College football bowl projections for Week 7: Cincinnati, Ohio State move into playoff

Sporting News will have bowl projections each week from now until the CFP Selection Show on Dec. 5.

Bowl season returns in 2021-22 with a schedule that includes 42 bowl games between FBS teams. This year’s College Football Playoff championship game is Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The semifinals are Dec. 31 at the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

These projections are for how we think the rest of the regular season will play out. 

For now, Alabama is out of the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide could work their way back, of course, but that would require winning out and beating Georgia in the SEC championship game. We project the Dawgs as the SEC champs. 

In the Big Ten, we like Ohio State. Sure, Iowa is ranked No. 2 and unbeaten. But we believe the Buckeyes will win the Big Ten championship game in Indy and slide into the CFP again. 

All of this, of course, benefits Cincinnati, which needs help to break into the field. The Alabama loss was a start. 

SN has projections for all 42 bowl games here, and they will be updated throughout the season:

College football bowl projections for Week 7 

*Denotes not tied to bowl game

College Football New Year’s Six projections

College Football Playoff championship projection

Source: Read Full Article