Bowl Projections 2022-23: Predictions for Top Teams Ahead of Final CFP Poll Reveal

Joe TanseyDecember 4, 2022

Bowl Projections 2022-23: Predictions for Top Teams Ahead of Final CFP Poll Reveal

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Nyland Green #1 and Chaz Chambliss #32 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate a stop during a game between LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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    The College Football Playoff selection committee had a great idea of which four teams would land in the playoff bracket going into conference championship weekend.

    But then everything changed when USC Trojans and TCU Horned Frogs lost in their respective title games.

    The Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan Wolverines restored order to the Top Four by closing out championship weekend with wins and, in the process, locking down the top two seeds in the playoff bracket.

    We know Georgia will be the top seed and play a de facto home game at the Peach Bowl inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on New Year's Eve and that Michigan will be the No. 2 seed and is likely headed for the Fiesta Bowl.

    TCU is likely still in the playoff because it only suffered one loss and that occurred in the Big 12 Championship Game.

    USC is in trouble because it now has two losses to the same team, the Utah Utes.

    The selection committee may be more inclined to move the Ohio State Buckeyes up from No. 5 to replace USC.

    If that happens, the committee then has to figure out where to rank TCU and Ohio State. A jump from No. 5 to No. 3 for the Buckeyes would set up a rivalry rematch with Michigan.

Bowl Projections

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 03: TCU Horned Frogs running back Kendre Miller (33) carries the ball during the Big 12 Championship game between TCU and Kansas State on December 3, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    College Football Playoff

    Peach Bowl (Dec. 31): Georgia vs. Ohio State

    Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 31): Michigan vs. TCU


    New Year's Six

    Orange Bowl (Dec. 30): Clemson vs. Tennessee

    Sugar Bowl (Dec. 31): Alabama vs. Kansas State

    Cotton Bowl (Jan. 2): USC vs. Tulane

    Rose Bowl (Jan. 2): Penn State vs. Utah

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Kendall Milton #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs tries to evade Mekhi Garner #2 of the LSU Tigers during a game between LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 3, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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    As much as everyone would love to see the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry in the playoff, there is a strong case to rank the Buckeyes below TCU.

    Ohio State sat out conference championship weekend because it was blown out in the fourth quarter by Michigan in its regular-season finale.

    The Buckeyes only had one loss, but it was a bad one and cost them the chance to play for their own playoff life. However, that's still one less than two-loss USC, which failed in both of its chances to beat Utah.

    A potential Peach Bowl matchup with Georgia would be fascinating for the Buckeyes.

    Some people thought that would end up being the title-game matchup with the way both teams were trending earlier in the season

    C.J. Stroud and his collection of star wideouts, like Marvin Harrison Jr., could pose a tough matchup to the Georgia defense.

    Georgia would still be the favored side because it has been the most consistent team all season. The Bulldogs added to their resume with a 50-point showing in the SEC Championship Game.

    The reigning national champion could play with Ohio State in a shootout, but it would love for its defense to grind the game to a halt and finish something like 20-17.

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 04: Donovan Edwards #7 of the Michigan Wolverines holds the MVP trophy following the game against the Purdue Boilermakers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 4, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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    TCU has a case to stay at No. 3 because it was competitive until the end of the Big 12 Championship Game.

    Max Duggan pulled the Horned Frogs back into the contest on his own and forced overtime. Kansas State got a fourth-down stop in overtime and kicked a field goal to win the game.

    TCU’s 12-1 mark and its play Saturday might convince the committee to keep it above Ohio State.

    The case against Michigan playing the Buckeyes again is that we have already seen that matchup and how it played out.

    Yes, the rematch would draw massive ratings and could be a fantastic playoff game, but Michigan’s rout at Ohio Stadium just two weeks earlier could be a factor in setting the matchups.

    Michigan could be headed for a title-game clash with Georgia regardless of who it plays if it continues to put up a ton of points.

    J.J. McCarthy has come to life at quarterback in the last two weeks and that could lead to Michigan producing another high total against TCU or Ohio State.

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