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College Football Bowl Projections – Week 13

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College football bowl projections for Week 13 of the 2016 season. Ohio State survives a major upset bid by Michigan State.


As teams across the country try to get eligible for the postseason, there has been some shakeup to the latest bowl projections.

With its impressive home win over Washington State, Colorado now takes a spot in the Rose Bowl, which had Utah as the Pac-12 rep last week. The Utes, however, were stunned at home by Oregon, which just may stick with Mark Helfrich after all.

Meanwhile, LSU lost its spot in the Sugar Bowl following its loss to Florida in Baton Rouge. Three-loss Tennessee is now the scheduled opponent for Oklahoma.

There’s a new MAC kid on the block, as Miami (OH) makes its first appearance in the projections. The RedHawks are scheduled for a date with Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Where does your favorite team land in this week’s projections?

Note I: An asterisk (*) denotes that the respective league did not have enough teams eligible to fill its bowl slot, thus it went to a team from a different league.

Bowl Projections

Cure Bowl

Date: Dec. 17
Location: Orlando, Florida
Tie-ins: AAC/Sun Belt
Cure Bowl Projection: UCF (AAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt)

Las Vegas Bowl

Date: Dec. 17
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Tie-ins: Mountain West/Pac-12
Las Vegas Bowl Projection: Boise State (MW) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)

Camellia Bowl

Date: Dec. 17
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Tie-ins: MAC/Sun Belt
Camellia Bowl Projection: Eastern Michigan (MAC) vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt)

New Mexico Bowl

Date: Dec. 17
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tie-ins: Conference USA/Mountain West
New Mexico Bowl Projection: Western Kentucky (C-USA) vs. Wyoming (MW)

New Orleans Bowl

Date: Dec. 17
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Tie-ins: Conference USA/Sun Belt
New Orleans Bowl Projection: Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. South Alabama (Sun Belt)

Miami Beach Bowl

Date: Dec. 19
Location: Miami, Florida
Tie-ins: AAC/MAC
Miami Beach Bowl Projection: Memphis (AAC) vs. Central Michigan (MAC)

Boca Raton Bowl

Date: Dec. 20
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Tie-ins: AAC/Conference USA
Boca Raton Bowl Projection: Tulsa (AAC) vs. Old Dominion (C-USA)

Poinsettia Bowl

Date: Dec. 21
Location: San Diego, California
Tie-ins: MAC/Mountain West/BYU (BYU tied to bowl if not in CFP)
Poinsettia Bowl Projection: BYU vs. San Diego State (MW)

Idaho Potato Bowl

Date: Dec. 22
Location: Boise, Idaho
Tie-ins: MAC/Mountain West
Idaho Potato Bowl Projection: Akron (MAC) vs. Air Force (MW)

Bahamas Bowl

Date: Dec. 23
Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Tie-ins: AAC/MAC
Bahamas Bowl Projection: USF (AAC) vs. Toledo (MAC)

Armed Forces Bowl

Date: Dec. 23
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Tie-ins: AAC/Big 12/Navy (automatically takes spot if eligible)
Armed Forces Bowl Projection: Baylor (Big 12) vs. Navy

Dollar General Bowl

Date: Dec. 23
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Tie-ins: MAC/Sun Belt
Dollar General Bowl Projection: Ohio (MAC) vs. Troy (Sun Belt)

Hawaii Bowl

Date: Dec. 24
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Tie-ins: Conference USA/Mountain West
Hawaii Bowl Projection: Middle Tennessee (C-USA) vs. Hawaii (MW)

Quick Lane Bowl

Date: Dec. 26
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
Quick Lane Bowl Projection: NC State (ACC) vs. Indiana (Big Ten)

St. Petersburg Bowl

Date: Dec. 26
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC/AAC
St. Petersburg Bowl Projection: Army* (Independent) vs. SMU (AAC)

Independence Bowl

Date: Dec. 26
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Tie-ins: ACC/SEC
Independence Bowl Projection: Wake Forest (ACC) vs. UTSA* (Conference USA)

Military Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Tie-ins: ACC/AAC
Military Bowl Projection: Pittsburgh (ACC) vs. Temple (AAC)

Holiday Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: San Diego, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Holiday Bowl Projection: Minnesota (Big Ten) vs. Utah (Pac-12)

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: Dallas, Texas
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Conference USA
Heart of Dallas Bowl Projection: Miami of Ohio* (MAC) vs. Southern Miss (C-USA)

Cactus Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Tie-ins: Big 12/Pac-12
Cactus Bowl Projection: TCU (Big 12) vs. Colorado State* (MW)

Texas Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: Houston, Texas
Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
Texas Bowl Projection: Kansas State (Big 12) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)

Russell Athletic Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: Orlando, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC/Big 12
Russell Athletic Bowl Projection: Miami (ACC) vs. West Virginia (Big 12)

Pinstripe Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: New York, New York
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
Pinstripe Bowl Projection: Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Maryland (Big Ten)

Foster Farms Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: Santa Clara, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Foster Farms Bowl Projection: Northwestern (Big Ten) vs. Washington State (Pac-12)

Birmingham Bowl

Date: Dec. 29
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Tie-ins: AAC/SEC
Birmingham Bowl Projection: Houston (AAC) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Belk Bowl

Date: Dec. 29
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Tie-ins: ACC/SEC
Belk Bowl Projection: Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Arkansas (SEC)

Alamo Bowl

Date: Dec. 29
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Tie-ins: Big 12/Pac-12
Alamo Bowl Projection: Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. USC (Pac-12)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Date: Dec. 30
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Tie-ins: Mountain West/Sun Belt
Arizona Bowl Projection: New Mexico (MW) vs. Idaho (Sun Belt)

Sun Bowl

Date: Dec. 30
Location: El Paso, Texas
Tie-ins: ACC/Pac-12
Sun Bowl Projection: North Carolina (ACC) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)

Liberty Bowl

Date: Dec. 30
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
Liberty Bowl Projection: Texas (Big 12) vs. Kentucky (SEC)

Music City Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
Music City Bowl Projection: Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Georgia (SEC)

TaxSlayer Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
TaxSlayer Bowl Projection: Florida State (ACC) vs. Auburn (SEC)

Citrus Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Orlando, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
Citrus Bowl Projection: Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. LSU (SEC)

Outback Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: Tampa, Florida
Tie-ins: Big Ten/SEC
Outback Bowl Projection: Penn State (Big Ten) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)

New Year’s Six Bowl Projections

Orange Bowl

Date: Dec. 30
Location: Miami, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame
Orange Bowl Projection: Louisville (ACC) vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten)

Rose Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: Pasadena, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Rose Bowl Projection: Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. Colorado (Pac-12)

Sugar Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
Sugar Bowl Projection: Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. Tennessee (SEC)

Cotton Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: Arlington, Texas
Tie-ins: At-Large/At-Large
Cotton Bowl Projection: Florida (SEC) vs. Western Michigan (MAC)

College Football Playoff Projections

Semifinal No. 1 – Fiesta Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Tie-ins: CFP No. 2/CFP No. 3
Fiesta Bowl Projection: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Clemson

John O’Korn made his first start for the Wolverines at quarterback, and the redshirt junior struggled to lead an offense that was averaging 45 points and 232 yards through the air. Jim Harbaugh’s squad will now get ready for the regular-season finale against Ohio State.

Meanwhile, the Tigers had something to prove after a last-second loss to Pitt. Clemson reeled off touchdowns on its first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead and held Wake Forest to 197 yards in the win.

Semifinal No. 2 – Peach Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Tie-ins: CFP No. 1/CFP No. 4
Peach Bowl Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Washington

The Crimson Tide arguably endured their least-impressive performance of the season in a win over FCS Chattanooga, and left tackle Cam Robinson left with a shoulder injury. However, Saban expects him to be able to play in the Iron Bowl, where Nick Saban will look for his third straight win over Gus Malzahn.

Meanwhile, the Huskies snapped a 10-game losing streak to Arizona State despite a slow start, which was erased with a 21-point second quarter that helped put Chris Petersen’s squad fully in control.

College Football National Championship Game

Date: Jan. 9
Location: Tampa, FL
Tie-ins: Semifinal winners
Championship Game Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Clemson

MORE: Projected AP Top 25 Rankings – Week 13

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