Week 14

College Football Playoff & Bowl Projections: What We Know After CFP Rankings

2016 After CFP Nov. 29 Rankings Bowl Projections


What will the College Football Playoff and bowl matchups be? After the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings came out, what do we know and what’s about to happen?


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Did the next-to-last College Football Playoff rankings give us a glimmer into what the final bowl picture is going to look like on Sunday? To some extent, yeah. At least now we seem to know where some key bowls stand.

– We don’t know just how much the conference championships will matter until they’re over. Talk all you want about how much Penn State deserves a CFP spot if it wins the Big Ten title, or if Colorado has a path by beating Washington, or if Ohio State is safe at No. 2. Don’t get too into the latest rankings – we still don’t really know. However …

– Auburn at 14 and Florida at 15 means the Tigers are almost certainly in the Sugar Bowl vs. the Big 12 if Florida loses in the SEC championship.

– Florida State at 12 and Louisville at 13 means the Seminoles are almost certainly in the Orange Bowl vs. Michigan.

– USC at 11 and Colorado at 8 probably means that the Trojans will be in the Rose Bowl if the Buffs lose in the Pac-12 Championship. Probably.

– The Cotton Bowl is going to be a mess if No. 19 Navy beats Temple in the AAC Championship. If that happens, no matter what No. 17 Western Michigan does in the MAC Championship, the committee might have to wait until the Navy game vs. Army on December 10th before deciding which Group of 5 champ is worthy of the New Year’s Six slot. If it’s Navy that gets in, that throws the entire puzzle below into complete and utter chaos.

It seems certain now that the top three 5-7 APR teams are, in this order: North Texas, Mississippi State, and Texas.

Changed up whenever news and info breaks, the latest College Football Playoff and bowl projections.

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– 2016-2017 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins
College Football Playoff & Bowl Selection Rules Breakdown

Click on each bowl for history, projection, and soon, preview and pick.

Teams in red have accepted their bowl bids. 
Latest teams to accept: Eastern Michigan, Old Dominiony to Popeyes Bahama Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM, 2:00 ET, ESPN
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Southern Miss 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
Wyoming vs. *Mississippi State
*Mississippi State to get in on APR
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Miami Univ. 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

Monday, December 19, 2016

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

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami, FL, 2:30 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. MAC
UCF 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
Temple vs. Western Kentucky
– 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. Boise 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
Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan  
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. *North Texas 
*No Big 12 team projected available, North Texas in on APR
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
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
ACC vs. American Athletic
Boston College vs. South Florida 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
*Army vs. Maryland 
*No ACC team projected available
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC
Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt  
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
*Texas vs. UTSA
*Texas to get in on APR
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
NC State 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
Nebraska vs. Washington State
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
Georgia Tech 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
Louisville 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. Utah 
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
TCU 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
North Carolina vs. Kentucky
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
Pitt 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. 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
Tennessee vs. Minnesota
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
Florida 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
Arkansas vs. Miami
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
Iowa 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
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
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Wisconsin 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. 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
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. 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
CFP vs. CFP
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
Alabama vs. Ohio State
Bowl game info and where to buy tickets

2016 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins