Monday, August 6, 2018

A Way Too Early Look at College Football Bowl Games

College football teams reported to training camp this week which means it's not too early to start talking about bowl games. As with the case over the last four seasons, the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings will advance to two semifinal bowl games with the winners advancing to the national championship game the following week. The 2018 semifinals will be held at the Orange Bowl (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fl.) and the Cotton Bowl (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Tx.) with the winners meeting at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Photo Credit: Ted Gangi (CollegePressBox)
North Carolina teams competed in four different bowls, winning all four. Sun Belt co-champion Appalachian State shut out the MAC's Toledo 34-0 in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Duke also defeated a MAC opponent, Northern Illinois, in Detroit's Quick Lane Bowl by a score of 36-14. The Belk Bowl was a shootout between Wake Forest and Texas A&M with the Demon Deacons prevailing 5-52. The NC State Wolfpack wrapped up bowl action for NC teams with a 52-31 win over Arizona State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Photo Credit: Ted Gangi (CollegePressBox)
Each conference has specific bowl tie-ins. Teams from North Carolina compete in four different conferences, the ACC, American, Conference USA, and the Sun Belt. The highest-ranked Group of Five (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) team in the College Football Playoff rankings will automatically be placed in one of the New Year's Six Bowls. Bowl matchups will be released on Selection Sunday in December. Teams gain eligibility if they finish their season with a non-losing record. If not enough teams qualify, the following criteria are used.

1. Teams finishing 6-6 with one win against an FCS team
2. 6-6 teams with two wins over FCS schools
3. Teams that finish 6-7 a loss in their conference championship game
4. 6-7 teams that normally play a 13-team schedule
5. FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process
6. 5-7 teams that have in order of their Academic Progress Rate (APR) score

2018 College Football Bowl Schedule

DateBowlConference Partners
Sat, Dec 15Gildan New Mexico BowlMountain West/Conference USA
AutoNation Cure BowlAmerican/Sun Belt
Las Vegas BowlMountain West/Pac-12
Raycom Media Camellia BowlMAC/Sun Belt
R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlSun Belt/Conference USA
Tue, Dec 18Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlAmerican/Conference USA
Wed, Dec 19Frisco BowlAmerican/At-Large
Thu, Dec 20Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlAmerican/ACC or Conference USA
Fri, Dec 21Bahamas BowlMAC/Conference USA
Famous Idaho Potato BowlMountain West/MAC
Sat, Dec 22Birmingham BowlSEC/American
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlBig 12/American
Dollar General BowlMAC/Sun Belt
Hawai'I BowlMountain West/Conference USA
Wed, Dec 26Heart of Dallas BowlBig Ten/Conference USA
Quick Lane BowlACC or Notre Dame/Big Ten
Cactus BowlBig 12/Pac-12
Thu, Dec 27Walk-On's Independence BowlACC or Notre Dame/SEC
New Era Pinstripe BowlACC or Notre Dame/Big Ten
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas BowlBig 12/SEC
Fri, Dec 28Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlACC or Big Ten/SEC
Camping World BowlACC or Notre Dame/Big 12
NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlMountain West/Sun Belt
Valero Alamo BowlBig 12/Pac-12
Sat, Dec 29Chick-fil-A Peach BowlAt-Large/At-Large [New Year's Six]
Belk BowlACC or Notre Dame/SEC
Capital One Orange BowlCFP Semifinal [New Year's Six]
Goodyear Cotton BowlCFP Semifinal [New Year's Six]
Mon, Dec 31Military Bowl Presented by Northwest GrummanACC or Notre Dame/American
San Francisco BowlPac-12/Big 10
Hyundai Sun BowlACC or Notre Dame/Pac-12
AutoZone Liberty BowlBig 12/SEC
SDCCU Holiday BowlBig Ten/Pac-12
TaxSlayer Gator BowlACC or Big Ten or Notre Dame/SEC
Tue, Jan 1Outback BowlBig Ten/SEC
Citrus BowlBig Ten/SEC
PlayStation Fiesta BowlAt-Large/At-Large [New Year's Six]
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwest MutualBig Ten/Pac-12 [New Year's Six]
Allstate Sugar BowlBig 12/SEC [New Year's Six]
Mon, Jan 7CFP National Championship Presented by AT&TSemifinal Winners