College football preseason bowl projections

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Even though the season doesn't really get started until Thursday, it's never too early to start making bowl predictions. Where will your favorite team be playing in December -- or January, if you're lucky? Let's find out.

All times Eastern.

College Football Playoff schedule

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Dec. 29, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Clemson vs. Washington
Sherman: Alabama vs. Wisconsin

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Dec. 29, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Sherman: Clemson vs. Washington

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Jan. 7, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Clemson
Sherman: Clemson vs. Wisconsin

Bowl schedule

New Mexico Bowl

Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec. 15, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Army vs. Utah State
Sherman: Wyoming vs. Middle Tennessee

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Bonagura: Navy vs. Arkansas State
Sherman: Navy vs. Coastal Carolina

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Bonagura: San Diego State vs. UCLA
Sherman: Colorado vs. Fresno State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Northern Illinois vs. Troy
Sherman: Troy vs. Buffalo

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Dec. 15, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: UAB vs. Appalachian State
Sherman: FIU vs. Appalachian State

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, Florida

Dec. 18, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: FAU vs. Ohio
Sherman: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Dec. 19, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Temple vs. Louisiana Tech
Sherman: Temple vs. Western Michigan

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Dec. 20, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Houston vs. Wake Forest
Sherman: Houston vs. UAB

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Southern Miss vs. Western Michigan
Sherman: FAU vs. Miami (Ohio)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Dec. 21, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Toledo vs. Fresno State
Sherman: San Diego State vs. Toledo

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Dec. 22, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: Tennessee vs. UCF
Sherman: Tennessee vs. UCF

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: USF vs. Kansas State
Sherman: Kansas State vs. Memphis

Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Miami (Ohio) vs. Georgia Southern
Sherman: Arkansas State vs. Ohio

Hawai'i Bowl

Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Dec. 22, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Middle Tennessee vs. Wyoming
Sherman: Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Marshall vs. Buffalo
Sherman: Indiana vs. Southern Miss

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit
Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Georgia Tech vs. Purdue
Sherman: North Carolina vs. Purdue

Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix
Dec. 26, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Iowa State vs. California
Sherman: TCU vs. Washington State

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Duke vs. Arkansas
Sherman: Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, New York
Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Louisville vs. Nebraska
Sherman: Miami vs. Nebraska

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston
Dec. 27, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M
Sherman: Iowa State vs. South Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: NC State vs. Missouri
Sherman: Duke vs. Florida

Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Dec. 28, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Miami vs. TCU
Sherman: Boston College vs. Texas

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Bonagura: UNLV vs. UL Monroe
Sherman: UNLV vs. Georgia Southern

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford
Sherman: West Virginia vs. Arizona

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Dec. 29, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Penn State
Sherman: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec. 29, noon (ABC)

Bonagura: Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina
Sherman: Florida State vs. Mississippi State

San Francisco Bowl

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Dec. 31, 3 p.m. (Fox)

Bonagura: Minnesota vs. Oregon
Sherman: Iowa vs. California

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Dec. 31, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: Boston College vs. Memphis
Sherman: Virginia Tech vs. USF

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: West Virginia vs. LSU
Sherman: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Bonagura: Iowa vs. Arizona
Sherman: Northwestern vs. Oregon

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Northwestern vs. Florida
Sherman: Missouri vs. Minnesota

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
Dec. 31, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Bonagura: Florida State vs. Utah
Sherman: Louisville vs. Utah

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)

Bonagura: Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Sherman: Michigan State vs. LSU

Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Jan. 1. 1 p.m. (ABC)

Bonagura: Michigan State vs. Auburn
Sherman: Penn State vs. Auburn

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Boise State vs. Wisconsin
Sherman: Boise State vs. Stanford

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Ohio State vs. USC
Sherman: Michigan vs. USC

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Georgia vs. Texas
Sherman: Oklahoma vs. Georgia