At roughly the midpoint of the college football season—though so much can and will change in the next two months—we've already seen enough games to make some concrete judgments.
Nonconference play, for the most part, is a thing of the past. Teams are starting to square-off with evenly matched foes on a weekly basis, giving fans a better sense of how good each program is.
With so much football ahead of us, there's no reason to take bowl projections all that seriously. They provide a meaningful draft of the postseason, but not a final copy.
Still, there's no shame in looking ahead to what the bowls might have in store.