The 2023 college football season hasn’t kicked off just yet, but bowl game projections have already started.

On Monday, college football insider Brett McMurphy of the Action Network shared his Week 0 bowl projections. McMurphy has 12 SEC teams going bowling, with Missouri and Vanderbilt staying home for the holidays.

The 2023 season is the last year of the 4-team College Football Playoff before expansion to 12 teams. McMurphy projects a familiar SEC squad returns to the CFP and plays for the National Championship.

With 1 SEC team in the CFP, McMurphy has 2 other SEC programs playing in New Year’s Six bowl games. Here are the full projections for all 12 teams:


Fiesta Bowl (NY6) vs. Washington


Music City Bowl vs. Illinois


Gator Bowl vs. Louisville


Birmingham Bowl vs. Kansas


Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) vs. Ohio State
CFP National Championship vs. Michigan


Liberty Bowl vs. TCU


Cotton Bowl (NY6) vs. Texas Tech

Mississippi State

Texas Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Ole Miss

Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. Miami

South Carolina

Gasparilla Bowl vs. BYU


Citrus Bowl vs. Wisconsin

Texas A&M

ReliaQuest Bowl vs. Notre Dame