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College football bowl projections after Week 5

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  • Kyle Bonagura
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    ESPN Staff Writer
    • Covers the Pac-12.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Attended Washington State University.
  • Mitch Sherman
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    ESPN Staff Writer
    • Nebraska/Big Ten/Recruiting reporter.
    • Joined ESPN in 2011.
    • Graduated from the University of Nebraska.

Can Kyler Murray and Oklahoma stay in the playoff race? One of our bowl experts thinks so. Check out our bowl projections after Week 5.

All times Eastern.

College Football Playoff schedule

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Dec. 29, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Sherman: Alabama vs. Notre Dame


College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Dec. 29, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Sherman: Ohio State vs. Clemson


College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Jan. 7, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Sherman: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Bowl schedule

New Mexico Bowl

Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dec. 15, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: UNLV vs. UAB

Sherman: Utah State vs. Cal


AutoNation Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Bonagura: Georgia Southern vs. Tulane

Sherman: Troy vs. Houston


Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Boise State

Sherman: Colorado vs. Fresno State


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Troy vs. Buffalo

Sherman: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Dec. 15, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech

Sherman: UAB vs. Appalachian State


Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium

Boca Raton, Florida


Dec. 18, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: FIU vs. Southern Miss

Sherman: FAU vs. Buffalo


DXL Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Dec. 19, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan

Sherman: Cincinnati vs. Akron


Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Dec. 20, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: FAU vs. Cincinnati

Sherman: Tulane vs. Middle Tennessee


Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Marshall vs. Akron

Sherman: Toledo vs. Marshall


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Dec. 21, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Nevada vs. Ohio

Sherman: Boise State vs. Western Michigan


Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Dec. 22, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: South Carolina vs. USF

Sherman: Memphis vs. Vanderbilt


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: San Diego State vs. Cal

Sherman: Army vs. Iowa State


Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Appalachian State vs. Toledo

Sherman: Arkansas State vs. Eastern Michigan


Hawai’i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Dec. 22, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Hawai’i vs. BYU

Sherman: Hawai’i vs. Louisiana Tech


SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Cotton Bowl, Dallas

Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Eastern Michigan vs. North Texas

Sherman: Utah vs. North Texas


Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit

Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Wake Forest vs. Indiana

Sherman: Indiana vs. Wake Forest


Cheez-It Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix

Dec. 26, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Utah vs. Fresno State

Sherman: Arizona State vs. Nevada


Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Army vs. Virginia

Sherman: Virginia vs. FIU


New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, New York

Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: NC State vs. Minnesota

Sherman: Maryland vs. Syracuse


Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston

Dec. 27, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech

Sherman: South Carolina vs. Texas Tech


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Mississippi State vs. Syracuse

Sherman: Missouri vs. Virginia Tech


Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Dec. 28, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Miami vs. Texas

Sherman: TCU vs. Duke


NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Bonagura: Coastal Carolina vs. Utah State

Sherman: San Diego State vs. Coastal Carolina


Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Oregon vs. Oklahoma State

Sherman: Texas vs. Oregon


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Dec. 29, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Sherman: Miami vs. Georgia


Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dec. 29, noon (ABC)

Bonagura: Houston vs. Duke

Sherman: Auburn vs. NC State


Redbox Bowl

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Dec. 31, 3 p.m. (Fox)

Bonagura: USC vs. Maryland

Sherman: Iowa vs. Washington State


Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Dec. 31, noon (ESPN)

Bonagura: Boston College vs. Memphis

Sherman: BYU vs. USF


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Missouri vs. TCU

Sherman: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State


San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego

Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Bonagura: Colorado vs. Iowa

Sherman: Michigan vs. Stanford


TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Florida vs. Michigan State

Sherman: Minnesota vs. Mississippi State


Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

Dec. 31, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Bonagura: Washington State vs. Virginia Tech

Sherman: Boston College vs. USC


Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)

Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin

Sherman: Michigan State vs. Kentucky


Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Bonagura: Auburn vs. Michigan

Sherman: Wisconsin vs. Florida


PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: UCF vs. Stanford

Sherman: UCF vs. West Virginia


Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Penn State vs. Washington

Sherman: Penn State vs. Washington


Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Bonagura: Georgia vs. West Virginia

Sherman: Oklahoma vs. LSU

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