College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2017.

The first 12 weeks of the college football season are in the books, and it's never too early to start thinking about postseason matchups and bowl projections. Following a light slate of action in Week 12, the projected top four have remained the same. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are the projected playoff teams, with Wisconsin, Auburn, Penn State, Georgia, USC, Miami and Notre Dame on track to make an appearance in a New Year's Six bowl. UCF is the projected top team from the Group of 5 conferences and is slotted into the Peach Bowl in this week's bowl prediction.

 

Headed into Week 12, California, Minnesota, Purdue, MTSU, Buffalo, UNLV, Duke, Texas Tech and Tulane are outside of our bowl projections and are on the bubble to make a bowl game.

 

The start of college football’s 2017-18 bowl season is still two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season features 40 matchups, with five games on Dec. 16 starting the 2017-18 slate. The postseason concludes on Jan. 8 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Jan. 1 this year.

 

The post-Week 12 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next two weeks, preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 12 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next two weeks.

 

College Football Bowl Projections After Week 12

Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Orleans

Dec. 16

ESPN

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 UAB vs.

Louisiana 

Cure

Dec. 16

CBSSN

American vs. 

Sun Belt

Bowl Projections for AkronAkron* vs.

Georgia State 

Las Vegas

Dec. 16

ABC

MW vs.

Pac-12

Bowl Projections for BYUBoise State vs.

Arizona State 

New Mexico

Dec. 16

ESPN

C-USA vs. 

MW

North Texas vs.

San Diego State 

Camellia

Dec. 16

ESPN

MAC vs. 

Sun Belt

 Northern Illinois vs.

Arkansas State 

Boca Raton

Dec. 19

ESPN

American vs.

C-USA

 Marshall vs.

Temple 

Frisco

Dec. 20

ESPN

American vs.

At-Large

 Houston vs.

UTSA* 

Bad Boy
Mowers Gasparilla

Dec. 21

ESPN

American vs.

C-USA

USF vs.

FAU 

Bahamas 

Dec. 22

ESPN

C-USA vs. 

MAC

 FIU vs.

Ohio 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

ESPN

MAC vs. 

MW

 Central Michigan vs.

Wyoming 

Birmingham

Dec. 23

ESPN

American vs.

SEC

 Troy* vs.

WKU*  

Armed Forces

Dec. 23

ESPN

Army vs. 

C-USA

 Army vs.

Southern Miss 

Dollar General

Dec. 23

ESPN

MAC vs. 

Sun Belt

 Toledo vs.

Appalachian State 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

ESPN

American vs. 

MW

  Colorado State vs.

SMU  

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 26

ESPN

Big 12 vs.

Big Ten

 Utah* vs.

Kansas State 

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten

 Western Michigan* vs.

Utah State*  

Cactus

Dec. 26

ESPN

 

Big 12 vs. 

Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.

Oregon 

Independence

Dec. 27

ESPN

ACC vs. 

SEC

 UCLA* vs.

Louisiana Tech* 

Pinstripe

Dec. 27

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten

 Boston College vs.

Iowa 

Foster Farms

Dec. 27

FOX

Big Ten vs. 

Pac-12

 Northwestern vs.

Washington State 

Texas

Dec. 27

ESPN

Big 12 vs. 

SEC

 Missouri vs.

Oklahoma State 

Military

Dec. 28

ESPN

ACC vs.

American

 Virginia vs.

Navy 

Camping World 

Dec. 28

ESPN

ACC vs.

Big 12

 NC State vs.

Texas 

Holiday

Dec. 28

FS1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

Bowl Projections for Michigan Michigan vs.

Stanford 

Alamo

Dec. 28

ESPN

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

Bowl Projections for TCUTCU vs.

Washington   

Belk

Dec. 29

ESPN

ACC vs.

SEC

 Wake Forest vs. 

South Carolina    

Sun

Dec. 29

CBS

ACC vs. 

Pac-12

 Florida State vs.

Arizona 

Music City

Dec. 29

ESPN

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

Indiana vs.

Kentucky 

TaxSlayer

Dec. 30

ESPN

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Louisville vs. 

Texas A&M 

Liberty

Dec. 30

ABC

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 Iowa State vs.

Memphis*   

Arizona

Dec. 30

CBSSN

MW vs.

Sun Belt

Fresno State vs.

New Mexico State 

Outback

Jan. 1

ESPN2

Big Ten vs.

SEC

Bowl Projections for Michigan State Michigan State vs.

LSU  

Citrus

Jan. 1

ABC

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

Bowl Projections for Virginia Tech Virginia Tech vs.

Mississippi State    

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Cotton

Dec. 29

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Notre Dame vs.

Penn State Bowl Projections for Penn State 

Fiesta

Dec. 30

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 USC vs.

Auburn Bowl Projections for Auburn

Capital One Orange

Dec. 30

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten/SEC/ND

 Miami vs.

Wisconsin Bowl Projections for Wisconsin Badgers

Chick-fil-A

Jan. 1

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Georgia vs. 

UCF  

       

College Football Playoff

Rose

Jan. 1

ESPN

Playoff

Semifinal

 Oklahoma vs.

Clemson 

Sugar

Jan. 1

ESPN

Playoff

Semifinal

Bowl Projections for Alabama Alabama vs.

Ohio State Bowl Projections for Ohio State

       

National Championship

CFB National Championship

(Atlanta, Ga.)

Jan. 8

ESPN

Rose Winner vs.

Sugar Winner

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

* Indicates conference is not expected to fill its allotment of bids and spot will be filled by at-large team. Bold indicates team has accepted bid to bowl. 

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 00:25

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