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2016-2017 College Football Bowl Tie-Ins For Each Conference

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2016-2017 College Football Bowl Tie-Ins For Each Conference

College Football Playoff New Year’s Six Bowls

– Top four teams ranked by the College Football Playoff selection committee to be slotted in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. The two winners to play in the College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa on January 9th.
– The highest-ranked conference champion from the American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt automatically gets one spot in either the College Football Playoff or in the Cotton Bowl.
– Orange Bowl will be ACC vs. Big Ten, Big 12 or SEC
– Rose Bowl will be Big Ten vs. Pac-12
– Sugar Bowl will be Big 12 vs. SEC

American Athletic

The American Athletic Conference doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

– Armed Forces Bowl (Navy) vs. Big 12
– AutoNation Cure Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC
– Marmot Boca Raton Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Miami Beach Bowl vs. MAC
– Military Bowl vs. ACC
– Popeyes Bahamas Bowl vs. MAC
– St. Petersburg Bowl vs. ACC

The American Athletic has secondary partnerships with the AutoZone Liberty and Camping World Independence.

ACC

Notre Dame is eligible for any ACC bowl tie-in as long as it’s within one game of the team eligible for the slot, except the Orange Bowl.

The ACC gets a team in the Orange Bowl. It’s the ACC Champion if it’s not in the College Football Playoff. If the ACC plays the Big Ten in the Orange Bowl, the opportunity will be there for another opening in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

1. Capital One Orange Bowl vs. Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame
2. Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Big 12

First Tier

– Belk Bowl vs. SEC
– Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Pac-12
– New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Big Ten
– Franklin American Mortgage Music City vs. SEC OR TaxSlayer vs. SEC
It’s one or the other along with the Big Ten. Last year, the ACC played in the Music City, the Big Ten was in the TaxSlayer, so the ACC most likely in the TaxSlayer.

Second Tier

– Camping World Independence Bowl vs. SEC
– Military Bowl vs. American Athletic
– Quick Lane Bowl vs. Big Ten
– St. Petersburg Bowl vs. American

Conditional Tier, if other conferences can’t fill slots

– Birmingham Bowl vs. American or SEC

Big Ten

The Big Ten gets a team in the Rose Bowl. It’s the Big Ten Champion if it’s not in the College Football Playoff. Also, the Big Ten is eligible for the Orange Bowl three times between 2014 and 2016.

Orange will pick the highest-ranked team from Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame to play a team from the ACC. If the Orange takes a Big Ten team, the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will take an ACC team in place of the Big Ten.

1. Rose Bowl (New Year’s Six)
– Rose Bowl will choose a Big Ten representative if one of the conference’s teams is in the playoff

2. Orange Bowl vs. ACC or Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. SEC
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Minnesota or Michigan.

3. Outback Bowl vs. SEC
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Wisconsin or Northwestern.

4. National Funding Holiday Bowl vs. Pac-12
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Nebraska or Wisconsin.

5. TaxSlayer Bowl or Music City Bowl vs. SEC
– ACC and Big Ten combine with each getting three appearances in six years. The Big Ten played in TaxSlayer last year and will most likely go to Music City. No Penn State or Iowa in TaxSlayer.

6. New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC
– Not official, but would prefer to have eight different teams in eight years, so no Penn State or Indiana if possible.

7. Foster Farms Bowl vs. Pac-12
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Maryland or Nebraska.

8. Quick Lane Bowl vs. ACC

9. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Agreement for three Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas and three Armed Forces bowls in six years. Illinois played in Dallas two years ago, it’s Big 12 vs. Navy in Armed Forces this year.

Big 12

The Big 12 gets a team in the Sugar Bowl. It’s the Big 12 Champion if it’s not in the College Football Playoff.

If conference champion isn’t in College Football Playoff.

1. Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. SEC (New Year’s Six)
2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Pac-12
3. Russell Athletic Bowl vs. ACC
4. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl vs. SEC
5. AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. SEC
6. Cactus Bowl vs. Pac-12
7. Armed Forces vs. American Athletic
8. Heart of Dallas Bowl
– Conditional if Big Ten or Conference USA can’t fill the spot.

Conference USA

Highest ranked team from AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

No set order for Conference USA bowls. Champion will choose which bowl it wants to attend.

– Boca Raton Bowl vs. American Athletic
– Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Mountain West
– Hawai’i Bowl vs. Mountain West
– R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Big Ten
– Camping World Independence Bowl
Conditional if ACC or SEC can’t fill a spot.

Independents

– BYU is tied into the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl if it doesn’t get into the College Football Playoff.

– Notre Dame can take one of the ACC’s bowl spots starting with the Russell Athletic Bowl. Must be within one overall win over the available ACC team with the best overall record to take one of the ACC’s spots.

MAC

Highest ranked team from AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The MAC doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

– Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Mountain West
– Dollar General Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Miami Beach Bowl vs. American Athletic
– Popeyes Bahamas Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Quick Lane Bowl
Conditional if ACC or Big Ten can’t fill a spot.
– San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Conditional if BYU or Mountain West can’t fill a spot.

Mountain West

Highest ranked team from AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Mountain West doesn’t have a true pecking order after the Las Vegas. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

1. Las Vegas vs. Pac-12

– Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC
– Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Hawai’i Bowl vs. American Athletic
– NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Conference USA (or Sun Belt if C-USA not available)
– San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia vs. BYU (or MAC if BYU not available)

Pac-12

The Pac-12 gets a team in the Rose Bowl. It’s the Pac-12 Champion if it’s not in the College Football Playoff.

1. Rose Bowl (New Year’s Six)
2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12
3. National University Holiday Bowl vs. Big Ten
4. Foster Farms Bowl vs. Big Ten
5. Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ACC
6. Las Vegas Bowl vs. Mountain West
7. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl vs. Big 12

SEC

The SEC gets a team in the Sugar Bowl. It’s the SEC Champion if it’s not in the College Football Playoff.

1. Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. Big 12
– The SEC is also eligible to send a team to the Orange after filling the Sugar slot.
2. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Big Ten or ACC

The SEC will assign teams to the respective bowls in this pool.

– AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl vs. Big 12
– AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. Big 12
– Belk Bowl vs. ACC
– Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten
– Outback Bowl vs. Big Ten
– TaxSlayer Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten

Second Tier

– Birmingham Bowl vs. American Athletic
– Camping World Independence Bowl vs. ACC

Sun Belt Bowl Tie-Ins

Highest ranked team from AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Sun Belt doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

1. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. Mountain West
2. Dollar General Bowl vs. MAC
3. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs. MAC
4. AutoNation Cure Bowl vs. American
5. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl