Week 12

College Football Playoff & Bowl Projections After Week 12


What will the College Football Playoff and bowl matchups be? It’s all here in the 2016 Week 12 Bowl Projections.


2016 After Week 12 Bowl Projections

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Before going crazy, here’s the thought.

Flip a coin on whether or not projected Big Ten champion Wisconsin or projected 11-1 Ohio State will get in. The call is that Alabama, Clemson and Washington – who’ll avenge loss to USC in the Pac-12 championship – will all get playoff spots, and with one spot open, the guess for now will be the Big Ten champ will get in – but again, that’s a 50/50 guess and could easily be Ohio State.

The other big parts of these projections: 1) The Big Ten will get four New Year’s Six spots, 2) there will be three open bowls that can’t fill the spaces with six-win teams, and Boston College, UCLA and Vanderbilt will get in on Academic Progress Rate.

Obviously there’s going to be plenty of work to do over Thanksgiving weekend, but here we go, with the latest College Football Playoff and bowl projections.

– 2016-2017 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM, 2:00 ET, ESPN
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Western Kentucky vs. New Mexico 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 3:30 ET, ABC
Mountain West vs. Pac-12
Boise State vs. Arizona State 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL, 7:00 ET, CBS Sports Network
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Tulsa vs. Appalachian State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Monday, December 19, 2016

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami, FL, 2:30 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. MAC
Temple vs. Ohio  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL, ESPN
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
UCF vs. Middle Tennessee
– Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
BYU vs. Mountain West
BYU vs. San Diego State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, ID, 7:00 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West
Toledo vs. Wyoming
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Friday, December 23, 2016

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, 1:00 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. MAC
UTSA* vs. Miami Univ.   
*No American Athletic team projected available
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Navy vs. Big 12
Navy vs. TCU
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Central Michigan vs. Troy  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hawai’i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Old Dominion vs. Hawaii  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Monday, December 26, 2016

St. Petersburg Bowl

ACC vs. American Athletic
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00 am ET, ESPN
ACC vs. American Athletic
Boston College* vs. South Florida
*Boston College to get in on APR
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Vanderbilt* vs. Maryland 
*Vanderbilt to get in on APR
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC
UCLA* vs. Kentucky  
*UCLA to get in on APR
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Big Ten vs. Conference USA
Army* vs. North Texas
*No Big Ten team projected available
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. American Athletic
Georgia Tech vs. Houston
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Minnesota vs. Utah 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, 10:15 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Baylor vs. Colorado State* 
*Mountain West gets spot if no Pac-12
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big 12
North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, 8:30 ET, FOX
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Indiana vs. Washington State 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Texas 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
American Athletic vs. SEC
Memphis vs. South Carolina  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 5:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. SEC
Pitt vs. Ole Miss  
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
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
ACC vs. Pac-12
Florida State vs. Stanford
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Kansas State vs. Arkansas 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, 3:30 ET, ESPN
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Tennessee vs. Iowa
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ, Campus Insiders
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Idaho 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
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Auburn vs. Virginia Tech
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

TaxSlayer Bowl

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Georgia vs. Wake Forest
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Monday, January 2, 2017

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 1:00 ET, ABC
Big Ten vs. SEC
Nebraska vs. LSU 
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
ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame
Louisville vs. Michigan
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Ohio 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
Big 12 vs. SEC
Oklahoma vs. Florida
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1:00 ET, ESPN
at-large vs. at-large
Western Michigan vs. Penn State 
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
CFP vs. CFP
Alabama vs. Wisconsin 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Fiesta Bowl

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

2016 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins