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Bowl Projections 2020: Predictions, Updated College Football Playoff Outlook | Bleacher Report

Alabama QB Mac Jones

Alabama QB Mac JonesJohn Raoux/Associated Press

While the College Football Playoff has never been in jeopardy, the rest of bowl season has had an unclear outlook.

Put simply, there were too many unanswered questions. Would the games be prioritized? Would any schools not travel to a fan-less game several states away? Will enough teams finish with the requisite six wins to become bowl-eligible?

Now that every FBS conference has announced it would return, though, the first two questions are addressed. Plus, the NCAA is likely to waive bowl-eligibility requirements in 2020.

Yes, the calendar itself must be worked out because the regular season runs into mid-Decemberwhich is when bowls typically begin. But after several months of uncertainty about the postseason, it’s refreshing to have a packed bowl slate on the way.

Note: The Bahamas, Hawaii and RedBox Bowls will not be played.

         

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest Polls, Predictions for Week 4 Standings | Bleacher Report

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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There are eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, including six in the top 10. None of them have played a game in the 2020 season. But that’s about to change.

While some conferences have already gotten their football seasons underway (most notably the ACC and Big 12), the SEC opted to push back the start of their season to Week 4 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And all 14 of the conference’s teams will be in action Saturday.

The SEC decided its teams would play a revised 10-game schedule, all of which will be against conference opponents.

In addition to the season debuts of the SEC teams, there will be numerous other top teams in action. That includes No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Notre Dame, as well as a pair of other ranked matchups (No. 21 Pittsburgh vs. No. 24 Louisville,

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Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 14-3 run

Getting off to a strong start on their own field has become the norm for the Florida State Seminoles. The squad has posted a 30-9 all-time record when opening a season at home, including an 18-3 mark since 1975. The Seminoles will look to improve upon those numbers when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in the 2020 season opener for both schools. Kickoff from Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Florida State has a new coach with a track record of fast starts in Mike Norvell, who won each of his four season openers with Memphis as the team outscored its opponents 153-70 in those contests. The Seminoles are 12.5-point favorites in the latest Florida State vs. Georgia Tech odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. Before making any Georgia

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Notre Dame vs. Duke odds, line, spread: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 4-0 run

The No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to continue their home dominance when they open their season on Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils. Notre Dame has won 18 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, the third-longest streak since the stadium opened in 1930. Clemson and Ohio State are the only other Power Five schools that boast streaks of that magnitude. Notre Dame was 11-2 overall in 2019, while Duke finished 5-7. 

The game is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. ET at South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish, who are playing this season as a member of the ACC, are favored by 20 points in the latest Duke vs. Notre Dame odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points scored is 54. Before making any Notre Dame vs. Duke picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

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Oscars 2021: Early Best Director Predictions

The awards calendar keeps adjusting, not only to the new Oscar date of April 25, 2021 but to ever-shifting theater openings. The slimmer fall festivals can’t serve as the usual launchpads, they will perform a valuable function for smaller titles that need the branding. Last year, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” rode the Cannes Palme d’Or all the way to a Best Picture win.

Emerging directors will have a tougher time making an impact. What kind of attention can movies raise from virtual festival screenings or online release? Many will push back to post-Oscar 2021. Clearly, established directors of well-budgeted and marketed movies have the advantage.

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