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Bowl Projections (after Conference Championship games)

Alright I will be updating this throughout today and tomorrow until the bowl slots are all filled.  Hopefully this doesn’t get too annoying.

So here are the updated bowl projections (* means confirmed):

December 31, 2016 Fiesta Bowl Clemson Ohio State
December 31, 2016 Peach Bowl Alabama Washington
January 2, 2017 Sugar Bowl Auburn Oklahoma*
January 2, 2017 Rose Bowl Penn State Colorado
January 2, 2017 Cotton Bowl Wisconsin Western Michigan*
December 30, 2016 Orange Bowl Florida State Michigan
January 2, 2017 Outback Bowl Florida Iowa
December 31, 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Tennessee North Carolina
December 31, 2016 Citrus Bowl LSU Northwestern
December 30, 2016 Arizona Bowl New Mexico South Alabama*
December 30, 2016 Music City Bowl Georgia Nebraska
December 30, 2016 Sun Bowl Utah Pittsburgh
December 30, 2016 Liberty Bowl Arkansas TCU
December 29, 2016 Alamo Bowl USC Oklahoma State
December 29, 2016 Belk Bowl Kentucky Virginia Tech
December 29, 2016 Birmingham Bowl Vanderbilt Memphis
December 28, 2016 Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
December 28, 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl West Virginia Louisville
December 28, 2016 Pinstripe Bowl Maryland Miami
December 27, 2016 Cactus Bowl Colorado State Baylor
December 27, 2016 Holiday Bowl Minnesota Washington State
December 27, 2016 Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
December 27, 2016 Heart of Dallas Bowl Army Louisiana Tech
December 26, 2016 Independence Bowl South Carolina NC State
December 26, 2016 Quick Lane Bowl Toledo Boston College
December 26, 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl Miami-OH* Mississippi State*
December 24, 2016 Hawaii Bowl Hawaii Middle Tennessee
December 23, 2016 Dollar General Bowl Central Michigan Troy
December 23, 2016 Armed Forces Bowl Navy* Appalachian State
December 23, 2016 Bahamas Bowl Old Dominion* Eastern Michigan*
December 22, 2016 Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Stanford
December 22, 2016 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise State Idaho*
December 21, 2016 Poinsettia Bowl BYU* Wyoming*
December 20, 2016 Boca Raton Bowl USF Western Kentucky
December 19, 2016 Miami Beach Bowl Tulsa North Texas
December 17, 2016 New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss UL-Lafayette
December 17, 2016 Camellia Bowl Wake Forest Ohio
December 17, 2016 Cure Bowl UCF Arkansas State
December 17, 2016 Las Vegas Bowl Houston* San Diego State*
December 17, 2016 New Mexico Bowl Air Force UTSA
  • San Diego State wins the Mountain West over Wyoming and is off to Vegas to face Houston.
  • Wyoming will now go to the Poinsettia to face BYU.
  • I’ve switched Penn State and Wisconsin due to PSU’s victory.
  • I still think Colorado goes to the Rose over USC although that is going to be a TOUGH call and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Trojans there.

6 thoughts on “Bowl Projections (after Conference Championship games)

  1. I agree with your 4 playoff teams. Think USC gets to the Rose over Colorado in a very close call and FSU vs Lousiville for the Orange Bowl is even closer – I won’t even venture a guess there.

    The Big Ten and ACC title games were terrific.

    1. Thankfully. Only took ten-and-a-half hours to get to some real excitement.
      Yeah I can see USC over Colorado argument. On Twitter people have ignored that (and the FSU-Louisville choice). Thousands of people debating teams after Bama. It’s pretty hilarious.

      1. One argument I am seeing that I have absolutely NO time for is that Penn State deserves to go ahead of Ohio State based on the conference title and head-to-head win. I hate Ohio State with a passion but that specific argument is madness. It *requires* you to ignore the non-conference games which is absolutely absurd. The playoff is not to determine who should win the Big Ten; it is to determine the *National* Champion. Consciously choosing to ignore 1/3 of the games played is certifiable. I will listen to an argument for Penn State over Ohio State but don’t give me that one.

        I also hope OSU makes it to further emphasize the stupidity of the Big 12 adding a playoff game. Recall that the justification for this was that the Big 12 champ is at a disadvantage when it comes to selecting the final 4 because they don’t win a title game. Well, Ohio State making it without winning a title game – and not even *qualifying* for their title game will bring home the absurdity of that reasoning.

      2. Yes I believe tOSU deserves it more than PSU thanks to their overall season. Plus, that loss to Pitt will haunt the Nittany Lions for a long time I think. Win that and the argument becomes a lot better for Penn State.
        To be honest, I am now wishing they went back to smaller conferences and no conference championship games. This year would be a good argument against the validity and enormity of having them vs. not.

  2. Agree on the PSU/Pitt point – plus ignoring non-conference requires you to ignore OSU destroying OU in Norman. That was their best win of the season for crap’s sake.

    Also agree on preferring smaller conferences and no title games. In my ideal world there would be a bunch of 9 team conferences each with a full round-robin schedule for 8 games and 4 OOC games. That ship has long sailed though – all that is left is to dig the trenches to resist the expansion of the current playoff field beyond 4 teams.

  3. True. It has become too much about money. The problem is the college football world is not noticing what is happening with the NFL. The NFL is going out of their way to alienate some fans and piss off their players with Thursday Night Football, many regular season games outside of the U.S., etc. And, at least in the States, the ratings are showing that (for the most part). They are down. There are some out there that think the NFL has peaked, much like baseball did in the 80s and early 90s. Yes you get the odd ratings success like the World Series this year but other than that, baseball is going far down the pecking order unless you live in a market with a good team. I sense that will start to happen with the NFL. And if college football doesn’t watch it, it will happen to them as well. Look at some of the crowds yesterday. Almost 20,000 below capacity for the ACC Championship. A lot less than a full house for both the AAC and C-USA championship games. Fans are tired of it. And this will translate to TV numbers soon if they keep putting greed as the top reason for every decision they do.

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