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Athlon Releases Projections For 2021's Biggest Bowl Games

Alabama standout defender Christopher Allen against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: Master Teague III #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes pushes off Christopher Allen #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Soon, the College Football Playoff will likely feature 12 teams and take up more of the existing bowl calendar. That change, assuming it passes, will reportedly come in time for the 2023 season at the earliest.

That means we'll still have a pretty normal bowl season this fall, for better or worse. The four-team Playoff has taken a bit of the shine off of the normal bowls, something that an expansion may actually help. Still, a good bowl game between two fun teams is still must-see football.

In this year's college football preview, Athlon rolled out its projections for the entire bowl slate, from the Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl.

The playoff foursome they project is certainly realistic, if a bit chalky. Athlon has Clemson facing Oklahoma, a rematch of the 2015 semifinal at the Orange Bowl, in that exact same venue. On the other side, it projects a national title rematch at the Cotton Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama.

The rest of the projections feature some pretty intriguing 2021 bowl games. Here are some of the big matchups that Athlon picks, starting with the rest of the New Year's Six games:

Peach Bowl: North Carolina vs. Florida

Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Iowa State

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Fiesta Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Texas A&M


Gator Bowl: Miami vs. Ole Miss

Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU

Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. Missouri

Music City Bowl: Michigan vs. Tennessee

Holiday Bowl: Florida State vs. Washington

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas State vs. Nebraska

Cheez-It Bowl: Texas vs. Notre Dame

Throw out the record books when the Longhorns and Fighting Irish battle it out for All The Cheez-Its.

[Athlon via 247]