The Forgotten 5 Are Going Bowling – Here’s Where I Think They’ll Go; Yeah, I Predicted Power 5 Too Because Whatever

Bowl season is almost here everyone, you know what that means, bowl projections. Everyone loves looking at tie-ins and choosing what four-win teams are capable of winning out to just sneak into a bowl. No? Only me? Ok then.

I think this is a given at this point, but UCF is the Forgotten 5’s representative in the New Year Six Bowls. The Knights have put some space between them and every other F5 team. Putting up nearly 50 points each game and only giving up 20, is more than impressive. I have them facing off with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl, a home game for the Dawgs.

Another match-up that I really would like to see is the St. Petersburg Bowl with USF and the Fighting Lane Kiffin’s of FAU. One team on the rise in Florida and all of the F5 and the other has everyone catching up to them and UCF. These two high powered offenses would be amazing to watch in a bowl game, it would be pure excitement.

New Mexico State is at four wins but if they can win two of their last three, they would reach a bowl game for the first time since 1960. This would be a huge storyline going into bowl season if they were to make it in.

An even bigger story is the UAB Blazers. Their program was dead for the past two years and they came right back and have shocked everyone sitting at 7-3. It is truly incredible what Bill Clark has been able to do with this team, he should easily win Coach of the Year.

I will update these projections each week until the bowl season has officially arrived

Here are the projections:

Championship Bowl Jan. 8 Atlanta, Ga. Semifinal winners Alabama vs. Miami
Rose Bowl Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. CFP Semifinal Miami vs. Oklahoma
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 New Orleans, La. CFP Semifinal Alabama vs. Wisconsin


Peach Bowl Jan. 1 Atlanta, Ga. at-large vs. at-large Georgia vs. UCF
Orange Bowl Dec. 30 Miami, Fla. ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND Clemson vs. Auburn
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 30 Glendale, Ariz. at-large vs. at-large USC vs. Penn State
Cotton Bowl Dec. 29 Arlington, Tex. At-large vs. At-large Ohio State vs. TCU


Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/B1G

vs. SEC

Notre Dame 

vs. Miss. St.

Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. B1G

vs. SEC

Michigan State 

vs. LSU

Liberty Bowl Dec. 30 Memphis, Tenn. B12

vs. SEC


vs. Kentucky

TaxSlayer Bowl Dec. 30 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/B1G

vs. SEC

Virginia Tech 

vs. South Carolina

Arizona Bowl Dec. 29 Tucson, Ariz. MW

vs. SBC

Fresno State 

vs. NMSU

Music City Bowl Dec. 29 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/B1G

vs. SEC


vs. Missouri

Sun Bowl Dec. 29 El Paso, Tex. ACC

vs. Pac-12


vs. Wash State

Belk Bowl Dec. 29 Charlotte, N.C. ACC

vs. SEC

Wake Forest 

vs. TAMU

Holiday Bowl Dec. 28 San Diego, Calif. B1G

vs. Pac-12


vs. Arizona

Alamo Bowl Dec. 28 San Antonio, Tex. B1G

vs. Pac-12

Okie State 

vs. UW

Camping World Bowl Dec. 28 Orlando, Fla. ACC

vs. Big 12

N.C. State 

vs. Iowa State

Military Bowl Dec. 28 Annapolis, Md. ACC

vs. AAC


vs. Navy

Texas Bowl Dec. 27 Houston, Tex. B12

vs. SEC

West Virginia 

vs. Utah

Foster Farms Bowl Dec. 27 Santa Clara, Calif. B1G

vs. Pac-12


vs. Stanford

Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC

vs. B1G


vs. Michigan

Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. SEC

vs. ACC

Georgia State 

vs. Ariz State

Cactus Bowl Dec. 26 Tempe, Ariz. B12

vs. Pac-12

Utah State 

vs. Oregon

Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. ACC

vs. B1G

Georgia Tech 

vs. Iowa

Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. B12

vs. CUSA

Miami (OH) 

vs. Marshall

Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii AAC

vs. MWC


vs. CSU

Dollar General Bowl Dec. 23 Mobile, Ala. MAC

vs. SBC


vs. Ark. State

Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 23 Fort Worth, Tex. B1G

vs. Army

Southern Miss 

vs. Army

Birmingham Bowl Dec. 23 Birmingham, Ala. AAC

vs. SEC


vs. La Tech

Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 22 Boise, Idaho MAC

vs. MWC

N. Illinois 

vs. Wyoming

Bahamas Bowl Dec. 22 Nassau, Bahamas CUSA

vs. MAC


vs. CMU

St. Petersburg Bowl Dec. 21 St. Petersburg, Fla. AAC



vs. FAU

Frisco Bowl Dec. 20 Dallas, Tex. AAC




vs. Ohio

Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 19 Boca Raton, Fla. AAC

vs. CUSA


vs. FIU

Camellia Bowl Dec. 16 Montgomery, Ala. MAC

vs. SBC

W. Michigan 

vs. Troy

New Mexico Bowl Dec. 16 Albuquerque, N.M. CUSA

vs. MWC


vs. SDSU

Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 16 Las Vegas, Nev. MWC

vs. Pac-12

Boise State 

vs. UCLA

Cure Bowl Dec. 16 Orlando, Fla. AAC

vs. SBC


vs. App State

New Orleans Bowl Dec. 16 New Orleans, La. CUSA

vs. SBC


vs. Louisiana

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