College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2017.

College football's 2017 season is still over 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. After falling just short in an epic showdown against Clemson, Alabama is among the favorites to win it all in 2017 once again. Nick Saban's team is Athlon's pick to win it all in Atlanta, Ga., with Ohio State the biggest threat to the Crimson Tide. Florida State and Washington round out the CFB Playoff projections by Athlon Sports, with USC, Penn State, Clemson, Oklahoma and Auburn headlining the next set of contenders.

 

The 2017-18 bowl schedule features 40 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals are back on Jan. 1 this season. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 8.

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2017:

 

2017 College Football Conference Predictions

 

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2017

Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Orleans

Dec. 16

ESPN

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Louisiana Tech vs.

Troy 

Cure

Dec. 16

CBSSN

American vs. 

Sun Belt

SMU vs.

South Alabama 

Las Vegas

Dec. 16

ABC

MW vs.

Pac-12

 Boise State vs.

Colorado 

New Mexico

Dec. 16

ESPN

C-USA vs. 

MW

 Old Dominion vs.

Colorado State 

Camellia

Dec. 16

ESPN

MAC vs. 

Sun Belt

 Western Michigan vs.

Arkansas State 

Boca Raton

Dec. 19

ESPN

American vs.

C-USA

 UCF vs.

MTSU 

Frisco

Dec. 20

ESPN

American vs.

At-Large

 Houston vs.

BYU 

St. Petersburg

Dec. 21

ESPN

American vs.

C-USA

Temple vs.

Southern Miss 

Bahamas 

Dec. 22

ESPN

C-USA vs. 

MAC

 UTSA vs.

Ohio 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

ESPN

MAC vs. 

MW

 Toledo vs.

San Diego State 

Birmingham

Dec. 23

ESPN

American vs.

SEC

 Tulsa vs.

Vanderbilt 

Armed Forces

Dec. 23

ESPN

Army vs. 

Big Ten

 Army vs.

Minnesota 

Dollar General

Dec. 23

ESPN

MAC vs. 

Sun Belt

 Miami (Ohio) vs.

Appalachian State 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

ESPN

American vs. 

MW

 Memphis vs.

Hawaii 

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 26

ESPN

Big 12 vs.

C-USA

 TCU vs.

WKU 

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten

 Wake Forest vs.

Michigan State 

Cactus

Dec. 26

ESPN

 

Big 12 vs. 

Pac-12

 Kansas State vs.

Utah 

Independence

Dec. 27

ESPN

ACC vs. 

SEC

 Pitt vs.

Texas A&M 

Pinstripe

Dec. 27

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten

 North Carolina vs.

Nebraska 

Foster Farms

Dec. 27

FOX

Big Ten vs. 

Pac-12

 Iowa vs.

Washington State 

Texas

Dec. 27

ESPN

Big 12 vs. 

SEC

Baylor vs.

Arkansas 

Military

Dec. 28

ESPN

ACC vs.

American

 Georgia Tech vs.

Navy 

Camping World 

Dec. 28

ESPN

ACC vs.

Big 12

 Notre Dame vs.

Oklahoma State 

Holiday

Dec. 28

FS1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

Northwestern vs.

Oregon 

Alamo

Dec. 28

ESPN

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

Texas vs.

Stanford  

Belk

Dec. 29

ESPN

ACC vs.

SEC

 Louisville vs.

Florida 

Sun

Dec. 29

CBS

ACC vs. 

Pac-12

 NC State vs.

UCLA 

Music City

Dec. 29

ESPN

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

Indiana vs.

Kentucky 

TaxSlayer

Dec. 30

ESPN

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

Liberty

Dec. 30

ABC

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 West Virginia vs.

South Carolina 

Arizona

Dec. 30

CBSSN

MW vs.

Sun Belt

Wyoming vs.

Idaho 

Outback

Jan. 1

ESPN2

Big Ten vs.

SEC

Wisconsin vs.

Tennessee 

Citrus

Jan. 1

ABC

ACC/Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Miami vs.

Georgia 

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Cotton

Dec. 29

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Michigan vs.

Oklahoma 

Fiesta

Dec. 30

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 LSU vs.

USC 

Capital One Orange

Dec. 30

ESPN

ACC vs. 

Big Ten/SEC/ND

 Clemson vs.

Penn State 

Chick-fil-A

Jan. 1

ESPN

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Auburn vs.

USF 

       

College Football Playoff

Rose

Jan. 1

ESPN

Playoff

Semifinal

 Florida State vs.

Ohio State 

Sugar

Jan. 1

ESPN

Playoff

Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Washington 

       

National Championship

CFB National Championship

(Atlanta, Ga.)

Jan. 8

ESPN

Rose Winner vs.

Sugar Winner

 Alabama vs.

Ohio State 

 

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

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