Bowl Games 2016-17: Schedule, TV Info and Predictions for All Games

Bowl Games 2016-17: Schedule, TV Info and Predictions for All Games

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It’s time to pick some college football games, folks. With a full bowl season in front of us, you need a place to find the full schedule, television information, betting lines, predictions and a quick analysis of the top playoff matchups and bowl games to come.

You’ve come to the right place for all of the above.

2016-17 Bowl Schedule and Predictions
Bowl Game Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch Pick
Celebration Dec. 17 Noon North Carolina Central vs. Grambling State ABC Grambling State
New Mexico Dec. 17 2 p.m. New Mexico (-7.5) vs. UTSA ESPN New Mexico
Las Vegas Dec. 17 3:30 p.m. San Diego State vs. Houston (-3) ABC Houston
Cure Dec. 17 5:30 p.m. UCF (-6.5) vs. Arkansas State CBSSN UCF
Camellia Dec. 17 5:30 p.m. Appalachian State vs. Toledo (-2.5) ESPN Appalachian State
New Orleans Dec. 17 9 p.m. Southern Miss (-2) vs. UL-Lafayette ESPN Southern Miss
Miami Beach Dec. 19 2:30 p.m. Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (-11) ESPN Tulsa
Boca Raton Dec. 20 7 p.m. Memphis vs. Western Kentucky (-6.5) ESPN Memphis
Poinsettia Dec. 21 9 p.m. BYU (-7.5) vs. Wyoming ESPN BYU
Potato Dec. 22 7 p.m. Idaho vs. Colorado State (-13) ESPN Colorado State
Bahamas Dec. 23 1 p.m. Old Dominion (-4) vs. Eastern Michigan ESPN Old Dominion
Armed Forces Dec. 23 4:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech vs. Navy (-1) ESPN Navy
Dollar General Dec. 23 8 p.m. Ohio vs. Troy (-5) ESPN Troy
Hawaii Dec. 24 8 p.m. Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee ESPN Hawaii
St. Petersburg Dec. 26 11 a.m. Mississippi State (-11.5) vs. Miami (Ohio) ESPN Mississippi State
Quick Lane Dec. 26 2:30 p.m. Boston College (-1) vs. Maryland ESPN Maryland
Independence Dec. 26 5 p.m. NC State (-4) vs. Vanderbilt ESPN2 Vanderbilt
Heart of Dallas Dec. 27 Noon Army (-9.5) vs. North Texas ESPN Army
Military Dec. 27 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest vs. Temple (-12.5) ESPN Temple
Holiday Dec. 27 7 p.m. Minnesota vs. Washington State (-5.5) ESPN Washington State
Cactus Dec. 27 10:15 p.m. Baylor vs. Boise State (-10) ESPN Boise State
Pinstripe Dec. 28 2 p.m. Northwestern vs. Pitt (-3) ESPN Pitt
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 5:30 p.m. Miami (Fla.) (-1.5) vs. West Virginia ESPN Miami
Foster Farms Dec. 28 8:30 p.m. Indiana vs. Utah (-6.5) Fox Utah
Texas Dec. 28 9 p.m. Kansas State vs. Texas A&M (-2.5) ESPN Texas A&M
Birmingham Dec. 29 2 p.m. USF (-11) vs. South Carolina ESPN USF
Belk Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. Virginia Tech (-6) vs. Arkansas ESPN Virginia Tech
Alamo Dec. 29 9 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Colorado (-2) ESPN Oklahoma State
Arizona Dec. 30 5:30 p.m. Air Force (-14) vs. South Alabama Campus Insiders Air Force
Liberty Dec. 30 Noon TCU (-1.5) vs. Georgia ESPN TCU
Sun Dec. 30 2 p.m. North Carolina vs. Stanford (-2.5) CBS North Carolina
Music City Dec. 30 3:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Tennessee (-3) ESPN Tennessee
Orange Dec. 30 8 p.m. Michigan (-6.5) vs. Florida State ESPN Michigan
Peach Dec. 31 3 p.m. Alabama (-14) vs. Washington ESPN Alabama
Fiesta Dec. 31 7 p.m. Ohio State (-3) vs. Clemson ESPN Ohio State
TaxSlayer Dec. 31 11 a.m. Georgia Tech (-5) vs. Kentucky ESPN Kentucky
Citrus Dec. 31 11 a.m. Louisville vs. LSU (even) ABC Louisville
Outback Jan. 2 1 p.m. Florida (-2) vs. Iowa ABC Iowa
Cotton Jan. 2 1 p.m. Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (-6.5) ESPN Wisconsin
Rose Jan. 2 5 p.m. Penn State vs. USC (-6.5) ESPN USC
Sugar Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. Auburn vs. Oklahoma (-5.5) ESPN Oklahoma
CFP National Championship Jan. 9 8:30 p.m. TBD ESPN Alabama

Sources:, ESPN and Playoff games highlighted.


Michigan over Florida State

There are many folks out there who would argue that Michigan is one of the four best teams in the nation. They certainly didn’t have a top-four resume, however, which kept them out of the playoff. 

However, Michigan’s physicality and excellent defense will control the game against Florida State.

This will be a close one, because Michigan’s offense isn’t terribly explosive and the Seminoles are tough against the run. But an angry and motivated Michigan team is going to make Florida State pay for the Wolverines’ loss to their rival, Ohio State, to close their season.


Wisconsin over Western Michigan

Western Michigan has had a fantastic season. They haven’t faced a team with Wisconsin’s talent, however.

Remember, Wisconsin was three touchdowns away from potentially going undefeated in the best conference in college football this season. The Badgers lost by a touchdown in each of their three biggest games this season: against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

Expect them to beat Western Michigan by a few.


Oklahoma over Auburn

Oklahoma comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in college football, having won nine straight games. Auburn opened and closed the season by losing two of three and was still somehow the second-best team in a down SEC this year.

One team is peaking and the other was exposed over the past month by a mediocre Georgia team and the best team in the nation, Alabama. Bet on Oklahoma’s explosive offense to sprint past the Tigers.


USC over Penn State

If Oklahoma is hot, USC and Penn State are scoring. Outside of the next game on this article, there may not be a better matchup this bowl season than the Trojans and Nittany Lions facing off in the Rose Bowl.

USC has been a different team since Sam Darnold took over at quarterback and is loaded with talent. Remember, this Trojans team manhandled Washington and has a win over Colorado, too.

Would the Trojans be in the playoff if Darnold had started the season at quarterback? Shoulda, woulda, coulda, but USC is explosive. 

Penn State, meanwhile, keeps finding ways to win. A blocked field goal against Ohio State late in the fourth quarter? No biggie. A 21-point comeback in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin? Just another day at the office for these Nittany Lions.

This game is pretty hard to call, but given their play down the stretch, USC looks like the best team to miss out on the playoff outside of Michigan on pure talent and ability alone. Penn State will push them, but the Trojans will sneak away with the win.


Ohio State over Clemson

Deshaun Watson’s turnovers have kept Clemson on the edge of a razor all season long. He simply can’t afford to be cavalier with the ball against an Ohio State team that is rife with weapons and will make the Tigers pay for any blunders.

But Clemson’s defense has looked shaky at times against good offense and will now have to face a talented Ohio State rushing attack led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Mike Weber and all-around weapon Curtis Samuel.

On the other hand, Clemson’s front four is incredibly talented and could give the Buckeyes offensive line issues. On the other side of the ball, will Ohio State have an answer for Mike Williams?

This one should be tight, but at the end of the day, this is a balanced Ohio State team that beat Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan this year. The Buckeyes have the slightest of edges in talent, Urban Meyer is an excellent big-game coach, and Barrett has protected the ball better than Watson has this year.

Give the Buckeyes the slightest of edges. 


Alabama over Washington

C’mon. Of course Alabama is going to win this game.

The Crimson Tide have the most talent in the nation, the best defense by far and an offense clicking under freshman Jalen Hurts.

Anything can happen, and Washington is no pushover, but Alabama is clearly the better team in this matchup.


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