2016-2017 College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Previews

2016-2017 College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Previews

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2016-2017 College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Previews

2016-2017 College Football Playoff & Bowl Central


All the game previews, predictions, features and more for the 2016-2017 College Football Playoff and bowl season.


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Scroll down for the previews by schedule and the entire slate, and check back after the games for 5 Thoughts on Each Game, and what’s next for the teams.

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Bowl Game Previews & Predictions, Based On How Good They Are 
40. Dollar General: Ohio vs. Troy, Dec. 23, 8:00, ESPN
39. R&L Carriers New Orleans: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana, Dec. 17, 9:00, ESPN
38. AutoNation Cure: Arkansas State vs. UCF, Dec. 17, 3:30, ABC
37. Famous Idaho Potato: Colorado State vs. Idaho, Dec. 22, 7:00, ESPN
36. Popeyes Bahamas: Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan, Dec. 23, 1:00, ESPN
35. Gildan New Mexico: UTSA vs. New Mexico, Dec. 17, 2:00, ESPN
34. Quick Lane: Boston College vs. Maryland, Dec. 26, 2:30, ESPN
33. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas, Army vs. North Texas, Dec. 27, 12:00, ESPN
32. Military, Temple vs. Wake Forest, Dec. 27, 3:30, ESPN
31. Hawaii, Middle Tennessee vs. Hawaii, Dec. 24, 8:00, ESPN
30. St. Petersburg, Miss State vs. Miami Univ., Dec. 26, 11:00 am, ESPN
29. Raycom Media Camellia, Toledo vs. Appalachian St, Dec. 17, 5:30, ESPN
28. Outback, Florida vs. Iowa, Jan. 2, 1:00, ABC
27. AutoZone Liberty, Georgia vs. TCU, Dec. 30, 12:00, ESPN
26. Camping World Independence, NC State vs. Vanderbilt, Dec. 26, 5:00, ESPN2
25. NOVA Home Loans Arizona, Air Force vs. South Alabama, Dec. 30, Campus Insiders
24. Foster Farms, Utah vs. Indiana, Dec. 28, 8:30, FOX
23. AdvoCare V100 Texas, Kansas St vs. Texas A&M, Dec. 28, 9:00, ESPN
22. Birmingham, South Carolina vs, USF, Dec. 29, 2:00, ESPN
21. SDCCU Poinsettia, BYU vs. Wyoming, Dec. 21, 9:00, ESPN
20. Motel 6 Cactus, Boise State vs. Baylor, Dec. 27, 10:15, ESPN
19. New Era Pinstripe, Pitt vs. Northwestern, Dec. 28, 2:00, ESPN
18. Belk, Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas, Dec. 29, 5:30, ESPN
17. National Funding Holiday, Minnesota vs. Washington St, Dec. 27, 7:00, ESPN
16. TaxSlayer, Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky, Dec. 31, 11 am, ESPN
15. Armed Forces, Louisiana Tech vs. Navy, Dec. 23, 1:00, ESPN
14. Boca Raton, Memphis vs. WKU, Dec. 20, 7:00, ESPN
13. Miami Beach, Tulsa vs. Central Michigan, Dec. 19, 2:30, ESPN
12. Goodyear Cotton: Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan, Jan. 2, 1:00, ESPN
11. Russell Athletic: Miami vs. West Virginia, Dec. 28, 5:30, ESPN
10. Las Vegas: SDSU vs. Houston, Dec. 17, 3:30 ABC
9. Hyundai Sun: Stanford vs. North Carolina, Dec. 30, 2:00, CBS
8. Franklin American Mortgage Music City: Nebraska vs. Tennessee, Dec. 30, 3:30, ESPN
7. Valero Alamo: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, Dec. 29, 9:oo, ESPN
6. Allstate Sugar: Oklahoma vs. Auburn, Jan. 2, 8:30, ESPN
5. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus: Louisville vs. LSU, Dec. 31, 11 am, ABC
4. Capital One Orange, Michigan vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 8:00, ESPN
3. Rose, USC vs. Penn State, Jan. 2, 5:00, ESPN
2. Chick-fil-A Peach, Alabama vs. Washington, Dec. 31, 3:00, ESPN
1. PlayStation Fiesta, Clemson vs. Ohio State, Dec. 31, 7:00, ESPN

Click on each bowl for the preview and prediction

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM, 2:00 ET, ESPN
UTSA vs. New Mexico  
New Mexico 23, UTSA 20: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 3:30 ET, ABC
San Diego State vs. Houston  
SDSU 34, Houston 10: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Toledo vs. Appalachian State  
Appalachian State 31, Toledo 28: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL, 7:00 ET, CBS Sports Network
UCF vs. Arkansas State 
Arkansas State 31, UCF 13: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Monday, December 19, 2016

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Lafayette  
Southern Miss 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 21: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami, FL, 2:30 ET, ESPN
Tulsa vs. Central Michigan   
Tulsa 55, Central Michigan 10: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky  
WKU 51, Memphis 31: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
BYU vs. Wyoming  
– BYU 24, Wyoming 21: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, ID, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Idaho vs. Colorado State
– Idaho 61, Colorado State 50: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, 1:00 ET, ESPN
Old Dominion vs Eastern Michigan 
– Old Dominion 24, Eastern Michigan 20: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Navy vs. Louisiana Tech  
– Louisiana Tech 48, Navy 45: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Ohio vs. Troy  
– Troy 28, Ohio 23: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hawai’i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Middle Tennessee vs. Hawaii   
– Hawaii 52, Middle Tennessee 35: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Monday, December 26, 2016

St. Petersburg Bowl

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00 am ET, ESPN
Miami Univ. vs. Mississippi State  
– Mississippi State 17, Miami Univ. 16: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
Boston College vs. Maryland    
Boston College 36, Maryland 30: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
NC State vs. Vanderbilt
– NC State 41, Vanderbilt 17: 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Army vs. North Texas
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 ET, ESPN
Wake Forest vs. Temple  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Minnesota vs. Washington State 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, 10:15 ET, ESPN
Baylor vs. Boise State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, 2:00 ET, ABC
Pitt vs. Northwestern   
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Miami vs. West Virginia 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, 8:30 ET, FOX
Indiana vs. Utah
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Kansas State vs. Texas A&M 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, AL, 2:00 ET, ESPN
South Florida vs. South Carolina    
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Oklahoma State vs. Colorado  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX, CBS
North Carolina vs. Stanford
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, 12:00 ET, ESPN
TCU vs. Georgia
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, 3:30 ET, ESPN
Tennessee vs. Nebraska  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ, Campus Insiders
South Alabama vs. Air Force 
– Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
LSU vs. Louisville  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

TaxSlayer Bowl

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Monday, January 2, 2017

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 1:00 ET, ABC
Iowa vs. Florida  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

New Year’s Six Bowls

Capital One Orange Bowl

Saturday, December 30, 2016
New Miami Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Florida State vs. Michigan 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Penn State vs. USC 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Oklahoma vs. Auburn
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1:00 ET, ESPN
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

College Football Playoff

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA, 3:00 or 7:00 ET, ESPN
Alabama vs. Washington 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ, 3:00 or 7:00 ET, ESPN
Clemson vs. Ohio State 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 9, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

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