2023 College Football Playoff bowl predictions

The 2022 College Football Playoff Selection Committee releases the Top 25. The top four teams (listed in order),  Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and Ohio State, will battle to determine the national champion. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

The 2022 College Football Playoff Selection Committee releases the Top 25. The top four teams (listed in order), Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and Ohio State, will battle to determine the national champion. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Zuleika Botello, edited by Mia Badillo, Staff Reporter and Co-Editor-in-Chief

The regular season of college football is in the books and bowl games begin on Dec. 16.

From there, selection Sunday on Dec. 4 determined the final four teams that will play for the national championship.

Additionally, the major bowl games, including the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, were announced.

Michigan and USC, which beat their biggest rivals to move into the top four needed a win in their respective conference championship games to clinch a spot in the 2022 College Football Playoff.

Georgia and TCU appeared to be in the playoffs, win or lose their league title games on Dec. 3.

However, after Week 14, the CFP selection committee released the Top 25 with some surprises.

Here is the Associated Press Top 25 (courtesy of CBS Sports)

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. TCU
  4. Ohio State
  5. Alabama
  6. Tennessee
  7. Utah
  8. USC
  9. Penn State
  10. Clemson
  11. Kansas State
  12. Washington
  13. Florida State
  14. Tulane
  15. Oregon
  16. LSU
  17. Oregon State
  18. UCLA
  19. Notre Dame
  20. South Carolina
  21. Texas
  22. UTSA
  23. Troy
  24. Mississippi State
  25. NC State

The final four are Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and Ohio State.

These four teams will compete for the title of national champion.

Fiesta Bowl (Dec.31): Michigan vs. TCU

  • This 2 vs. 3 semifinal matchup would bring a new Big Ten vs. Big 12 faceoff as these two schools have competed

Peach Bowl (Dec.31): Georgia vs. Ohio State

  • This 1 vs. 4 semifinal matchup would be close as the two schools have only played once before.
  • In 1993, Georgia defeated Ohio 21-14

The title game will take place in Inglewood, Calif., on Jan. 9.

Bowl games

For the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, No. 18 UCLA will play Pitt on Dec. 30.

Here is the schedule for the bowl games (courtesy of CBS Sports):

  • Friday, Dec. 16

Bahamas Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Cure Bowl: No. 24 Troy vs. No. 25 UTSA


  • Saturday, Dec. 17

Fenway Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Louisville

Celebration Bowl: Jackson State vs. N.C. Central

New Mexico Bowl: SMU vs. BYU

LA Bowl: Washington State vs. Fresno State

LendingTree Bowl: Rice vs. Southern Mississippi

Las Vegas Bowl: No. 14 Oregon State vs. Florida

Frisco Bowl: Boise State vs. North Texas

  • Monday, Dec. 19

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Marshall vs. UConn

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State

Boca Raton Bowl: Liberty vs. Toledo

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21

New Orleans Bowl: South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky

  • Thursday, Dec. 22

Armed Forces Bowl: Baylor vs. Air Force


  • Friday, Dec. 23:

Gasparilla Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Missouri

Independence Bowl: Houston vs. Louisiana

  • Saturday, Dec. 24

Hawai’i Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. San Diego State


  • Monday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl: Bowling Green vs. New Mexico State

  • Tuesday, Dec. 27

First Responder Bowl: Memphis vs. Utah State

Birmingham Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina

Camellia Bowl: Buffalo vs. Georgia Southern

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Wisconsin

  • Wednesday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl: Duke vs. UCF

Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. Kansas

Holiday Bowl: No. 15 Oregon vs. North Carolina

Texas Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss

  • Thursday, Dec. 29

Pinstripe Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

Cheez-It Bowl: No. 13 Florida State vs. Oklahoma

Alamo Bowl: No. 12 Washington vs. No. 20 Texas

  • Friday, Dec. 30

Orange Bowl: No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Clemson

Duke’s Mayo Bowl: No. 23 NC State vs. Maryland

Sun Bowl: No. 18 UCLA vs. Pitt

Gator Bowl: No. 19 South Carolina vs. No. 21 Notre Dame

Arizona Bowl: Ohio vs. Wyoming

  • Saturday, Dec. 31

Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal): No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU

Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal): No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Ohio State

Music City Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky

Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 9 Kansas State

  • Monday, Jan. 2

ReliaQuest Bowl: No. 22 Mississippi State vs. Illinois

Citrus Bowl: No. 17 LSU vs. Purdue

Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 10 USC vs. No. 16 Tulane

Rose Bowl Game: No. 8 Utah vs. No. 11 Penn State

  • Monday, Jan. 9

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

With a full schedule of football games, this year’s College Football Playoffs are sure to be exciting!