStanford* vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlIndiana vs. LouisvilleDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanArmy* vs. MemphisDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlMichigan State vs. North CarolinaDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlWest Virginia vs. Mississippi StateDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlArizona State vs. IowaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlWashington State vs. TCUDec. 28Camping World BowlOklahoma State vs. N.C. StateDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlKansas State vs. Virginia Tech*Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlCal* vs. PittDec. 30Redbox BowlArizona vs. NebraskaDec. 31Belk BowlTennessee vs. Florida StateDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlWashington vs. Wake ForestDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlIowa State vs. South CarolinaDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlUtah vs. TexasDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlLouisiana vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlAuburn vs. MinnesotaJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlFlorida vs. WisconsinJan. 2Birmingham BowlBoston College* vs. Liberty*Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTexas A&M vs. MichiganJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. Utah StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlMarshall* vs. NavyJan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlOhio vs. Georgia State*No conference tie-in to bowlMORE: Ranking one-loss contendersCollege Football Playoff/New Year’s Day Six projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlNotre Dame vs. SMUDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. GeorgiaJan. 1Rose BowlOregon vs. Penn StateJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlLSU vs. BaylorDec. 28PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (semifinal)Clemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (semifinal)Alabama vs. OklahomaCollege Football Playoff championship projectionJan. 13College Football Playoff championshipOhio State vs. Alabamalast_img

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