2018 College Football Bowl Projections after Championship Weekend

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The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.

Now the debate begins.

Who’s in the College Football Playoff? And once that’s taken care of, where is everybody else going bowling?

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and take a look at the postseason picture — figuring out which teams wind up in certain bowl games prior to the official announcement. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 15th:

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Bowl Teams
Orange Bowl No. 1 Alabama* No. 4 Oklahoma*
Cotton Bowl No. 2 Clemson* No. 3 Notre Dame*

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl Michigan* Florida*
Fiesta Bowl UCF* LSU*
Rose Bowl Ohio State* Washington*
Sugar Bowl Texas* Georgia*

2018 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl Utah State North Texas
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette* Tulane
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State Fresno State
Camellia Bowl Georgia Southern Buffalo
New Orleans Bowl Appalachian State* UAB
Boca Raton Bowl BYU Middle Tennessee
Frisco Bowl Eastern Michigan Memphis
Gasparilla Bowl Wake Forest USF
Bahamas Bowl Toledo* FIU*
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio Nevada
Birmingham Bowl Duke Cincinnati
Armed Forces Bowl TCU Houston
Dollar General Bowl Troy Northern Illinois
Hawaii Bowl Hawaii* Louisiana Tech*
First Responder Bowl Marshall Western Michigan
Quick Lane Bowl Boston College Minnesota
Cheez-It Bowl Cal Boise State
Independence Bowl Georgia Tech Army
Pinstripe Bowl Miami Purdue
Texas Bowl Oklahoma State Auburn
Music City Bowl Wisconsin Missouri
Camping World Bowl Syracuse Iowa State
Alamo Bowl Washington State West Virginia
Belk Bowl Virginia South Carolina
Arizona Bowl Arkansas State* San Diego State
Military Bowl Virginia Tech Temple
Sun Bowl Pitt Utah
Redbox Bowl Stanford Michigan State
Liberty Bowl Baylor Vanderbilt
Holiday Bowl Oregon Iowa
Gator Bowl Texas A&M N.C. State
Outback Bowl Mississippi State Northwestern
Citrus Bowl Kentucky Penn State

+ Southern Miss, Miami (OH), Wyoming and UL-Monroe also qualified for a bowl but were not selected

* Already accepted bowl bid

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.