Last Word on College Football 2017 Bowl Projections

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.

Championship November is in full force. Last week saw Miami, Oklahoma, and Auburn make huge statements for the College Football Playoffs. Comparatively, Notre Dame, TCU, and Georgia took steps back. Now, it looks like there could be a path forward for a two-loss Ohio State to make a claim to a playoff spot. Or, could we see the SEC or ACC get two teams into the playoffs.

Notwithstanding the playoff discussion, the bowl season is just over a month away. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Teams are jockeying for position in the bowl pecking order as the season winds down. Also, there are teams that are playing out the last few weeks in an effort to just get to bowl eligibility. Where is your team headed? Last Word on College Football will give you a preview as you make your holiday plans.

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

AutoNation Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (2:30 p.m., CBSSN)
South Florida vs. Appalachian State

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

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

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


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


Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas (8 p.m., ESPN)
Memphis vs California


Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla. (8 p.m., ESPN)
SMU vs. Akron


Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas (12:30 p.m., ESPN)
Florida International vs Western Michigan

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise (4 p.m., ESPN)
Toledo vs. Wyoming


Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, Ala. (12 p.m., ESPN)
Tulane vs. UAB

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

Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala. (7 p.m., ESPN)
Ohio vs. Troy


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


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

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

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


Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La. (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Georgia Tech vs Middle Tennessee

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, New York (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
Florida State vs Purdue

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

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


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)
NC State vs. West Virginia

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

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


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

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

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn. (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Texas A&M vs. Northwestern

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


TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla. (12 p.m., ESPN)
Virginia Tech vs South Carolina

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. (12:30 p.m., ABC)
Iowa State vs. Kentucky

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

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

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (1 p.m., ABC)
Mississippi State vs. Penn State


Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas (Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Notre Dame vs Auburn

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

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

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. Miami

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans (Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m., ESPN)
Alabama vs Ohio State

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


  1. How did Southern Methodist University (SMU) get to play two Bowl games? Especially in just four days? Maybe one of the SMUs is really USM (University of Southern Mississippi)?
    SUNDAY, DEC. 24
    Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
    SMU vs. Colorado State

    Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla. (8 p.m., ESPN)
    SMU vs. Akron

    • Tom,

      The games are three days apart and it’s quite possible for SMU to recover in time to play both games. I think the NCAA will give them the benefit of the doubt for the death penalty years ago by allowing them to play in two bowl games. In all seriousness, I sincerely appreciate you bringing this to my attention. It’s absolutely supposed to be University of Southern Mississippi instead of Southern Methodist University. Thank you for pointing it out and we have made the correction.

  2. Thank you. Appreciate the correction. Southern Mississippi has been called University of Mississippi and Mississippi State by referees and Network sports announcements for years at Bowl games. We do make it to a few bowl games in our history.

    • Yeah, agreed. You guys have a solid squad this season for sure. I think you will win out and make it to 8-4 this season. And 8-4 with two of the four losses to SEC teams by a combined point total of 21 points is not too shabby at all.


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