2022 Week 6 Bowl Projections
A pretty normal week
For the most part, week six of the college football season went according to plan. However, one of our playoff teams got a big scare and now we have a new team in the selection committee games. Who is in and who is out? Let’s take a look at our projections for Week 6 of 2022. As always, if you want to see how things have changed since last week, click here. A * next to a team means a substitution for a league that does not have enough bowling eligible teams.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Dec. 31 – (1) Georgia vs. (4) Clemson – It took a while but Kirby Smart’s the team ultimately tied Auburn 42-13. As a result, they remain in first place.
Clemson used tremendous defensive effort in a 31-3 win over Boston College. At this point, it seems obvious that At Dabo Swinney’s club will win the ACC and retain a playoff berth.
Vrbo Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 31 – (2) Ohio State vs. (3) Alabama – Without Bryce Young the Crimson Tide needed a fourth quarter goal line to beat Texas A&M. They go to Tennessee in what is probably the biggest game of the weekend.
Behind Heisman Trophy contender CJ Stroud, who threw for six touchdowns, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 49-20. The gap between numbers 1 and 2 is extremely slim right now and another mediocre performance from Georgia and we’ll be pulling the trigger.
College Football Playoff – Jan. 9 – (1) – Georgia vs. (2) Ohio State – If this confrontation is true, it is only the second meeting of all time between the two schools. Georgia won the 1993 Citrus Bowl 21-14.
Selection Committee Games
Orange Bowl – December 30 – ACC vs. SEC/Big 10/Notre Dame
North Carolina State vs. Penn State- Led 17-3 and without an injured quarterback Devin Leary the Wolfpack beat Florida State 16-0 to earn a 19-17 win. The Nittany Lions had a week off before heading to Michigan on Saturday.
Sugar Bowl – December 31 – SEC vs. Big 12
Tennessee vs. Oklahoma State- Aside from Ohio State, no one is playing better than the Volunteers right now. Hendon Hooker and the company led LSU out of “Death Valley” on Saturday 40-13.
The Cowboys followed up their victory over Baylor with a 41-31 victory over Texas Tech. They are undoubtedly the favorites to travel to New Orleans as a representative of the Big 12.
Cotton Bowl – January 2 – At Large vs. At Large
Cincinnati vs. Oregon– Once again, we went back and forth between Coastal Carolina and Cincinnati. However, we stuck with the Bearcats from the start and they make us look good.
The Ducks replace Utah and get the nod over UCLA. These two meet in Eugene on October 22, and the winner gets the inside lane to play “Jerry World.”
Rose Bowl – January 2 – Big 10 vs. Pac 12
Michigan vs. USC- by Jim Harbaugh The club beat Indiana 21-0 in the second half for a 31-10 win. The Trojans looked very impressive as they beat Washington State 30-14. This is the first meeting between the two schools since the 2007 Rose Bowl.
Continuing with our Week 6 of 2022 bowl projections, we head to the matches usually played on New Year’s Day. As we like to point out every week, these games have been moved so they don’t compete with the NFL. Also note, the Outback Bowl is no more, it is now the ReliaQuest Bowl.
Games around the new year
Citrus Bowl – Jan. 2 – Big 10 vs. SEC – Illinois against Ole Miss- The Fighting Illini beat Iowa in one of the ugliest games you’ve ever seen. Because they run the Big 10 West, we directed them to Orlando. Lane Kiffin’s The team found themselves at 10 against Vanderbilt before beating them 35-8 on their way to a 52-28 victory.
ReliaQuest Bowl – January 2 – Big 10/ACC vs SEC- Kentucky vs. Minnesota- After Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, you could take the remaining 10 Big 10 teams and pull them out of a hat. This week we are sending the Golden Gophers to Tampa.
Even after their terrible loss to South Carolina, we’re keeping the Wildcats in Tampa. The two schools have never met on the grill.
Duke’s Mayo Bowl – December 30 – ACC vs. Big 10 – Duke against Purdue
Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl – Dec. 30 – ACC vs. Pac 12- Florida State vs. Oregon State
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl- December 30 – Big 10 vs. SEC – Florida vs. Notre Dame
Arizona Bowl – December 30 – Mountain West vs. Mid-American – Boise State vs. Toledo
Music City Bowl – Dec. 31 – Big 10 vs. SEC – Arkansas vs. Maryland
Games after Christmas
Quick Lane Bowl – December 26–Big 10 vs. Mid-American- Michigan Central vs. Michigan State
Birmingham Bowl – December 27 – Pool vs. ACC/SEC – Iowa State vs. South Carolina
Camellia Bowl – December 27– Pool vs. Pool – Liberty vs. Troy
First Responder Bowl – December 27 – Big 10 vs. Pool – Oklahoma against Iowa- A few weeks ago, the Sooners knocked on the playoff door. Now, following three consecutive defeats, they have dropped considerably.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl – Dec. 27 – Big 12 vs. Big 10 – Indiana vs. Texas technology
Military Bowl – December 28 – ACC vs. American – Central Florida against Miami (Florida)
Liberty Bowl – Dec. 28 – Big 12 vs. SEC – LSU vs. TCU
Holiday Bowl – Dec. 28 – ACC vs. Pac 12 – Utah vs. Wake Forest- The Demon Deacons had a good time with Army. Following their loss to UCLA, we are moving the Utes to the game in San Diego.
Texas Bowl – Dec. 28 – SEC vs. Big 12 – Kansas vs. Texas A&M
Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 29 – ACC vs. Big 10 – North Carolina vs. Wisconsin
Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 29 – ACC vs. Big 12 – Baylor vs. Pittsburgh
Alamo Bowl – December 29 – Big 12 vs. Pac 12 – Texas against UCLA- As we mentioned earlier, we considered placing the undefeated Bruins in the Cotton Bowl. However, for now, they are heading to San Antonio.
As we go through the latest rounds of games from our Week 6 of 2022 screenings, you’ll find Coastal Carolina. They are definitely a team to watch for the rest of the season.
Games around Christmas
Myrtle Beach Bowl – December 19 – Pool vs. Pool – Coastal Carolina vs. Western Kentucky
Idaho Potato Bowl – December 20 – Mid-American vs. Mountain West –
Ball State vs. Wyoming
Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 20 – Pool vs. Pool – Miami (Ohio) vs. Rice
New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 21 – Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Louisiana vs. UAB
Armed Forces Bowl – December 22 – American vs. Pool – BYU vs. Houston
Independence Bowl – December 23 – American vs. Army – Army vs. Tulane- At this point, it’s hard to see Army winning six games. However, with their APR, if they get five, they will still head to Shreveport.
Gasparilla Bowl – December 23 – ACC/SEC vs. Pool
Southern Alabama vs. Rutgers* – With no ACC or SEC team available, we send the Scarlet Knights to Tampa.
Hawai’i Bowl – Dec. 24 – Mountain West vs. Conference USA
San Jose State vs. Texas-San Antonio
It’s time to wrap up our Week 6 of 2022 screenings with the massive start-of-season slate of fixtures. Of course, that includes seven games on December 17 alone.
First games of the weekend
Bahamas Bowl – December 16 – Conference USA vs Mid-American – UTEP against West Michigan
Cure Bowl – Dec. 16 – Pool vs. Pool – Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee
Fenway Bowl – December 17 – ACC vs. American – Memphis vs. Syracuse
Frisco Bowl – December 17 – Pool vs. Pool – Nevada vs. Tulsa
Celebration Bowl – December 17 – MEAC vs. SWAC – Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
New Mexico Bowl- December 17- Conference USA vs Mountain West- Air Force vs. North Texas
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl– Dec. 17 – Mountain West vs. Pac-12- Fresno State vs. Washington State
Lending Tree Bowl – December 17 – Pool vs. Sun Belt – Appalachian State vs. Kent State
Las Vegas Bowl – Dec. 17 – SEC vs. Pac-12 – Mississippi State against washington
Final word on Sports Bowl – Date TBD – James Madison vs. UNLV – If the San Francisco Bowl cannot be played this year, ESPN has the right to create a new game to replace it. Since it has no sponsor, can we suggest Last Word On Sports?
Thanks for checking out our Week 6 of 2022 screenings here at Final Word on College Football. We’ll be there next week and every week until the full schedule is announced in December.