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College football bowl projections for championship week: Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma still in Playoff hunt

Sporting News — (Bill Bender)

Conference championship week is here, and with that Sporting News has its final bowl projections for the 2019 college football season.

We have intriguing matchups heading into the final week. Utah is our pick to take the final College Football Playoff spot, facing Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. LSU and Clemson are in the other semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.

That said, Georgia, Oklahoma and even Baylor remain in the hunt heading into this final week, but for now we have those teams in the New Year’s Day 6.

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The 2019 college football 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.

Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here. Our projections heading into conference championship weekend of the college football season:

2019 college football bowl projections

Dec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlCharlotte** vs. Buffalo**
Dec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. Tulane
Dec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah State
Dec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlGeorgia State vs. UCF
Dec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. Cincinnati
Dec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlToledo vs. Louisiana
Dec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. Washington State
Dec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlLouisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlSouthern Miss vs. SMU
Dec. 24SoFi Hawai'i BowlBYU vs. Hawaii
Dec. 26Walk-On's Independence BowlTexas A&M vs. Miami
Dec. 26Quick Lane BowlMichigan State vs. North Carolina
Dec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanPitt* vs. Temple
Dec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlIllinois vs. Florida State
Dec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlOklahoma State vs. Boston College*
Dec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlUSC vs. Michigan
Dec. 27Cheez-It BowlNevada* vs. FIU*
Dec. 28Camping World BowlKansas State vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlCentral Michigan* vs. Wyoming*
Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlUAB* vs. Louisville
Dec. 30Redbox BowlWashington vs. Indiana
Dec. 31Belk BowlKentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlIowa State vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 31Valero Alamo BowlCal vs. Texas
Dec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air Force
Jan. 1Outback BowlAuburn vs. Minnesota
Jan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlFlorida vs. Penn State
Jan. 2Birmingham BowlMarshall* vs. Liberty*
Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTennessee vs. Iowa
Jan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlKent State vs. San Diego State
Jan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlMiami, Ohio* vs. Navy
Jan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlOhio vs. Georgia Southern
*No conference tie-in to bowl

College Football Playoff/New Year's Day 6 projections

Dec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlBaylor vs. Memphis
Dec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. Alabama
Jan. 1Rose BowlWisconsin vs. Oregon
Jan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlGeorgia vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 28PlayStation Fiesta BowlClemson vs. LSU
Dec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlOhio State vs. Utah
Jan. 13College Football Playoff ChampionshipLSU vs. Ohio State