6 Games That Will Shape Syracuse Football's New Year's Six Bowl Picture

West Virginia QB Will GrierWest Virginia QB Will GrierCharlie Neibergall/Associated Press

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Dec. 29): UCF vs. LSU

Both teams had an open date for Week 9, so nothing new to report here. It was a much-needed one for UCF, though, as it gave McKenzie Milton some extra time to recover from the ankle injury that kept him out of the previous game against East Carolina. As long as he's close to 100 percent, the Knights should have no problem running the table.

Though they didn't play, LSU and UCF were the most intriguing teams heading into the unveiling of the first CFP Top 25. Even with a loss, the Tigers reasonably could have been the No. 1 team given the difficulty of their schedule. And after debuting at No. 18 before climbing to No. 12 last year, the Knights' starting spot in the eyes of the committee was an important one.

                                                         

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1): Oklahoma vs. Georgia

Oklahoma and Georgia were excellent on defense in convincing wins this week. The Bulldogs forced three Florida turnovers and limited the Gators to 275 total yards. Meanwhile, Oklahoma held Kansas State to 245 yards. It was the Sooners' second consecutive game keeping an opponent below 300 yardsa massive improvement from allowing nearly 1,000 combined yards against Baylor and Texas.

Both of these teams remain very much in the hunt for a spot in the playoff, but a rematch of last year's double-overtime classic in the Rose Bowl would be a fun consolation prize if these projections hold true.

                                                      

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1): Michigan vs. Washington State

Michigan had Saturday off, but Washington State picked up another key win over a ranked opponent, this time by a 41-38 margin at No. 24 Stanford. The Cougars are now 7-1 for the second straight season and are all but officially the Pac-12's only remaining hope for the playoff.

Though they have a pulse, it's a faint one. This is clearly the weakest of the Power Five conferences, and Washington State played quite the unimpressive nonconference schedule (Wyoming, San Jose State and Eastern Washington). It would take serious chaos for the Cougs to play for a national championship. But it's looking more and more likely that they'll play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 2002 season.

                                                                

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1): Kentucky vs. West Virginia

This was projected to be Florida vs. Texas one week ago, but it's a brand new SEC-Big 12 clash following uninspiring losses by the Gators and Longhorns.

West Virginia made one heck of an impression by blowing out Baylor on Thursday. The Mountaineers had lost (in ugly fashion) to Iowa State in their previous game and looked rather irritated that those of us in the national media spent the past two weeks talking as though Oklahoma and Texas are the only candidates to win the Big 12. With games remaining against Texas (this week), Oklahoma (regular-season finale) and a possible rematch with one of them in the Big 12 championship game, Will Grier and Co. could still sneak into the playoff picture.

Kentucky's win over Missouri wasn't anywhere near as easy on the eyes, but it did keep the Wildcats in the hunt in advance of next week's humongous home game against Georgia. If they can pull off that upset, they'll win the SEC East and remain on the short list of viable candidates for the playoff. But even if they get smoked by the Bulldogs, the Wildcats should be able to win their last three games to finish 10-2. That ought to be enough for a NY6 bowl.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2803200-college-football-playoff-projections-week-10-rankings-and-bowl-forecast

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