Week 11 provided its share of upsets for the 2016 college football season. Clemson, Michigan and Washington were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, while Auburn and Texas A&M – two of the selection committee’s top-10 teams – were also defeated in SEC play last Saturday.
Now that the dust has settled from Week 11, it’s time to pick up the pieces and examine what type of impact the upsets will have on the bowl season. There’s a long way to go this year, but for now, last week’s results didn’t change much in our projections. If Alabama, Clemson, Washington and Ohio State win out, that’s our guess on the top four. However, Louisville, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan are still in the mix.
The start of college football’s 2016-17 bowl season is less than two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. The first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings by the committee were released on Nov. 1 and continue each Tuesday until the first Sunday in December after the conference championship games.
The bowl season features 41 matchups, with five games on Dec. 17 starting the 2016-17 slate. The postseason concludes on Jan. 9 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.
The post-Week 11 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 11 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.
* Indicates conferences did not have enough projected teams to fill tie-ins.