Bowl / Playoff Projections Week 5

Fox Four has us in 6th and currently out of the playoffs:

Tim Brando, who votes in this has us in his Final 4 field still:

Pat Forde at Yahoo has us at 7th and out of the playoffs on his weekly ranking:

SBNation has us in the Cotton Bowl against A&M. That would be fun:

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Schlabach and McMurphy at ESPN have us in the Cotton Bowl as well:

Schlabach: Stanford vs. Houston
McMurphy: Houston vs. Wisconsin

Both of those games would be fun as well

Jerry Palm actually moves us back into the Top 4 after this week and has us playing Alabama in the Peach Bowl:

Bowl Date Location Matchup
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. (1) Alabama vs. (4) Houston
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 Glendale, Ariz. (2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

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Heather Dinch still has us in the driver’s seat for the G5 bid:

Group of 5

In the driver’s seat: Houston

Potential pitfall: The Power 5s. It’s not just Louisville that’s standing in Houston’s way on Nov. 17, which is an already sold-out Thursday night home game for the Cougars. It’s also the Big Ten champ. The Pac-12 champ. The ACC champ. The SEC champ. It also didn’t help Houston that Louisville lost to Clemson, because there goes the Cougars’ chance to claim a win over the ACC champ. Houston has to go undefeated.

Next in line: Sorry, Boise State fans. There is no other potential playoff crasher waiting in the wings. The Broncos simply don’t have the schedule strength, even with an undefeated season. Houston’s résumé is different because it has Oklahoma and Louisville, but there’s still no margin for error.

I’ll take Bama please! 2 things going for us if we play Bama in the Peach Bowl.

  1. We won there last time.
  2. Coach Herman has beaten Saban before

I would rather play a freshman QB led, predominantly running offense, versus playing OSU or Clemson with seasoned veterans and Heisman hopefuls at QB.

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National Championship Odds:

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Stewart Mandel has us in the Cotton Bowl vs. Wisconsin:

Cotton: Houston vs. Wisconsin
_Date: Jan. 2 – Arlington, Texas _

_Bowl affiliation: at-large vs. at-large _

The Cougars’ playoff hopes took a slight dent over the weekend. For one thing, Louisville will not be undefeated when it comes to Houston (though still very highly ranked). Also, the Pac-12 might not produce a two-loss champ.

Peach Bowl Projections

Jerry Palm and the Sporting News have us in the Peach Bowl. 2 out of 11.

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