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College Football's Post-Week 7 Bowl Projections

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The first seven 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 and Michigan are three teams on the rise in 2016 and should factor into the playoff picture. In Week 6, Alabama and Ohio State inched closer to an unbeaten record in Week 7, while Clemson needed overtime to beat NC State. Boise State holds onto the top spot for the Group of 5 teams in this week's projection. Additionally, the pool of projected teams to reach six or more wins is getting thin. Just like last season, a few teams with losing records could make a bowl game. 

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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.

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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 7 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 seven weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

College Football's Post-Week 7 Bowl Projections

Bowl

Date

Matchup

Projection

New Mexico

Dec. 17

C-USA vs. MW

 UTSA vs. Colorado State 

Las Vegas

Dec. 17

Pac-12 vs. MW

San Diego State vs. Arizona State 

AutoNation Cure

Dec. 17

American vs. Sun Belt

UConn vs. Georgia Southern 

Camellia

Dec. 17

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Akron vs. Troy 

New Orleans

Dec. 17

C-USA vs. Sun Belt

 Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette 

Miami Beach

Dec. 19

American vs. MAC

 Western Michigan vs. Houston 

Boca Raton

Dec. 20

American/MAC vs. C-USA

 USF vs. MTSU 

Poinsettia

Dec. 21

BYU vs. MW

 BYU vs. Air Force 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 22

MW vs. MAC

 Central Michigan vs. Wyoming 

Bahamas

Dec. 23

American/MAC vs. C-USA

 Old Dominion vs. Ohio 

Armed Forces

Dec. 23

American vs. Big 12

 Kansas State vs. Navy 

Dollar General

Dec. 23

Sun Belt vs. MAC

 Toledo vs. Appalachian State 

Hawaii

Dec. 24

MW vs. C-USA

 WKU vs. Hawaii 

St. Petersburg

Dec. 26

American vs. ACC

Memphis vs. South Alabama* 

Quick Lane

Dec. 26

ACC vs. Big Ten

 NC State vs. Maryland 

Independence

Dec. 26

ACC vs. SEC

 Georgia Tech vs. Army* 

Heart of Dallas

Dec. 27

Big Ten vs. C-USA

 Louisiana Tech vs. Michigan State 

Military

Dec. 27

American vs. ACC

 Temple vs. Wake Forest 

Holiday

Dec. 27

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

 Penn State vs. Utah 

Cactus

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

 Texas vs. UCLA 

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

ACC vs. Big Ten

 Miami vs. Northwestern 

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

ACC vs. Big 12

 West Virginia vs. North Carolina 

Foster Farms

Dec. 28

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

 Minnesota vs. USC 

Texas

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. SEC

 Ole Miss vs. TCU 

Birmingham

Dec. 29

American vs. SEC

 Tulsa vs. Arkansas State*  

Belk

Dec. 29

ACC vs. SEC

 Georgia vs. Virginia Tech 

Alamo

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

 Baylor vs. Washington State 

Liberty

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. SEC

 Missouri vs. Oklahoma State 

Sun

Dec. 30

ACC/ND vs. Pac-12

 Pitt vs. Colorado 

Arizona

Dec. 30

Sun Belt vs. MW

New Mexico vs. Idaho 

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 Auburn vs. Indiana 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus

Dec. 31

Big Ten vs. SEC

Florida vs. Nebraska 

TaxSlayer

Dec. 31

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 LSU vs. Florida State 

Outback

Jan. 2

Big Ten vs. SEC

 Arkansas vs. Iowa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year's Six

 

 

 

Orange

Dec. 30

ACC vs. ND/SEC/Big Ten

 Louisville vs. Tennessee 

Cotton

Jan. 2

At-large vs. At-large

 Boise State vs. Wisconsin 

Rose

Jan. 2

Big Ten vs. Pac-12

 Michigan vs. Stanford 

Sugar

Jan. 2

Big 12 vs. SEC

 Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M 

 

 

 

 

CFB Playoff

 

 

 

Chick-fil-A Peach

Dec. 31

Playoff Semifinal

 Alabama vs. Washington 

Fiesta

Dec. 31

Playoff Semifinal

 Ohio State vs. Clemson 

 

 

 

 

National Title

Jan. 9

Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner

 Alabama vs. Ohio State