July 06, 2016 - Dave Miller
Mid-Summer 2016-17 Bowl Projections
Follow @Miller_Dave With the Fourth of July holiday in the rear view mirror, a fresh college football season is on the horizon. By the end of the shortened work week, we will be just seven Fridays away from the Hawaii-Cal season opener, and we are approaching a mere eight Saturdays away from the first weekend action of the new season. So how will the 2016-17 postseason take shape? Here are my very early projections of where your favorite program could land. As always, these predictions are subject to change and will look different than my post-spring Top 25, which was more of a power rankings than anything else. In addition, there is always more studying to do, so I'm likely to re-slot some teams before the season begins as I become more familiar with 2016 depth charts, quirks in the schedules, etc. The College Football Playoff Semifinal—Dec. 31 Peach (Atlanta): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 TCU Semifinal—Dec. 31 Fiesta (Glendale): No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Ohio State Championship—Jan. 9 (Tampa): The winners of the two semifinals meet The CFP Selection Committee New Year’s Six bowl games Dec. 30 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC) vs. Notre Dame (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame) Jan. 2 Rose (Pasadena): Michigan (Big Ten) vs. Stanford (Pac-12) Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. LSU (SEC) Jan. 2 Cotton (Arlington): Tennessee (At-Large) vs. Houston (At-Large) The rest of the bowl slate Dec. 17 Cure (Orlando): East Carolina (AAC) vs. Troy (Sun Belt) Dec. 17 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Boise State (MWC) vs. Utah (Pac-12) Dec. 17 Camelia (Montgomery): NIU (MAC) vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt) Dec. 17 New Mexico (Albuquerque): Western Kentucky (C-USA) vs. New Mexico (MWC) Dec. 17 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) Dec. 19 Miami Beach (Miami): Memphis (AAC) vs. Central Michigan (MAC) Dec. 20 Boca Raton (Boca Raton): Tulsa (AAC) vs. Marshall (C-USA) Dec. 21 Poinsettia (San Diego): BYU (BYU) vs. Air Force (MWC) Dec. 22 Potato (Boise): Ohio (MAC) vs. Colorado State (MWC) Dec. 23 Bahamas (Nassau): UConn (AAC) vs. Toledo (MAC) Dec. 23 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Washington State* (Big 12) vs. Navy (Navy) Dec. 23 GoDaddy (Mobile): Western Michigan (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt) Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): FIU (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MWC) Dec. 26 Quick Lane (Detroit): NC State (ACC) vs. Indiana (Big Ten) Dec. 26 St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Temple (AAC) Dec. 26 Independence (Shreveport): Duke (ACC) vs. Mississippi State (SEC) Dec. 27 Military (Annapolis): Syracuse (ACC) vs. Cincinnati (AAC) Dec. 27 Holiday (San Diego): Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. Washington (Pac-12) Dec. 27 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): Maryland (Big Ten) vs. Southern Miss (C-USA) Dec. 27 Cactus (Tempe): Texas (Big 12) vs. Arizona (Pac-12) Dec. 28 Texas (Houston): Baylor (Big 12) vs. Arkansas (SEC) Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC) vs. West Virginia (Big 12) Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): Pitt (ACC) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten) Dec. 29 Birmingham (Birmingham): USF (AAC) vs. Missouri (SEC) Dec. 29 Belk (Charlotte): North Carolina (ACC) vs. Auburn (SEC) Dec. 29 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. USC (Pac-12) Dec. 30 Arizona (Tucson): San Diego State (MWC) vs. Georgia State (Sun Belt) Dec. 30 Sun (El Paso): Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Oregon (Pac-12) Dec. 30 Liberty (Memphis): Texas Tech (Big 12) vs. South Carolina (SEC) Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Penn State (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Texas A&M (SEC) Dec. 31 TaxSlayer (Jacksonville): Louisville (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Georgia (SEC) Dec. 31 Citrus (Orlando): Iowa (Big Ten/ACC) vs. Ole Miss (SEC) Jan. 2 Outback (Tampa): Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Florida (SEC) TBD Foster Farms (Santa Clara): Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. UCLA (Pac-12) Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.