College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

Where do teams stack up after Week 8?

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.

 

College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections
Bowl Date Matchup Projection
New Mexico Dec. 17

C-USA vs.

MW

Colorado State vs.

UTEP 

Las Vegas Dec. 17

Pac-12 vs.

MW

 Stanford vs.

San Diego State 

AutoNation Cure Dec. 17

American vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs.

UCF 

Camellia Dec. 17

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

Akron vs.

Troy 

New Orleans Dec. 17

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 UL Lafayette vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami Beach Dec. 19

American vs.

MAC

 Houston vs.

Western Michigan 

Boca Raton Dec. 20

American/MAC vs.

C-USA

MTSU vs.

Memphis 

Poinsettia Dec. 21

BYU vs.

MW

 BYU vs.

Wyoming 

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 22

MW vs.

MAC

Central Michigan vs.

Air Force 

Bahamas Dec. 23

American/MAC vs.

C-USA

 Ohio vs.

Old Dominion 

Armed Forces Dec. 23

American vs.

Big 12

Texas vs.

Navy 

Dollar General Dec. 23

Sun Belt vs.

MAC

 Toledo vs.

Appalachian State 

Hawaii Dec. 24

MW vs.

C-USA

 Hawaii vs.

WKU 

St. Petersburg Dec. 26

American vs.

ACC

 Wake Forest vs.

USF 

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Syracuse vs.

Indiana 

Independence Dec. 26

ACC vs.

SEC

NC State vs.

Cincinnati* 

Heart of Dallas Dec. 27

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

Louisiana Tech vs.

Arkansas State* 

Military Dec. 27

American vs.

ACC

 Georgia Tech vs.

Temple 

Holiday Dec. 27

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Colorado vs.

Iowa 

Cactus Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Kansas State vs.

California 

Pinstripe Dec. 28

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Miami vs.

Maryland 

Russell Athletic Dec. 28

ACC vs.

Big 12

 West Virginia vs.

North Carolina 

Foster Farms Dec. 28

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 USC vs.

Minnesota 

Texas Dec. 28

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 TCU vs.

Georgia 

Birmingham Dec. 29

American vs.

SEC

 Tulsa vs.

South Alabama* 

Belk Dec. 29 ACC vs. SEC

 Virginia Tech vs.

Arkansas  

Alamo Dec. 29 Big 12 vs. Pac-12

 Baylor vs.

Washington State  

Liberty Dec. 30 Big 12 vs. SEC

 Oklahoma State vs.

Kentucky 

Sun Dec. 30 ACC/ND vs. Pac-12

 Pitt vs.

Arizona State 

Arizona Dec. 30 Sun Belt vs. MW

New Mexico vs.

Idaho 

Music City Dec. 30 ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 Ole Miss vs.

Northwestern 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Dec. 31 Big Ten vs. SEC

 Nebraska vs.

Auburn 

TaxSlayer Dec. 31 ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

 Florida State vs.

LSU 

Outback Jan. 2 Big Ten vs. SEC

 Penn State vs.

Florida 

       
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.

Utah 

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

Clemson vs.

Ohio State 

       
National Title Jan. 9 Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner

 Alabama vs.

Ohio State 

Event Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 18:17

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