Just two weeks remain in college football’s 2016 season. While the regular season is winding down, the bowl picture is starting to clear for all 10 conferences and rivalry week should add even more certainty to postseason destinations for eligible teams. Considering the 2016-17 bowl season is less than one month away, 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 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.
* Indicates conferences did not have enough projected teams to fill tie-ins.