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After beating Wisconsin, Ohio State’s bowl projections point to Sugar Bowl Semifinal matchup with Clemson

However, there is still some belief that Alabama is going to find a way into the last playoff spot instead.

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Ohio State vs Wisconsin Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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:


Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
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.

CBS Sports

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
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.

SB Nation

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
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.

USA Today

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
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:


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