Week 8 Football Bowl Projection Breakdown

The projected participants in the playoffs (Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU) went unchanged this week. It was the Nittany Lions though that made the biggest statement with a 42-13 victory over Michigan in Happy Valley. There were some questions about how good Penn State really is since this was the first ranked opponent they have played all year, but they answered those questions. However, they do have two road games against ranked opponents coming up in the next two weeks. After a trip to Ohio State this weekend, Coach James Franklin and company head to East Lansing. Those two games will likely decide who wins the Big Ten East.
American: Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, South Florida, UCF
ACC: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Big 12: Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia
Big Ten: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
C-USA: Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky
Independent: Army, Notre Dame
MAC: Akron, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan
MWC: Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
Pac-12: Arizona, California, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, South Alabama, Troy