Let's go bowling!
Too soon, you say? Just because we're still about four months from the start of the 2014 college football season doesn't mean we can't start speculating on who might face whom in the 5,000—actually, it's only 39, but that's still three more than last year—bowl games set for late December and early January.
There were odds on who would win this upcoming season's national title available within hours of Florida State's victory over Auburn, so there's really no such thing as a prediction that's too early.
Nevertheless, our predictions for who will play in (and win) each of the 2014-15 bowl games must be taken with a few grains of salt.
First, we're still not entirely sure how the College Football Playoff selection committee is going to go about picking which four teams will get into the playoffs and which eight will get slotted into the other four bowls in the CFP rotation. Those participants will create a domino effect and thus will have an impact on nearly every bowl pairing on the schedule.
And second, as last year showed us, just because a bowl has affiliations with one or more conferences, doesn't mean that's something that will be set in stone. Some leagues (ahem, Big Ten) may not qualify enough teams to meet its commitments, while some bowls may trade tie-ins to ensure more marketable matchups.
There's also the fact that early predictions are destined to be way off, thanks to the uncertainty of sports. No one had the likes of Auburn, Central Florida and Duke among the top teams in the country at this point in 2013, and the odds are that similar surprise teams will pop up this fall.
Take a look at Bleacher Report's post-spring football predictions for the 39 bowls, including who will tussle in the first-ever playoffs. Then make sure to give us your guesses in the comments section.
(NOTE: Bowls are listed in alphabetical order, except for the six games associated with the College Football Playoff, which are listed last.)