College football Week 12 bowl projections: Tennessee-Georgia rematch in the works

The CFP committee is going to have an interesting debate for the final spot if the chalk holds for the next three weeks.

Which 40-point offense deserves the last playoff spot? No. 5 Tennessee is the answer, at least for now.

The Vols are back in the CFP in Sporting News Week 12 bowl projection. Tennessee leads the FBS with 47.4 points per game, and that will be part of the reason they are the most attractive one-loss team at the end of the deliberations.

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All four unbeaten teams have 40-point offenses, too. No. 1 Georgia (40.6), No. 2 Ohio State (46.8), No. 3 Michigan (41.4) and No. 4 TCU (40.5) can score. Two other one-loss contenders – No. 7 USC (42.4) and No. 13 North Carolina (40.1) fits that description, too.

If the debate comes down to Tennessee, the Michigan-Ohio State loser, USC and North Carolina, the team with the best offense will be a talking point. Right now, that’s the Vols.

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SN has the Bulldogs and Vols in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Ohio State and TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. No. 17 UCF and no. 19 Kansas State moved into our New Year’s Day Six picks.

The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Dec. 31 this season. Those semifinals will be played at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The College Football Playoff championship game is on Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Week 12 College Football Bowl Projections

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
December 16 Bahamas Bowl North Texas vs. Bowling Green
December 16 Cure Bowl South Alabama vs. Rice
December 17 Wasabi Fenway Bowl Houston vs. Louisville
December 17 New Mexico Bowl BYU vs. Air Force
December 17 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Boise State vs. Cincinnati
December 17 Lending Tree Bowl Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern
December 17 Las Vegas Bowl Washington State vs. Missouri
December 17 Frisco Bowl Middle Tennessee State vs. East Carolina
December 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl UAB vs. Troy
December 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ball State vs. Fresno State
December 20 Boca Raton Bowl Tulane vs. UTSA
December 21 New Orleans Bowl Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State
December 22 Armed Forces Bowl Texas Tech vs. Liberty
December 23 Independence Bowl Marshall* vs. UConn
December 23 Gasparilla Bowl Louisiana vs. San Diego State
December 24 Hawaii Bowl FAU vs. Wyoming
December 26 Quick Lane Bowl Ohio vs. Maryland
December 27 Camellia Bowl Toledo vs. Coastal Carolina
December 27 First Responder Bowl Duke vs. Oregon State
December 27 Birmingham Bowl Memphis vs. Michigan State*
December 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl Kansas vs. Wisconsin
December 28 Military Bowl Pitt vs. SMU
December 28 Liberty Bowl Baylor vs. South Carolina
December 28 Holiday Bowl UCLA vs. Wake Forest
December 28 Texas Bowl Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State
December 29 Pinstripe Bowl Iowa vs. NC State
December 29 Cheez-It Bowl Texas vs. Florida State
December 29 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Washington
December 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Minnesota vs. Notre Dame
December 30 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Oregon State vs. Syracuse
December 30 Gator Bowl Clemson vs. Florida
December 30 Arizona Bowl Eastern Michigan vs. San Diego State
December 31 Music City Bowl Illinois vs. Arkansas
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl Purdue vs. Kentucky
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl Penn State vs. Ole Miss

College football New Year’s Day Six picks

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
December 30 Capital One Orange Bowl North Carolina vs. Alabama
December 31 Allstate Sugar Bowl Kansas State vs. LSU
Jan. 2 Goodyear Cotton Bowl UCF vs. Utah
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl Game Michigan vs. USC
December 31 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (semifinal) Georgia vs. Tennessee
December 31 Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) Ohio State vs. TCU

College Football Playoff championship pick

DATE BOWL MATCHUP
Jan. 11 CFP championship game Ohio State vs. Georgia

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