The first eight weeks of the college football season are in the books and Week 8 produced one of the season's biggest upsets with Penn State's victory over Ohio State. While the Buckeyes dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten, the path for coach Urban Meyer's team is still there to earn a playoff spot. Ohio State takes on Michigan in the regular season finale and could face Wisconsin or Nebraska again in the Big Ten Championship. For now, our projections still have the Buckeyes reaching the playoffs and facing Alabama in the National Championship.
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 are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
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 8 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 eight weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.
* Indicates conferences did not have enough projected teams to fill tie-ins.