ESPN bowl projections after Week 7, Buckeyes back in CFP

Week 7 was a wild one in college football and that affected the way some of the new bowl projections turned out. Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy took a look at some of the results from the weekend and produced some pretty interesting predictions for the bowl games starting in late December.

The College Football Playoff was the main attraction, as it will be in most bowl projections. Last week, neither Schlabach or McMurphy picked the Ohio State Buckeyes to make it back to the CFP this year, but that changed with one of the analysts this week.

Schlabach picked Ohio State and Utah to play each other in the Cotton Bowl, while McMurphy has Baylor and Stanford. In the Orange Bowl, Schlabach has Alabama and Baylor, while McMurphy has Michigan State and Clemson.

Both have a pair of 2014 bowl rematches in the national championship game with Schlabach picking Ohio State and Alabama to play each other and McMurphy having Baylor and Michigan State playing each other.

Both agree that Memphis will be the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six bowl, with both picking the Tigers to make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. They also both agree that Notre Dame will make the Fiesta Bowl.

McMurphy has the Buckeyes being subjected to the Rose Bowl against Utah, which is coincidentally Schlabach’s matchup in the CFP.

One of the most entertaining bowls from the 2014 season was the inaugural Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl. McMurphy has Louisiana Tech facing Northern Illinois, while Schlabach has Bowling Green facing Marshall. Both of those matchups would be very entertaining to watch, but I think it will be difficult to live up to Central Michigan’s classic comeback against Western Kentucky.

You can view the entire list of bowl projections here.

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