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Preseason college football bowl projections

What is the only thing more exciting than college football's regular season? You guessed it — bowl month! For the college football freaks out there, 40-games plus packed into a three-week stretch around the holidays is TV heaven and it's never too early for predictions on possible matchup announcements. There might be chalk in the Playoff as Clemson and Alabama continue their reign at the top, but the rest of college football's mid-tier and above teams who celebrate a successful season outside the final four have several viable options to close out the 2019 campaign based on final records. ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura revealed their preseason bowl picks on Wednesday to kick-off the 2019 season, a comprehensive look at every potential matchup a few months from now.

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As we do every year, we'll update our own 247Sports bowl projections weekly throughout the season — something we've done since 2015. As teams jockey for position by the midseason point, we'll take a more accurate approach to our projections using insight and what we're hearing from sources close to several different bowl committees. Until then, here's a preseason look from ESPN: The Trojans will be looking to vanquish last season's 5-7 meltdown from the minds of media and USC fans alike. But right now the expectations are not that lofty for 2019 in the eyes of ESPN's bowl pickers Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura, who dropped their preseason bowl projections on Wednesday. Last year was a historic low point for the Trojans, the first time USC failed to pick up six wins since 2000 under Paul Hackett and the first time it did not play in a bowl game since 2011 (NCAA sanctions).

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Here are the two preseason bowl projections for the Trojans: Redbox Bowl Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Dec. 30, 4 p.m., Fox Bonagura: Stanford vs. Wisconsin Schlabach: USC vs. Northwestern Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS Bonagura: USC vs. Schlabach: Stanford vs. Florida State The Redbowl Bowl was formerly known as the Foster Farms Bowl and has never hosted USC.

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The Trojans have played Northwestern five times in program history, all wins. The last meeting came in 1969. The other projection would set up a marquee matchup with the fellow blue blood Seminoles. Florida State and USC have only met twice in their history, both wins for the Seminoles. Other notable Pac-12 selections: Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., ABC Bonagura: UCLA vs.

Fresno State Schlabach: Washington State vs. Boise State San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl SDCCU Stadium, San Diego Dec. 27, 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1 Bonagura: Washington State vs. Schlabach: Oregon vs. Iowa Cheez-It Bowl Chase Field, Phoenix Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m., ESPN Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech Schlabach: Fresno State vs. UCLA Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN Bonagura: Utah vs. Michigan Schlabach: Utah vs. Ohio State The Trojans open the season this Saturday against Fresno State at 7:30 p.m. PT. USC has a grueling opening schedule with roads games against BYU and defending Pac-12 champion Washington. The Trojans will also play host to Stanford and preseason Pac-12 South favorite Utah. ESPN analysts agree: Michigan, Michigan State won't make College Football Playoff Neither Michigan nor Michigan State will make the College Football Playoff this season, according to ESPN's Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach, who published their bowl projections on Wednesday. Bonagura projects Michigan to the Rose Bowl, facing Utah, while Schlabach sees the Wolverines playing Texas A&M in the Outback Bowl. Bonagura has Michigan State in the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State and Schlabach picks the Spartans for the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, facing North Carolina State. Bonagura's CFP teams are Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson and Ohio State, with the Crimson Tide facing the Tigers in the national championship game. Schlabach's final four are Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson and Georgia, with the Bulldogs and Tigers meeting for the title. Michigan State opens the season against Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. UM's opener is Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. at Michigan Stadium. More: Wojo: With Dantonio's Spartans, offense is a secret, motive isn't More: 'My time to go get it': Michigan LB Josh Ross takes torch from Devin Bush Bowl schedule Related Video College football bowl games are a long way away--the first one won't kick off until Dec. 20, to be exact. But it's never too early to start making predictions. Check back every week for updates.: Alabama vs. Clemson: Georgia vs. Clemson: Alabama vs. Oklahoma: Georgia vs. Oklahoma: Clemson vs. Ohio State: Clemson vs. Alabama: Eastern Michigan vs. Louisiana Tech: Western Michigan vs. UAB: UCF vs. Southern Miss: Houston vs. FAU: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State: Marshall vs. Air Force: Marshall vs. San Diego State: USF vs. Troy: SMU vs. Georgia Southern: Buffalo vs. SMU: Buffalo vs. USF: Ohio vs. Georgia Southern: Northern Illinois vs. Troy: UCLA vs. Fresno State: Washington State vs. Boise State: Arkansas State vs. FIU: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana: Memphis vs. Wake Forest: FIU vs. Temple: BYU vs. Houston: BYU vs. Tulane: Pittsburgh vs. UAB: Wake Forest vs. Purdue: Indiana vs. FAU: Michigan State vs. NC State: NC State vs. Temple: Boston College vs. Memphis: Nebraska vs. Miami: Nebraska vs. Duke: Ole Miss vs. BaylorMississippi State vs. TCU: Washington State vs. Iowa: Oregon vs. Iowa: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech: Fresno State vs. UCLA: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State: Miami vs. Iowa State: Oregon vs. Boise State:Notre Dame vs. UCF:North Texas vs. Army: North Texas vs. Arizona State: Tennessee vs. Virginia: Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford vs. Wisconsin: USC vs. NorthwesternSyracuse vs. LSU: Syracuse vs. Penn State: Auburn vs. Virginia Tech: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech: USC vs. Florida State: Stanford vs. Florida State: South Carolina vs. TCU: South Carolina vs. Baylor: Nevada vs. Louisiana: Hawaii vs. Arkansas State: Washington vs. Iowa State: Washington vs. Oklahoma State: Florida vs. Penn State: Florida vs. Virginia: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State: Michigan vs. Texas A&M: Utah vs. Michigan: Utah vs. Ohio State: Georgia vs. Texas: LSU vs. Texas: Kentucky vs. Cincinnati: Army vs. Cincinnati: Texas A&M vs. Minnesota: Auburn vs. Wisconsin: Toledo vs. Utah State: Toledo vs. Wyoming:Northwestern vs. San Diego State: Minnesota vs. Utah State: Western Michigan vs. Appalachian State: Ohio vs. Appalachian State SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28: The Indiana Hoosiers band plays before the Foster Farms Bowl game at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. With the football season about to kick into full gear this weekend, ESPN came out with its predictions for all 41 bowl games, which included the Indiana football program. Despite all but four division one programs, including Indiana football, yet to take the field in 2019, it's never too early to make predictions for the bowl games that come at the end of the year, and that's exactly what ESPN did. Bowl games don't get underway until Dec 20, but the preseason picks are out for all of the 41 bowl games, and the Hoosiers were included. ESPN analysts Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach broke down each possible matchup and gave their take on which programs would land in which bowl. For IU it was the Quick Lane Bowl. Bonagura predicted the Hoosiers to end up at Ford Field on Dec 26 playing Florida Atlantic University. Bonagura was the only one of the duo to have the Hoosiers in a bowl game, but altogether the pair included 11 Big Ten teams participating in bowl season. The Hoosiers head into 2019 with the expectation of not only making it to a bowl game, something they have missed out on in each of the past two seasons, but to make their mark and win a bowl game. RELATED PRODUCT Tailgate Women's Indiana Hoosiers Graphic T-Shirt White XL Buy Now! Buy Now! Needing six wins to do so, assuming they remain undefeated in the non-conference, which is something that IU has done almost every season in the past 10 years, three conference wins is all that would be needed to make it to the postseason. Indiana's quest begins on Saturday when they face off against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium at 12:00 pm EST.