Last week, a lot of scores were settled in the last regular season games of the 2016 NCAA Football season. Nothing was really cemented and put in place, though, as the Conference Championship Weekend needed to take place with eight big games determining the top teams in different conferences. Now, every single game in the regular season and the conference championships are being played, so that means it is time to check out the 2016 NCAA college football bowl game projections.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, some interesting things took place. No. 17 Western Michigan completed a 13-0 undefeated season with a 29-23 defeat of Ohio in the MAC Championship. As recapped by ESPN, No. 4 Washington trounced No. 8 Colorado 41-10 in the PAC-12 Championship and possibly secured their spot in the College Football Playoffs.
Washington seemingly locked up a playoff spot with a dominant win over Colorado in the Pac-12 title game. https://t.co/tUGv3GlHBO pic.twitter.com/DtwfqsS7CQMany thought that Navy could cause some problems for the selection committee, but their 34-10 loss to Temple in the AAC Championship squashed that.
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) December 3, 2016
Please remember that these are only projections for the college bowl games and not set in stone. Only a few teams have accepted bowl invitations as of this writing. BYU is one of them and they are going to the Poinsettia Bowl, as reported by the official school website.
The following college football bowl projections were put together by CBS Sports with some by SB Nation and have been updated throughout the season. Each projection is 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.
Teams in bold have officially accepted invitations.
College Football Playoff
- Championship Game - Jan. 9, 2017: TBD
- Fiesta Bowl - Dec. 31, 2016: Clemson vs. Ohio State (Semifinal)
- Peach Bowl - Dec. 31, 2016: Alabama vs. Washington (Semifinal)
SUGAR BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. SECDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Oklahoma vs. Auburn
ROSE BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. Pac-12Date: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Penn State vs. Colorado
SB Nation believes this will be Penn State vs. USC, with Colorado heading to the Alamo Bowl to take on Oklahoma State.
COTTON BOWLMatchup: At-Large vs. At-LargeDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: W. Michigan vs. Wisconsin
ORANGE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big Ten or SECDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Florida State vs. Michigan
In this match-up, SB Nation has Louisville taking on Michigan with FSU falling to the Russell Athletic Bowl against West Virginia.
Remaining Bowl Games
OUTBACK BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. SECDate: Jan. 2, 2017Projection: Nebraska vs. Florida
TAXSLAYER BOWLMatchup: Dec. 31, 2016Date: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECProjection: Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
CITRUS BOWLMatchup: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECDate: Dec. 31, 2016Projection: Louisville vs. LSU
ARIZONA BOWLMatchup: CUSA/Mountain West/Sun BeltDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Air Force vs. South Alabama
MUSIC CITY BOWLMatchup: ACC/Big Ten vs. SECDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: Minnesota vs. Kentucky
SUN BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big 12Date: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: North Carolina vs. Stanford
LIBERTY BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. SECDate: Dec. 30, 2016Projection: TCU vs. Georgia
ALAMO BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 29, 2016Projection: Oklahoma State vs. USC
BELK BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. SECDate: Dec. 29, 2016Projection: Virginia Tech 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. Utah
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big 12Date: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Miami (FL) vs. West Virginia
PINSTRIPE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big TenDate: Dec. 28, 2016Projection: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
CACTUS BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Baylor vs. Boise State
HOLIDAY BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. Pac-12Date: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Iowa vs. Washington State
MILITARY BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. AmericanDate: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: N.C. State vs. Temple
HEART OF DALLAS BOWLMatchup: Big Ten vs. CUSADate: Dec. 27, 2016Projection: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech
INDEPENDENCE BOWLMatchup: SEC vs. ACCDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: South Carolina vs. Wake Forest
QUICK LANE BOWLMatchup: ACC vs. Big TenDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: Boston College vs. Maryland
ST. PETERSBURG BOWLMatchup: American vs. ACCDate: Dec. 26, 2016Projection: Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State
HAWAII BOWLMatchup: CUSA vs. MACDate: Dec. 24, 2016Projection: Middle Tennessee State vs. Hawai'i
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: Ohio vs. Arkansas State
ARMED FORCES BOWLMatchup: Big 12 vs. NavyDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: North Texas vs. Navy
BAHAMAS BOWLMatchup: CUSA vs. MACDate: Dec. 23, 2016Projection: Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
IDAHO POTATO BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Mountain WestDate: Dec. 22, 2016Projection: Idaho vs. Colorado State
POINSETTIA BOWLMatchup: Mountain West vs. BYUDate: Dec. 21, 2016Projection: Wyoming vs. BYU
BOCA RATON BOWLMatchup: American vs. CUSADate: Dec. 20, 2016Projection: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
MIAMI BEACH BOWLMatchup: American vs. MACDate: Dec. 19, 2016Projection: UCF vs. Central Michigan
NEW ORLEANS BOWLMatchup: Mountain West vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: Southern Mississippi vs. UL Lafayette
CURE BOWLMatchup: American vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: South Florida vs. Toledo
CAMELLIA BOWLMatchup: MAC vs. Sun BeltDate: Dec. 17, 2016Projection: Army vs. Troy
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.
Baylor's loss to No. 16 West Virginia; Oklahoma taking down Oklahoma State; and Alabama absolutely decimating Florida in the SEC Championship have all made adjustments to the list. All of those games and outcomes will help determine who goes where in many of the bowl games.
SEC CHAMPS!The 2016 NCAA college football bowl season is one of the most enjoyable times of every year for big-time sports fans. After the Conference Championship Weekend, many are still waiting to see where their favorite school/team is going to play in December or hopefully, in January. These projections are about as close that things can possibly get before the Selection Show on Sunday, and as usual, there will be some shocks and surprises.
Alabama defeats Florida, 54-16, to win its 3rd straight SEC title. pic.twitter.com/oIDjcqxWwi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2016
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