College football bowl projections: Big Ten return shakes up College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six games
It has been almost a month since my preseason bowl projections, and since then, a lot has changed. The biggest change is that we welcome the Big Ten back to the 2020 college football season. The league canceled its football season back on Aug. 11 but then reversed course on Sept. 17 and announced it will play an eight-game schedule plus a ninth game for each team on its championship Saturday, which will be Dec. 19.
From a bowl perspective, adding the Big Ten back in gives us 90 teams from which to choose. It also means another Power Five conference in play for the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State, the preseason No. 2 team in the AP Top 25, is now projected to have that same seed in the College Football Playoff. Alabama drops down to No. 3 and Oklahoma falls to No. 4. Georgia is still in the