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College Football's Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

J.T. Barrett

J.T. Barrett

The first five weeks of the college football season are in the books. And as expected, the 2016 season has already experienced some unexpected teams on the rise and on the decline. Florida State was picked by many as a preseason favorite to reach the national championship, but the Seminoles are out of the picture with two losses. Louisville, Washington, Michigan and Tennessee are four teams on the rise through the first month of the season and should factor into the playoff picture.

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The start of college football’s 2016-17 bowl season is still than two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

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.

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The post-Week 5 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 five weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

College Football's Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

Bowl

Date

Matchup

Projection

New Mexico

Dec. 17

C-USA vs. MW

 New Mexico vs. Louisiana Tech 

Las Vegas

Dec. 17

Pac-12 vs. MW

 Boise State vs. USC 

AutoNation Cure

Dec. 17

American vs. Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs. Army* 

Camellia

Dec. 17

MAC vs. Sun Belt

 Troy vs. Akron 

New Orleans

Dec. 17

C-USA vs. Sun Belt

 UL Lafayette vs. Southern Miss 

Miami Beach

Dec. 19

American vs. MAC

 Western Michigan vs. USF 

Boca Raton

Dec. 20

American/MAC vs. C-USA

WKU vs. Memphis 

Poinsettia

Dec. 21

BYU vs. MW

 BYU vs. Air Force 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

MW vs. MAC

Central Michigan vs. San Diego State 

Bahamas

Dec. 23

American/MAC vs. C-USA

Ohio vs. Old Dominion 

Armed Forces

Dec. 23

American vs. Big 12

Texas Tech vs. Navy 

Dollar General

Dec. 23

Sun Belt vs. MAC

 Appalachian State vs. Toledo 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

MW vs. C-USA

 California* vs. MTSU 

St. Petersburg

Dec. 26

American vs. ACC

 Wake Forest vs. Tulsa 

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

ACC vs. Big Ten

 Pitt vs. Indiana 

Independence

Dec. 26

ACC vs. SEC

 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas State* 

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 27

Big Ten vs. C-USA

Marshall vs. Northwestern 

Military

Dec. 27

American vs. ACC

 NC State vs. Temple 

Holiday

Dec. 27

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

 Utah vs. Iowa 

Cactus

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Texas vs. Washington State 

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

ACC vs. Big Ten

Virginia Tech vs. Maryland 

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

ACC vs. Big 12

 West Virginia vs. Miami 

Foster Farms

Dec. 28

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

 Minnesota vs. Colorado 

Texas

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. SEC

 TCU vs. Georgia 

Birmingham

Dec. 29

American vs. SEC

 Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati 

Belk

Dec. 29

ACC vs. SEC

 North Carolina vs. LSU 

Alamo

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Baylor vs. UCLA 

Liberty

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. SEC

 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri 

Sun

Dec. 30

ACC/ND vs. Pac-12

 Notre Dame vs. Arizona State 

Arizona

Dec. 30

Sun Belt vs. MW

 South Alabama vs. Utah State 

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 Penn State vs. Auburn 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus

Dec. 31

Big Ten vs. SEC

 Nebraska vs. Ole Miss 

TaxSlayer

Dec. 31

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 Florida State vs. Arkansas 

Outback

Jan. 2

Big Ten vs. SEC

Michigan State vs. Florida