College football bowl projections for championship week: Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma still in Playoff hunt

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Conference championship week is here, and with that Sporting News has its final bowl projections for the 2019 college football season.

We have intriguing matchups heading into the final week. Utah is our pick to take the final College Football Playoff spot, facing Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. LSU and Clemson are in the other semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.

That said, Georgia, Oklahoma and even Baylor remain in the hunt heading into this final week, but for now we have those teams in the New Year’s Day 6.

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The 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year's semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.

Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here. Our projections heading into conference championship weekend of the college football season:

2019 college football bowl projections

Dec. 20

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Charlotte** vs. Buffalo**

Dec. 20

DXL Frisco Bowl

Western Michigan vs. Tulane

Dec. 21

New Mexico Bowl

Western Kentucky vs. Utah State

Dec. 21

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Georgia State vs. UCF

Dec. 21

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

FAU vs. Cincinnati

Dec. 21

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Toledo vs. Louisiana

Dec. 21

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State vs. Washington State

Dec. 21

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Dec. 23

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Southern Miss vs. SMU

Dec. 24

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl

BYU vs. Hawaii

Dec. 26

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Miami

Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Michigan State vs. North Carolina

Dec. 27

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Pitt* vs. Temple

Dec. 27

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Illinois vs. Florida State

Dec. 27

Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Boston College*

Dec. 27

SDCU Holiday Bowl

USC vs. Michigan

Dec. 27

Cheez-It Bowl

Nevada* vs. FIU*

Dec. 28

Camping World Bowl

Kansas State vs. Notre Dame

Dec. 30

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

Central Michigan* vs. Wyoming*

Dec. 30

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

UAB* vs. Louisville

Dec. 30

Redbox Bowl

Washington vs. Indiana

Dec. 31

Belk Bowl

Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech

Dec. 31

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Arizona State vs. Wake Forest

Dec. 31

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Iowa State vs. Mississippi State

Dec. 31

Valero Alamo Bowl

Cal vs. Texas

Dec. 31

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Air Force

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Auburn vs. Minnesota

Jan. 1

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Florida vs. Penn State

Jan. 2

Birmingham Bowl

Marshall* vs. Liberty*

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Bowl

Tennessee vs. Iowa

Jan. 3

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Kent State vs. San Diego State

Jan. 4

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Miami, Ohio* vs. Navy

Jan. 6

Mobile Alabama Bowl

Ohio vs. Georgia Southern

Dec. 23 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Southern Miss vs. SMU *No conference tie-in to bowl

College Football Playoff/New Year's Day 6 projections

Dec. 28

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Baylor vs. Memphis

Dec. 30

Capital One Orange Bowl

Virginia vs. Alabama

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Jan. 1

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. Oklahoma

Dec. 28

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Clemson vs. LSU

Dec. 28

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Ohio State vs. Utah

Jan. 13

College Football Playoff Championship

LSU vs. Ohio State

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