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Bowl Projections
Tony Mejia projects the College Football Playoff each week, including the Championship Game. Be sure to follow VegasInsider.com on Twitter @TwitVI to receive daily updates from Tony Mejia.

Along with his playoff picks, Mejia also forecasts the four bowls that will also be picked by the selection committee. Included below are his conference rankings and weekly Top 25 poll as well.

National Championship Game
VS
Florida State vs. Alabama
Nick Saban vs. Jameis Winston in college football's dream matchup -- a Southern Super Bowl.
Sugar Bowl, Semifinal 1 vs. 4
VS
Alabama vs. Oklahoma
In this scenario, the Iron Bowl winner ascends to No. 1 ahead of the defending champs, drawing the Big 12's best.
Rose Bowl, Semifinal 2 vs. 3
VS
Florida State vs. Oregon
An undefeated SEC champion rightfully rewarded with a top seed would likely deliver this bonus gift, a showdown between the country's top two QB prospects and likely Heisman finalists.
Orange Bowl
VS
Auburn vs. Notre Dame
At least a trip to Miami is a nice consolation prize for the losers of the Iron Bowl, giving Brian Kelly and the Irish another crack at the SEC.
Fiesta Bowl
VS
Georgia vs. Wisconsin
Think people would tune in for a showdown between elite tailbacks Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon?
Cotton Bowl
VS
LSU vs. Baylor
Art Briles would love to be in a playoff semifinal, but beating other state schools that could be in this mix would be another win for Waco. This would also be a great landing spot for Les Miles' young Tigers.
Peach Bowl
VS
UCLA vs. Texas A&M
Spread overload and likely a worn out scoreboard awaits if Todd Hundley and Kenny Hill duel in Atlanta.
Conference Rankings

Way to go, Texas. On the cusp of winning the day since Oklahoma was stomping out Tennessee and West Virginia squeaked past Maryland, the Longhorns failed to hold up at home against UCLA despite Heisman Trophy hopeful Brett Hundley getting knocked out early. In spite of rival Southern California's loss at Boston College, the Bruins hanging on in Austin was enough to hang on to the No. 2 spot in these rankings. East Carolina taking down Virginia Tech, Cincinnati routing Toledo and UCF hanging at Missouri for three quarters is enough to leapfrog a disappointing Mountain West, whose best result was probably Nevada's near-miss at Arizona.

1) SEC
2) Pac-12
3) Big 12
4) ACC
5) Big Ten
6) American Athletic
7) Mountain West
8) MAC
9) Conference USA
10) Sun Belt


Top 25 - Rankings
Rank Prev School Record Betting Notes Future Odds
1 1 Oregon 3-0 Beat Wyoming 48-14 -
2 2 Florida State 2-0 Idle -
3 3 Alabama 3-0 Beat Southern Miss 52-12 -
4 4 Auburn 2-0 Idle -
5 5 Oklahoma 3-0 Beat Tennessee 34-10 -
6 7 Baylor 3-0 Won at Buffalo 63-21 -
7 8 LSU 3-0 Beat Louisiana-Monroe 31-0 -
8 10 UCLA 3-0 Won at Texas 20-17 -
9 11 Ole Miss 3-0 Beat Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15 -
10 12 Texas A&M 3-0 Beat Rice 38-10 -
11 13 Arizona State 3-0 Won at Colorado 38-24 -
12 15 Notre Dame 3-0 Beat Purdue 30-14 -
13 22 South Carolina 2-1 Beat Georgia 38-35 -
14 14 Kansas State 2-0 Idle -
15 6 Georgia 1-1 Lost at South Carolina 38-35 -
16 20 BYU 3-0 Beat Houston 33-25 -
17 17 Wisconsin 1-1 Idle -
18 9 USC 2-1 Lost at Boston College 37-31 -
19 18 Stanford 2-1 Beat Army 35-0 -
20 19 Michigan State 1-1 Idle -
21 23 Mississippi State 3-0 Won at South Alabama 35-3 -
22 24 Ohio State 2-1 Beat Kent State 66-0 -
23 25 Florida 2-0 Beat Kentucky 36-30 -
24 NR Washington 3-0 Beat Illinois 44-19 -
25 NR Nebraska 3-0 Won at Fresno State 55-19 -

Dropped out: Louisville (16), Virginia Tech (21)

On the cusp: Penn State, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Arizona, Marshall, Utah, Louisville, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Cincinnati

  
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