Championship Weekend gave us some drama: No. 2 Auburn got rocked by No. 6 Georgia, and the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes held on to beat No. 4 Wisconsin.
Both those upsets have sent some of the bowl predictions from Friday back to the drawing board. Now, a handful of outlets have updated their bowl projections. Let’s take a look at them:
|Kyle Bonagura||Sugar||(No. 1) Clemson|
|David M. Hale||Sugar||(No. 1) Clemson|
Both of ESPN’s college football bowl projectors in Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale have the Buckeyes in over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
With the Bucks sliding into the No. 4 spot, they’ll face No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. On the other side of the playoff bracket, both analysts have Oklahoma-Georgia in the Rose Bowl.
While they both have the Scarlet and Gray in, neither believes OSU can beat Clemson. Bonagura has a Clemson-Oklahoma title game; Hale has Clemson-Georgia.
On Friday, both had Ohio State facing Southern California (USC) in the Fiesta Bowl. Now, they both have Wisconsin taking OSU’s place in Glendale, Ariz., against the Trojans.
|Jerry Palm||Sugar||(No. 1) Clemson|
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has the same matchups in the playoffs as ESPN’s duo.
On Friday, Palm had Ohio State in the Peach Bowl against Central Florida. With Auburn’s loss and OSU’s win, the roles have been reversed. Auburn is now slated to face the Knights in Atlanta.
|Jason Kirk||Fiesta||Southern Cal|
Even though Urban Meyer secured his second Big Ten Championship, Jason Kirk of SB Nation has the Buckeyes out of the playoff.
His playoff matchups are: Clemson-Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Oklahoma-Georgia in the Rose Bowl.
A reason for leaving the Bucks out of the semifinals are due in part to their losses to Oklahoma and Iowa.
In Kirk’s predictions, the Buckeyes are joined by Wisconsin and Penn State in New Year’s Six Bowls. Wisconsin is penciled into the Orange Bowl with Miami, while Penn State is penciled into the Cotton Bowl with Washington.
|Erick Smith||Fiesta||Southern Cal|
Like Kirk, the same matchups are listed by Erick Smith of USA Today.
Across those four outlets, there are five total predictions. Three of them have Ohio State in the playoff, while two have them out.
Time to ask y’all a question:
Should Ohio State be in the College Football Playoff?
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If you have an explanation for why you have OSU in the final field of four, break it down to us in the comments.