2016 NCAA College Football Bowl Projections For All 41 Bowl Games After Conference Championship Weekend

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.

Many thought that Navy could cause some problems for the selection committee, but their 34-10 loss to Temple in the AAC Championship squashed that.

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)
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: 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.

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.

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