Despite a couple of close calls, there are no changes to the College Football Playoff projections or the New Year’s Six games this week.
Clemson is on the brink of being knocked out of these projections, though. After struggling to score against Auburn last week, you would have thought the Tigers would get healthy against Troy in their home opener. That didn’t happen. Clemson did prevail, but only by a score of 30-24. If the Tigers can’t tighten things up soon, they will be out of these projections by Oct. 1, when they host Louisville, which is off to a fantastic start.
Georgia also got a scare at home this week. The Bulldogs are projected to the Cotton Bowl as part of the New Year’s Six, but Nicholls almost derailed those dreams. Georgia looked pretty good against North Carolina in Week 1 but had a big letdown this week in a 26-24 win. The Bulldogs start conference play in a couple of weeks at Ole Miss and then they get Tennessee at home. They could also be done by Oct. 1.
It was a bad week for possible CFP and New Year’s Six contenders from the Big 12. TCU was the only AP Top 25 team favored by less than 11 points this week, but it lost at home to Arkansas in overtime. Oklahoma State was victimized by a huge mistake made by the MAC officiating crew and the Big 12 replay officials, which allowed an untimed Hail Mary hook-and-ladder touchdown in a 30-27 loss to Central Michigan.
Here are a couple of changes to the bowl projections following an exciting Week 2.
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||Jacksonville, Fla.||North Carolina vs. Texas A&M|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Florida|
Even though it was a slow week on the calendar, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have upsets. Three FCS schools won this week, including Illinois State defeating Northwestern 9-7 on a last-second field goal. The Wildcats are now 0-2 and have dropped out of the bowl projections.
That means the projections are four teams short of filling 80 spots with eligible teams. South Carolina joins Boston College, Kansas State and Missouri as teams projected to have 5-7 records that will earn spots in bowls anyway.
Check out Jerry Palm’s complete bowl projections by clicking here.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Bowl projections: Week 2 puts the Big 12, Clemson and Georgia on the brink