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Ohio State’s Bowl Projections heading into Week 5 of the college football season

A few outlets have the Buckeyes heading back to Miami.

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While we’re gearing up for Week 5 of the college football season, it’s never too early to look at (or stress about) the bowl predictions.

Since we’re an Ohio State website, it makes total sense for us to look at where the Buckeyes may or may not be heading after the regular season ends.

We’ll take a look at five different outlets and their bowl projections after the fourth week of the season, and see who they have Urban Meyer’s squad going up against.

(Spoiler: None of these predictions have the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff. Penn State or Wisconsin seem to be the early Big Ten favorites for the CFP, depending on the outlet.)

Sports Illustrated

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Eric Single Orange Virginia Tech

Keeping up with another edition of Big Ten/ACC clashes in the Orange Bowl, Eric Single of SI has the Hokies facing the Buckeyes down in Miami.

Good news though: The last time the Scarlet and Gray lost in the Orange Bowl, they followed that up with a national championship run.

CBS Sports

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jerry Palm Orange Louisville

Another Orange Bowl prediction for OSU. This time, it’s the Louisville Cardinals as the opponent. This would be an intriguing contest, as quarterback Lamar Jackson could cause the same problems to the Buckeye secondary as Baker Mayfield caused earlier in September.

USA Today

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Erick Smith Orange Miami (FL)

Sigh.

A trifecta of Orange Bowl predictions. This time, it’s (in the voice of the great Keith Jackson) Myyyy-am-ee.

While it’s no Fiesta Bowl with a championship on the line, it should be a good contest—even if there isn’t a defensive holding call at the tail end of the game.

SB Nation

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jason Kirk Peach Georgia

While it may not be for the national title, SB Nation’s own Jason Kirk has Ohio State playing Georgia in the Peach Bowl. It may be a home game for the Bulldogs, but the same could be said for Alabama when they played in the Sugar Bowl—and lost to the Buckeyes.

ESPN

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Kyle Bonagura Cotton Georgia
David M. Hale Fiesta Washington

The folks at the worldwide leader have the Buckeyes going either to the Cotton Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl. If it’s the Fiesta Bowl, it would be the third straight year Meyer has taken his program to the desert.

(If you’re a traveling Buckeye fan, it might almost be worth buying a timeshare out in the Phoenix/Glendale area.)