Bowl projections: Penn State, Utah now smelling roses after Week 2

Erick Smith, USA TODAY
Published 9:19 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019 | Updated 9:23 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019CLOSE
USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
USA TODAYSometimes things stay the same. That’s the case with this week’s bowl projections after Week 2 of the college football season.There are no major adjustments for the forecast of the College Football Playoff field as Clemson cleared what might be their toughest hurdle on its journey by beating Texas A&M. Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State also made easy work of overmatched competition.LSU moved closer to contention with its defeat of Texas, but the Tigers still face a difficult road and a trip to the Crimson Tide in November. The loss by Texas shouldn’t damage its chance to return to the Sugar Bowl and a rematch with Georgia.The big adjustment comes with the Rose Bowl. Washington’s surprising loss to California and Michigan’s narrow escape against Army have both teams sliding out.  Moving in to take their places are Utah and Penn State, which are off to impressive starts.EARLY SURPRISES: Nine things we didn’t expect so far this season CONFERENCE POWER RANKINGS:ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SECStill plenty of time for things to change course with the full-fledged start of conference play coming soon.A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide