2016 NCAA College Football Bowl Projections For All 41 Bowl Games — Where Could Your Team End Up?

Christmas season is something that everyone looks forward to each and every single year. Along with the food, family gatherings, and presents, there is some great holiday programming that also includes bowl games. Yes, the 2016 NCAA college football bowl season arrives in just about three weeks and the projections are close to becoming real now that the final week of the regular season is over.

A number of conference championship games remain for the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, and many others. While those results will say a lot about which school is playing in which bowl game, some things can already be figured out as everyone looks to see where their team may end up going.

SB Nation believes there could be some problems for the college football playoff committee regarding the Big Ten. Ohio State defeated Michigan over the weekend and that means the Buckeyes will likely remain in the top two of the playoff rankings. The only problem is that Penn State defeated them earlier in the season and kept them out of the conference championship game.

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If Penn State wins the Big Ten Championship, is it really fair for Ohio State to be in the playoffs when they couldn't even win their own conference?

Please remember that these are only projections for the college bowl games and not set in stone. Only one team has accepted a bowl bid as of this writing and it is BYU to the Poinsettia Bowl for 2016 and 2018 as reported by the official school website.

Navy, as usual, will also play in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The following college football bowl projections were put together by CBS Sports and have been updated throughout the season. They are based on the current standings after the final week of the 2016 regular season. After the conference championship games, there could be a lot of changes based on bids, acceptance, and which teams are seeded where.

College Football Playoff

  • Championship Game - Jan. 9, 2017: Semifinal Winners
  • Fiesta Bowl - Dec. 31, 2016: Clemson vs. Ohio State (Semifinal)
  • Peach Bowl - Dec. 31, 2016: Alabama vs. Washington (Semifinal)
Selection Committee Bowl Games

SUGAR BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. SECDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Oklahoma vs. Auburn

ROSE BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. Pac-12Date: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Wisconsin vs. Colorado

COTTON BOWLMatchup: At-Large vs. At-LargeDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: W. Michigan vs. Penn State

ORANGE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC or NDDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Florida State vs. Michigan

Remaining Bowl Games

OUTBACK BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. SECDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Nebraska vs. LSU

TAXSLAYER BOWLMatchup: Dec. 31, 2016Date: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECProjection: North Carolina vs. Tennessee

CITRUS BOWLMatchup: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECDate: Dec. 31, 2016Projection: Louisville vs. Florida

ARIZONA BOWLMatchup: CUSA/Mountain West/Sun BeltDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: North Texas vs. Idaho

MUSIC CITY BOWLMatchup: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Iowa vs. Kentucky

SUN BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big 12Date: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Utah

LIBERTY BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. SECDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: TCU vs. Georgia

ALAMO BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 29, 2016Projection: West Virginia vs. USC

BELK BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. SECDate: Dec. 29, 2016Projection: Miami vs. Arkansas

BIRMINGHAM BOWLMatchup: American vs. SECDate: Dec. 29, 2016Projection: Tulsa vs. Vanderbilt

TEXAS BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. SECDate: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M

FOSTER FARMS BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Indiana vs. Stanford

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big 12Date: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

PINSTRIPE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big TenDate: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

CACTUS BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Baylor vs. Air Force

HOLIDAY BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Minnesota vs. Washington State

MILITARY BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. AmericanDate: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Army vs. Houston

HEART OF DALLAS BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. CUSADate: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Colorado State vs. W. Kentucky

INDEPENDENCE BOWLMatchup: SEC vs. ACCDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: South Carolina vs. N.C. State

QUICK LANE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big TenDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: Boston College vs. Maryland

ST. PETERSBURG BOWLMatchup: American vs. ACCDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: South Florida vs. Wake Forest

HAWAII BOWLMatchup: CUSA vs. MACDate: Dec. 24, 2016Projection: Old Dominion vs. Hawai'i

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: Ohio vs. Troy

ARMED FORCES BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. NavyDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: Mississippi State vs. Navy

BAHAMAS BOWLMatchup: CUSA vs. MACDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (OH)

IDAHO POTATO BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Mountain WestDate: Dec. 22, 2016Projection: Toledo vs. Boise State

POINSETTIA BOWLMatchup: Mountain West vs. BYUDate: Dec. 21, 2016Projection: Wyoming vs. BYU

BOCA RATON BOWLMatchup: American vs. CUSADate: Dec. 20, 2016Projection: Memphis vs. Southern Mississippi

MIAMI BEACH BOWLMatchup: American vs. MACDate: Dec. 19, 2016Projection: Temple vs. Central Michigan

NEW ORLEANS BOWLMatchup: Mountain West vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. UL Lafayette

CURE BOWLMatchup: American vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: UCF vs. South Alabama

CAMELLIA BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Arkansas State

LAS VEGAS BOWLMatchup: Mountain West vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: San Diego State vs. Appalachian State

NEW MEXICO BOWLMatchup: CUSA vs. Mountain WestDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: Texas-San Antonio vs. New Mexico

If a conference does not have enough teams qualify for their bowl game eligibility, there could be a replacement team put in their place. Examples of that in these projections are Air Force in the Cactus Bowl and Colorado State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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Campus Insiders agree with CBS for the most part for the SEC teams, but there are a few changes here and there. For instance, they have LSU facing Iowa in the Citrus Bowl while they put Florida in the Outback Bowl to take on Nebraska.

The 2016 NCAA college football bowl season is one of the best times of the year as it brings forth constant action for three weeks. Some of these projections are likely to change depending on the conference championship games, but there are many which could be spot on accurate. There is still time for schools to position themselves for a better bowl game and knock their rivals back into the early part of December.

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