Last Word on College Football 2017 Bowl Projections (Championship Week)

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The 2017 Bowl season begins on December 16th with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and concludes with the National Championship game on January 8th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thanksgiving weekend always gives us a lot to be thankful for in the College Football world. One of those things is shakeups in the top ten. The top two teams in the College Football Playoff went down this weekend which will beg two burning questions over the next week. Even with Miami losing to Pittsburgh, do the Hurricanes still control their own destiny? Does Alabama have a strong enough resume to get in as a one-loss team that didn’t win their own division in the SEC? How will these results impact our 2017 Bowl Projections heading into championship weekend?

There are four monumental championship games that will impact the College Football Playoff and the remainder of the bowls as they fall into place. Oklahoma, Clemson, Auburn, and Wisconsin are all in a win and you’re in scenario but certainly, that will be easier said than done. Oklahoma and Auburn are in similar positions as they head into a conference championship game against teams they won easily against just three weeks ago. The Sooners won by 18 points, while the Tigers won by 23. Both of those were home games, but now they face TCU and Georgia on a neutral field.

Meanwhile, Clemson will take on Miami in the ACC championship game where it looks like both teams may be going in opposite directions. The Hurricanes have struggled over the last couple of weeks against inferior opponents in Virginia and Pittsburgh. However, they have played their best when the lights are the brightest. Clemson was dominant on both sides of the ball in their victory against South Carolina. In Indianapolis, perhaps the most intriguing of matchups will be between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is undefeated and Ohio State has lost twice and the Buckeyes are favored? If Ohio State wins this game, let the madness begin. You won’t want to miss a second of these tremendous games this weekend.

R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans (1 p.m., ESPN)
Troy vs Louisiana Tech

AutoNation Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (2:30 p.m., CBSSN)
UCLA vs Georgia State

Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas (3:30 p.m., ABC)
Boise State vs Arizona

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Middle Tennessee vs San Diego State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. (8 p.m., ESPN)
Akron vs. Arkansas State

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, Fla. (7 p.m., ESPN)
Temple vs. Florida International

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas (8 p.m., ESPN)
Houston vs. Marshall

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla. (8 p.m., ESPN)
South Florida vs. Florida Atlantic

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas (12:30 p.m., ESPN)
UAB vs. Ohio

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise (4 p.m., ESPN)
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, Ala. (12 p.m., ESPN)
Memphis vs Western Kentucky

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
UTSA vs. Army

Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala. (7 p.m., ESPN)
Toledo vs Appalachian State

SUNDAY, DEC. 24

Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
SMU vs. Colorado State

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Texas Tech vs. North Texas

Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
Central Michigan vs. Duke

Cactus Bowl, Phoenix (9 p.m., ESPN)
Kansas State vs Oregon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La. (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Florida State vs Southern Mississippi

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, New York (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
Boston College vs. Iowa

Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif. (8 p.m., FOX)
Northwestern vs Washington State

Texas Bowl, Houston (9 p.m., ESPN)
Texas vs Utah

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md. (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Virginia vs Navy

Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
Virginia Tech vs. Iowa State

Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma State vs. Washington

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, San Diego (9 p.m., FS1)
Michigan vs. Stanford

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C. (1 p.m., ESPN)
Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State

Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas (2 p.m., CBS)
Louisville vs. Arizona State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn. (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Kentucky vs. Purdue

Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Ariz. (5:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Wyoming vs New Mexico State

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla. (12 p.m., ESPN)
NC State vs Texas A&M

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. (12:30 p.m., ABC)
West Virginia vs. Missouri

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla. (12 p.m., ESPN2)
South Carolina vs. Michigan State

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (1 p.m., ABC)
Notre Dame vs LSU

 

NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWLS

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas (Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Penn State vs TCU

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 4 p.m., ESPN)
USC vs. Ohio State

Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla. (Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN)
Miami vs Alabama

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta (Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m., ESPN)
Central Florida vs. Georgia

 

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Pasadena, Calif. (Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN)
Oklahoma vs. Auburn

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans (Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m., ESPN)
Clemson vs Wisconsin

College Football Playoff National Championship, Atlanta (Jan. 8, 8 p.m., ESPN)
Clemson vs Oklahoma

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