Ah, preseason predictions – the joy (or bane) of every football fan’s preparation for the upcoming season. And nobody is better at making college football predictions than Phil Steele.
Steele’s publication, read by literally millions of journalists and fans, predicts how conferences will finish, records of teams, individual performances, and – of course – the Bowl games.
In this year’s Bowl and College Football Playoff game predictions, Mr. Steele has predicted that the Georgia Bulldogs will face a fairly common postseason opponent, Michigan State, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Now normally this might be a big of a slighting towards Georgia, especially when there are SEC and national title hopes being whispered about (again) in Athens. But the Peach Bowl has become one of the premier bowls in college football, and will be part of the rotation for playoff games.
So while it’s not a prediction for Georgia to head to Pasadena or New Orleans, where the Rose and Sugar Bowls will be hosting semifinal playoff games, it’s still a nod that the Bulldogs are right in the mix.
Michigan State and Georgia commonly mirror each other in the polls, predictions and records – and Georgia has met the Spartans three times in bowl games, going 2-1, with the most recent being a 33-30 loss in the 2012 Outback Bowl.
Here are the complete bowl predictions as laid out by Phil Steele
Phil Steele Preseason Bowl Predictions 2014
|Dec. 20, 2014||New Orleans Bowl||Air Force||Louisiana |
|Dec. 20, 2014||New Mexico Bowl||North Texas||Colorado State |
|Dec. 20, 2014||Las Vegas Bowl||Boise State||Arizona |
|Dec. 20, 2014||Idaho Potato Bowl||Bowling Green||Utah State |
|Dec. 20, 2014||Camellia Bowl||Central Michigan||Louisiana-Monroe |
|Dec. 22, 2014||Miami Beach Bowl||BYU||Cincinnati |
|Dec. 23, 2014||Boca Raton Bowl||Florida Atlantic||Ball St. |
|Dec. 23, 2014||Poinsettia Bowl||Fresno St. ||Navy |
|Dec. 24, 2014||Bahamas Bowl||Louisiana Tech||Toledo |
|Dec. 24, 2014||Hawaii Bowl||Middle Tennessee||San Diego St. |
|Dec. 26, 2014||Heart of Dallas Bowl||Indiana||Texas-San Antonio |
|Dec. 26, 2014||Detroit Lions Bowl (Yet to be officially named)||Pittsburgh||Maryland |
|Dec. 26, 2014||St. Petersburg Bowl||Central Florida||Duke |
|Dec. 27, 2014||Military Bowl||East Carolina||Georgia Tech |
|Dec. 27, 2014||Sun Bowl||Louisville||Washington |
|Dec. 27, 2014||Independence Bowl||Miami (Fl)||Rice |
|Dec. 27, 2014||Pinstripe Bowl||Syracuse||Northwestern |
|Dec. 27, 2014||Holiday Bowl||Nebraska||USC |
|Dec. 29, 2014||Liberty Bowl||Kansas State||Missouri |
|Dec. 29, 2014||Russell Athletic Bowl||North Carolina||Texas |
|Dec. 29, 2014||Texas Bowl||Texas Tech||Texas A&M |
|Dec. 30, 2014||Music City Bowl||Virginia Tech||Mississippi State |
|Dec. 30, 2014||Belk Bowl||Clemson||Florida |
|Dec. 20, 2014||San Francisco Bowl (Yet to be officially named)||Minnesota||Oregon State |
|Dec. 31, 2014||Peach Bowl||Georgia||Michigan State |
|Dec. 31, 2014||Fiesta Bowl||UCLA||Notre Dame |
|Dec. 31, 2014||Orange Bowl||Marshall||Auburn |
|Jan. 1, 2015||Capital One Bowl||Wisconsin ||Ole Miss |
|Jan. 1, 2015||Outback Bowl||Iowa ||South Carolina |
|Jan. 1, 2015||Cotton Bowl||Baylor||Oregon |
|Jan. 1, 2015||Rose Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)||Alabama||Ohio State |
|Jan. 1, 2015||Sugar Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)||Florida State||Oklahoma |
|Jan. 2, 2015||Armed Forces Bowl||Army||Houston |
|Jan. 2, 2015||Taxslayer Bowl||Michigan||LSU |
|Jan. 2, 2015||Alamo Bowl||TCU||Stanford |
|Jan. 2, 2015||Cactus Bowl||Oklahoma St. ||Arizona St. |
|Jan. 3, 2015||Birmingham Bowl||Memphis||Tennessee |
|Jan. 4, 2015||GoDaddy.com bowl||Northern Illinois||South Alabama |
|Jan. 12, 2015||College Football Championship||Alabama||Florida State |