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Bowl Projections: Updated postseason outlook with extra bowl game headed into conference championship weekend

Chandler Vessels12/03/21
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After the announcement Thursday that the FBS will add a 42nd bowl game to the 2021 postseason, CBS Sports expert Jerry Palm provided an update to his bowl projections. Conference championship weekend kicks off Friday, with many teams looking to punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff.

A date has not been released for the new game, and all we know about the location is that it will somewhere in Texas. As such, Palm has aptly labeled it as the “Mystery Meat” bowl in his projections.

Oregon and Utah are set to kick off conference championship weekend with the Pac-12 title game at 8 p.m. ET on Friday in Las Vegas. The real sweating then begins Saturday with Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan and Oklahoma State all vying for their Playoff lives.

Below is the full update on Jerry Palm’s bowl projections.

College Football Playoff

Cotton Bowl: Michigan Wolverines vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

Orange Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Selection Committee Bowl Games

Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Baylor Bears

Rose Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oregon Ducks

Fiesta Bowl: Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Other Bowl Games

Texas Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Citrus Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Outback Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Arizona Bowl: Nevada Wolfpack vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

Sun Bowl: Miami Hurricanes vs. Washington State Cougars

Gator Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Music City Bowl: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Virginia Cavaliers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Utah Utes

Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville Cardinals vs. Maryland Terrapins

Fenway Bowl: Boston College Eagles vs. Houston Cougars

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Holiday Bowl: NC State Wolfpack vs. UCLA Bruins

Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Auburn Tigers

First Responder Bowl: Utah State Aggies vs. Army Black Knights

Birmingham Bowl: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. LSU Tigers

Military Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. East Carolina Pirates

Quick Lane Bowl: Missouri Tigers vs. Western Michigan Broncos

Camellia Bowl: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Memphis Tigers

Gasparilla Bowl: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Armed Forces Bowl: SMU Mustangs vs. Air Force Falcons

Frisco Bowl: North Texas Mean Green vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Idaho Potato Bowl: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Boise State Broncos

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Liberty Flames vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

New Orleans Bowl: UTSA Roadrunners vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Los Angeles Bowl: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Oregon State Beavers

LendingTree Bowl: Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Georgia State Panthers

Independence Bowl: UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State Bulldogs vs. UTEP Miners

Boca Raton Bowl: Florida Gators vs. UCF Knights

Cure Bowl: Ball State Cardinals vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. Toledo Rockets

Mystery Meat Bowl: Wyoming Cowboys vs. Miami (OH) Redhawks