Bowl projections: How top-three losses affect the College Football Playoff

No. 1 Georgia and No.3 Notre Dame lost on Saturday, which will obviously cause a shakeup in the College Football Playoff Rankings this coming week. That is a problem for another day. Today’s problem is the CFP bowl projections and the New Year’s Six games.

As it turns out, that is not much of a problem at all.  The only teams that lost unexpectedly this week among the 12 projected to be in the New Year’s Six were Washington and Virginia Tech.  They have been replaced by Penn State and Auburn. The top four College Football Playoff semifinalists remain the same from my projections a week ago.

2018 College Football Playoff

Jan. 8

National Championship
Atlanta

8 p.m.
ESPN

Title game Semifinal winners

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl
Pasadena, Calif.

5 p.m.
ESPN

Semifinal

(2) Clemson vs. (3) Oklahoma

Jan. 1

Sugar Bowl
New Orleans

8:45 p.m.
ESPN

Semifinal

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Wisconsin

Selection committee bowl games

Jan. 1

Peach
Atlanta

12:30 p.m.
ESPN

At-large vs. At-large

Auburn vs. UCF

Dec. 30

Fiesta
Glendale, Ariz.

4 p.m.
ESPN

At-large vs. At-large

USC vs. TCU

Dec. 30

Orange
Miami

8 p.m.
ESPN

ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND

Miami vs. Georgia

Dec. 29

Cotton
Arlington, Texas

8:30 p.m.
ESPN

At-large vs. At-large

Penn State vs. Notre Dame

One thing this week’s results did accomplish was clearing out the race for the four spots in the College Football Playoff.  For the three remaining…

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