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2016 CFN Preseason Bowl Projections


What’s going to happen this post-season and where will each worthy team go bowling? It’s all here in the 2016 preseason bowl projections.


2016 Preseason Bowl Projections

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2016 Conference Preseason Bowl Projections
AAC | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

If you don’t want to know what’s going to happen at the end, turn away now, because these are the answers.

The 2016 College Football News Bowl Projections are more than just thoughts and guesses; they’re the look into the crystal ball telling you what’s going to happen at the end of all the fun.

The biggest difference this season? All the crazy-cool early season games that’ll tag several CFP-worthy teams with a big loss. That means we’re almost certainly due for a few Power 5 conference champions with more than one L.

If that happens, welcome to the potential for chaos to ensue with an unbeaten Group of Five champion getting the call over a two-loss ACC and Pac-12 champion.

Taking into account all the wild twists and turns we’re about to experience, America, I present to you the 2016 preseason bowl projections. If you want to figure out how this all sort of gets put together, check out the 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
UTEP vs. Utah State

Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 3:30 ET, ABC
Mountain West vs. Pac-12
San Diego State vs. Stanford

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Ohio vs. Appalachian State

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL, 7:00 ET, CBS Sports Network
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Temple vs. Georgia Southern

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-Lafayette

Monday, December 19, 2016

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami, FL, 2:30 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. MAC
Cincinnati vs. Central Michigan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL, ESPN
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
South Florida vs. Marshall

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
BYU vs. Mountain West (MAC conditional tie-in)
Bowling Green* vs. Air Force
*BYU not predicted to finish with six wins.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, ID, 7:00 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Mountain West
Toledo vs. Nevada

Friday, December 23, 2016

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, 1:00 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. MAC
Memphis vs. Northern Illinois

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Navy vs. Big 12
Navy vs. Kansas State

Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Western Michigan vs. Arkansas State

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hawai’i Bowl

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI, 8:00 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. Mountain West
Middle Tennessee vs. Colorado State

Monday, December 26, 2016

St. Petersburg Bowl

ACC vs. American Athletic
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00 am ET, ESPN
Syracuse vs. UCF

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big Ten
NC State vs. Maryland

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
ACC vs. SEC
Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky

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. WKU

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

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Iowa vs. UCLA

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, 10:15 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
West Virginia vs. Utah

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, 2:00 ET, ABC
ACC vs. Big Ten
North Carolina vs. Nebraska

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. Big 12
Florida State vs. Baylor

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, 8:30 ET, FOX
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Minnesota vs. Washington

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi State

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, AL, 2:00 ET, ESPN
American Athletic vs. SEC
Duke vs. Auburn

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 5:30 ET, ESPN
ACC vs. SEC
Miami vs. Missouri

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
TCU vs. USC

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX, CBS
ACC vs. Pac-12
Clemson vs. Arizona State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, 3:30 ET, ESPN
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Ole Miss vs. Penn State

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ, Campus Insiders
Sun Belt* vs. Mountain West
Southern Miss vs. New Mexico
*
no Sun Belt team projected to be bowl eligible

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Georgia vs. Michigan

TaxSlayer Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Florida vs. Pitt

Monday, January 2, 2017

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 1:00 ET, ABC
SEC vs. Big Ten
Arkansas vs. Wisconsin

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. Alabama

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Michigan State vs. Oregon

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Texas vs. Tennessee

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1:00 ET, ESPN
at-large vs. at-large
Notre Dame vs. Houston

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
LSU vs. Oklahoma

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. Boise State

College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 9, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Ohio State vs. LSU

2016 Conference Preseason Bowl Projections
AAC | ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

2016 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins