Bowl projection favorites emerge

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The start of the 2015 college football season might still be nearly four months away, but it's never too early to project how things might shake out.

Each of the first bowl projections for 2015 have the same three teams playing in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl: defending national champion Ohio State, TCU and Auburn. The fourth teams were different with Brett McMurphy choosing USC to win the Pac-12 title and Mark Schlabach choosing Oregon.

A year ago, McMurphy correctly picked three of the four teams who played in the inaugural College Football Playoff (Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon), while Schlabach correctly picked two (Alabama and Florida State).

Here are the first bowl projections for 2015:

Arizona Bowl (pending NCAA approval)

Mark Schlabach: Old Dominion vs. Wyoming
Brett McMurphy: Air Force vs. UTEP

Austin Bowl (pending NCAA approval)

MS: SMU vs. Arkansas State
BM: Temple vs. Texas State

Cure Bowl

MS: East Carolina vs. Appalachian State
BM: East Carolina vs. Appalachian State

R+L Carriers New Orleans

MS: Air Force vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
BM: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

MS: Louisiana Tech vs. New Mexico
BM: Louisiana Tech vs. Wyoming

Royal Purple Las Vegas

MS: Washington vs. Utah State
BM: Stanford vs. Boise State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

MS: Bowling Green vs. San Jose State
BM: Central Michigan vs. Fresno State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

MS: Akron vs. South Alabama
BM: Western Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

Miami Beach Bowl

MS: UCF vs. Middle Tennessee
BM: UCF vs. Western Kentucky

Boca Raton Bowl

MS: Memphis vs. Western Michigan
BM: Tulane vs. Toledo

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

MS: San Diego State vs. Ball State
BM: San Diego State vs. North Carolina

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

MS: Marshall vs. Toledo
BM: Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green

Hawaii Bowl

MS: Houston vs. BYU
BM: Houston vs. BYU

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

MS: Texas Tech vs. Rice
BM: Rutgers vs. Rice

Quick Lane Bowl

MS: Duke vs. Maryland
BM: Pitt vs. Indiana

St. Petersburg Bowl

MS: Cincinnati vs. Western Kentucky
BM: Cincinnati vs. Marshall

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

MS: North Carolina vs. Navy
BM: NC State vs. Navy

Independence Bowl

MS: Miami vs. Florida
BM: Duke vs. Florida

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

MS: NC State vs. Minnesota
BM: Miami vs. Iowa

National University Holiday Bowl

MS: UCLA vs. Michigan
BM: UCLA vs. Penn State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

MS: Kansas State vs. Mississippi State
BM: Kansas State vs. Arkansas

Russell Athletic Bowl

MS: Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State
BM: Florida State vs. Texas

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

MS: Texas vs. Texas A&M
BM: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

MS: Louisville vs. Ole Miss
BM: Michigan vs. Mississippi State

Belk Bowl

MS: Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
BM: Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee

Foster Farms Bowl

MS: Iowa vs. Arizona State
BM: Minnesota vs. Arizona State

Outback Bowl

MS: Tennessee vs. Wisconsin
BM: Missouri vs. Nebraska

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

MS: Rutgers vs. Colorado State
BM: Maryland vs. New Mexico

Cactus Bowl

MS: West Virginia vs. Utah
BM: West Virginia vs. Washington

Birmingham Bowl

MS: South Carolina vs. Temple
BM: South Carolina vs. Memphis

GoDaddy Bowl

MS: Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Southern
BM: Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State

Hyundai Sun Bowl

MS: Florida State vs. Arizona
BM: Virginia Tech vs. Utah

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

MS: Clemson vs. Alabama
BM: Clemson vs. Georgia

VIZIO Fiesta Bowl

MS: Boise State vs. Notre Dame
BM: Utah State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual

MS: Michigan State vs. USC
BM: Michigan State vs. Oregon

Allstate Sugar Bowl

MS: Georgia vs. Baylor
BM: Alabama vs. Baylor

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

MS: Penn State vs. LSU
BM: Wisconsin vs. LSU

TaxSlayer Bowl

MS: Arkansas vs. Nebraska
BM: Ole Miss vs. Louisville

Valero Alamo Bowl

MS: Oklahoma vs. Stanford
BM: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

MS: TCU vs. Oregon

Capital One Orange Bowl

MS: Ohio State vs. Auburn
BM: Ohio State vs. Auburn

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

MS: Ohio State vs. TCU
BM: Auburn vs. TCU