Jan. 1, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; A Orange Bowl logo is seen before a game between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Florida State Seminoles at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

College football bowl projections 2014: Sporting News releases latest update


The college football regular season is still just about two months away, but that never stops anyone from looking ahead much further than the late-August beginning. More specifically, it never stops anyone from making their projections as to which teams will face off in specific bowl games following the season.

There are more bowl games than ever before these days, which makes it a little more difficult to predict who will end up where.

Well, the folks at Sporting News on Monday took their best stab at it, and with that, here’s a look at their preseason college football bowl season projections, minus the College Football Playoff.

Bahamas Bowl: Tulsa vs. Ohio

Camellia Bowl: Louisiana-Monroe vs. Buffalo

Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo vs. Middle Tennessee

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. Texas-San Antonio

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana vs. Colorado State

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg: Houston vs. Western Kentucky

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: SMU vs. Rice

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State vs. Navy

Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Boston College

AdvoCare Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Kansas State

Fight Hunger Bowl: Minnesota vs. Washington

New Era Pinstripe Bowl:Iowa vs. Virginia Tech

Belk Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Clemson

Russell Athletic Bowl: Texas vs. North Carolina

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: West Virginia vs. Oregon State

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Tulane vs. Maryland

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Louisville

Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona State

National University Holiday Bowl: Michigan vs. USC

Duck Commander Independence Bowl: Syracuse vs. Mississippi State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Arizona vs. Georgia Tech

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Florida vs. TCU

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: South Carolina vs. Miami, Fla.

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech

Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Georgia

Birmingham Bowl: Tennessee vs. East Carolina

GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Bowling Green

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Marshall

Detroit Bowl: Indiana vs. Syracuse

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. LSU

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Michigan State vs. Auburn

Orange Bowl: Central Florida vs. Notre Dame

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Baylor

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic: UCLA vs. Ohio State

Okay, it’s still a little weird to see “Bahamas Bowl” right there at the top, however it’ll be rather intriguing to watch the inaugural version of that game play out.

Which of these match ups from the Sporting News do you agree with? Disagree with? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Tags: College Football

  • Cajunman

    Interesting predictions. For your pick in the New Orleans Bowl I assume your mean UL-L. There is no “Louisiana”. We are the “University of Louisiana at Lafayette”. We are sister schools with the University of Louisiana at Monroe, your pick for the Camellia Bowl. Except for the name thing it was a nice article. It is good to see more than two Sun Belt Conference teams in your projections although I am a bit surprised not to have seen South Alabama also going bowling. The Sun Belt Conference gets better every year and from top to bottom it is stronger this year than last. Can’t wait to start the season and I hope that you are correct and we go bowling in New Orleans for a fourth straight year.

    • Josh Richard

      you poor, pathetic, unfortunate soul. (that’s from Little Mermaid, my daughter’s favorite movie). To have nothing to do but troll sports boards. geaux away t-man

      • Cajunman

        Josh- What has you po’ed at me to the point that you are spouting Little Mermaid quotes? I re-read my post and the only thing I said wrong was that I hope the Cajun’s go back to the NOLA bowl- the truth is I hope we go to a better bowl and with Hud sticking around for at least another couple of years I think there is a pretty good chance of that. If a better bowl does not come along then I will be happy to be back in NO- had a great time last year following the game and hope to be off the boat this year so I can go in person.