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College Bowl Projections

While most football fans are focused on the start of the college football season, some intrepid members of the media have already penned their bowl projections.

How much of a crapshoot is picking the postseason destination for 82 universities before the first snap?

Well historically the accuracy of the preseason picks has ranged between 12 and 17%.

Here are the links to this year’s way too early projections for all the games and noting their Valero Alamo Bowl Projections:

ESPN: Texas vs. Washington

Athlon Sports: Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State

College Football News: Oklahoma State vs. Utah

CBS Sports: Texas vs. USC

Pro Football Network: Texas vs. Arizona State

247 Sports: West Virginia vs. Utah

Valero Alamo Bowl Selection Rights
The Valero Alamo Bowl has the #1 selection from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences after the CFP. For their at-large selections, the CFP bowls select by final ranking so that has allowed teams as high as #10 to be on the board when the Valero Alamo Bowl selects.

These rights have allowed the Valero Alamo Bowl to select these matchups in the CFP era:

  • Jan. 2, 2015:  #14 UCLA 40 vs. #11 Kansas State 35
  • Jan. 2, 2016:  #11 TCU 47 vs. #15 Oregon 41 (3OT)
  • Dec. 29, 2016: #12 Oklahoma State vs. #10 Colorado 8
  • Dec. 28, 2017:  #15 TCU 39 vs. #13 Stanford 37
  • Dec. 28, 2018:  #14 Washington State 28 vs. #24 Iowa State 26
  • Dec. 31, 2019: Texas 38 vs. #11 Utah 10
  • Dec. 29, 2020: #20 Texas 55 vs. Colorado 23

Our 2021 matchup is expected to be announced by 3 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 5.

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