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College Football Playoff & Bowl Projections After Week 5


What will the College Football Playoff and bowl matchups be? It’s all here in the 2016 Week 5 Bowl Projections.


2016 After Week 5 Bowl Projections

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Things just changed around with Washington’s win over Stanford and the Clemson victory over Louisville.

Boise State will go 13-0, but the schedule won’t be considered strong enough – the Mountain West is having a rough time – but it won’t get into the playoff, and it won’t even get a New Year’s Six bowl if Houston goes 12-1. Meanwhile, the Huskies aren’t above gacking away a game, but even at 12-1 they’d get in as the Pac-12 champ.

Also assume that the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC champions will get in unless there’s a big upset in the respective championship game. Three SEC and Big Ten teams will get New Year’s Six/College Football Playoff bid, while finding a worth Big 12 team for the NY6 is like a random grab-bag.

Got all that? Here we go with the bowl projections and College Football Playoff call after Week 5.

– 2016-2017 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

2016 Week 5 Rankings & Recaps 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM, 2:00 ET, ESPN
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Marshall vs. Air Force 
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. California
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Ohio vs. Troy
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. Georgia Southern
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. Louisiana 
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
UCF vs. Western Michigan 
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
Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss 
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. Utah State 
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
Temple vs. Akron 
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. Kansas State 
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. South Alabama 
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
Middle Tennessee 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
Oregon* vs. South Florida 
*No ACC team projected available
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
Wake Forest vs. Maryland 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC
Pitt vs. Texas Tech*
*No SEC team projected available
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
Indiana vs. Western Kentucky
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. East Carolina 
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
Michigan State vs. USC 
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
TCU vs. Arizona 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
ACC vs. Big Ten
Notre Dame vs. Minnesota
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big 12
Florida State vs. Oklahoma State 
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
Iowa vs. Colorado 
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. Missouri 
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. *Army
*No SEC team projected available
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Belk Bowl

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

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Baylor vs. UCLA 
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
North Carolina vs. Utah 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
West Virginia vs. Georgia 
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
LSU vs. Penn State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ, Campus Insiders
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Appalachian State vs. Nevada 
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
Florida vs. Miami 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

TaxSlayer Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Arkansas vs. NC State 
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. Ole Miss 
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. Wisconsin 
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
Michigan vs. Stanford 
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. Tennessee 
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
Houston vs. Texas A&M 
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. Washington 
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
Ohio State vs. Clemson 
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. Ohio State 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

2016 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins