Bowl projections: New Year's Six gets facelift after more upsets
Another weekend means more upsets and changes in the latest USA TODAY Sports bowl projections.
This week's significant victims were Wisconsin and Boise State. Both were forecasted to play in New Year's six games before respective losses to Illinois and Brigham Young. Their hiccups result in Penn State moving up to the Rose Bowl and Memphis heading to the Cotton Bowl as the Group of Five representative.
For the Tigers, their hold is tenuous with the competitive American Athletic having SMU, Central Florida and Cincinnati as contenders. There's also unbeaten Appalachian State in the mix, plus it is possible the Broncos or another one-loss Mountain West team could have an opportunity to grab the spot.
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The picture for that berth and potential seeding for the College Football Playoff field will become clearer when the committee releases its first rankings on Nov. 5
A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.