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New bowl projections point to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff

Oklahoma, Georgia and Penn State, those are some of the teams the Buckeyes could be running up against in the latest edition of bowl projections.

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With the Ohio State Buckeyes rolling right into their bye week, they get to watch the chaos happen around them as Penn State-Michigan headline this week’s slate of games.

Last week, four upsets happened in the AP Poll Top 10. Those upsets drastically changed the bowl/playoff projections—as Ohio State was considered an outsider in most of the predictions heading into Week 7.

Now, with a fresh batch of predictions laid out, the Buckeyes are firmly in the playoff picture once again. Let’s take a look at where five different outlets (and their writers) have Ohio State headed to in the postseason.

CBS Sports

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jerry Palm Rose (No.3) Penn State

The regular season meeting hasn’t even happened yet, but Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has a Buckeye-Nittany Lion rematch. This scenario means that the Bucks toppled PSU at home on Oct. 28. While that would be very good, that means Penn State will be angry in the grudge match in Pasadena, Calif. I don’t like the idea of facing Saquon Barkley once, but having to face him twice(!!!), I’m not too big on that notion.

As an FYI: In the other semifinal, Palm has Alabama-Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, which would make for an absolutely smashing third leg of the trilogy between those two teams.

SB Nation

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jason Kirk Rose (No. 3) Oklahoma

Instead of Penn State, Jason Kirk has the Oklahoma Sooners playing in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

Like Palm, Kirk has the Buckeyes as the second best team at the end of the season—and he also Bama-Clemson in the other semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.

If this is what we end up getting, I feel like OSU would rout OU by at least three touchdowns. Yea, the Sooners have Baker Mayfield, but ever since Mayfield planted that flag in The ‘Shoe, this Ohio State team has played off-the-charts good. You have got to believe that if the Bucks got another crack at Mayfield and the Sooners, there’s no way they play like they did back in Week 2.

Mayfield woke the sleeping giant in Ohio State. How karmic would it be if OSU got the victory against Oklahoma at the Granddaddy of them All?

Sports Illustrated

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Eric Single Rose Oklahoma
Bruce Feldman Rose Georgia
Scooby Axson Sugar Alabama
Joan Nieson Rose Georgia
Andy Staples Cotton (I think) Oklahoma
Molly Geary Peach Oklahoma
Chris Johnson Fiesta (I think) Washington

At Sports Illustrated, the sentiment was with the majority of their writers: Ohio State is a playoff team at season’s end. Three of the seven writers had the Rose Bowl for OSU, while one (Scooby Axson) had the Sugar Bowl being where the Buckeyes would end up.

Bruce Feldman was the only one to put Ohio State in the National Championship Game. However, Feldman, and the rest of the writers, had Alabama winning the title one way or another.

Note: The reason why there’s an ‘I think’ next to two of the writers’ bowl projections is that Penn State is marked in both of their playoff and New Year’s Six bowl predictions. (So, I figured that they meant Ohio State was their New Year’s Six pick, not Penn State. If an update occurs, the table above will reflect that change.)

USA Today

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Erick Smith Peach Notre Dame

Last week, Erick Smith had Georgia playing Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. This week, he has the Bulldogs in the playoff—and the Buckeyes staying put.

While not a rematch, it’s a recent meeting, as just two seasons ago in the Fiesta Bowl was the last time the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes played on the same gridiron.


Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Kyle Bonagura Peach South Florida
David M. Hale Orange Miami (FL)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s what must be happening with the ESPN projections for Ohio State.

After chaos reigned supreme last week, the bowl projections stayed the same for the Buckeyes. Kyle Bonagura has a Peach Bowl for the Scarlet and Gray, while David Hale has an Orange Bowl meeting with The U.

My sentiment stays the same this week on a possible South Florida matchup: It would be bad for the Buckeyes. The Bucks would be huge favorites if that game happened, and anything less than a blowout would bring out the critics.

An Orange Bowl with the Hurricanes wouldn’t be too bad, though; I do like the notion of another meeting with Miami. (Especially if the outcome is Nebraska-esque with the Buckeyes walking out of the Sunshine State with a 56-14 win.)


Where do you think the Buckeyes are headed this postseason?

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  • 75%
    Rose Bowl Semifinal
    (502 votes)
  • 8%
    Sugar Bowl Semifinal
    (60 votes)
  • 11%
    Cotton, Peach, Fiesta or Orange Bowl
    (76 votes)
  • 4%
    Something Else
    (31 votes)
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