Bowl Games Schedule 2016-17: Dates, Live-Stream Info and Predictions

Bowl Games Schedule 2016-17: Dates, Live-Stream Info and Predictions

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Bowl season is upon us, college football fans. After Tuesday’s reveal of the College Football Playoff committee’s latest rankings, there is less than one week remaining until the Top Four are officially set and the postseason can begin taking shape. 

Before we get into our bowl predictions, here are the rankings after Tuesday night:

In total, there are 40 bowl games that will be played before the national championship, and this is how we think each one will shape up. The schedule and viewing information are via

2016-17 Bowl Projections
Bowl Date Team Team Live Stream
Celebration Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 NC Central Grambling State WatchESPN
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico UTSA WatchESPN
Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Boise St. Mississippi St. WatchESPN
AutoNation Cure Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 South Alabama Georgia So.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Arkansas St. Miami (OH) WatchESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Louisiana Lafayette Southern Miss WatchESPN
Miami Beach Bowl Monday, Dec. 19 Tulsa Central Michigan WatchESPN
Boca Raton Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 20 Memphis Middle Tennessee WatchESPN
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 21 BYU Wyoming WatchESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Thursday, Dec. 22 Ohio Colorado St. WatchESPN
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Friday, Dec. 23 Eastern Michigan Old Dominion WatchESPN
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Friday, Dec. 23 North Texas Navy WatchESPN
Dollar General Bowl Friday, Dec. 23 Troy Toledo WatchESPN
Hawaii Bowl Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii W. Kentucky WatchESPN
St. Petersburg Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 Houston Appalachian St. WatchESPN
Quick Lane Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 NC State Northwestern WatchESPN
Camping World Independence Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 Wake Forest Vanderbilt WatchESPN
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Army Louisiana Tech WatchESPN
Military Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Boston College Temple WatchESPN
Holiday Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Washington St. Iowa WatchESPN
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Baylor San Diego St. WatchESPN
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 North Carolina Maryland WatchESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Miami (FL) West Virginia WatchESPN
Foster Farms Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Indiana Utah Fox Sports Go
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Kansas St. Texas A&M WatchESPN
Birmingham Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 South Florida South Carolina WatchESPN
Belk Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 Arkansas Pittsburgh WatchESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 Oklahoma St. USC WatchESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 TCU Georgia WatchESPN
Hyundai Sun Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Virginia Tech Stanford
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Tennessee Minnesota WatchESPN
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Idaho Air Force Campus Insiders
Capital One Orange Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Louisville Michigan WatchESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31 Florida St. LSU WatchESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31 Kentucky Georgia Tech WatchESPN
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl* Saturday, Dec. 31 Alabama Washington WatchESPN
Fiesta Bowl* Saturday, Dec. 31 Clemson Ohio State WatchESPN
Outback Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Nebraska Florida WatchESPN
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Western Michigan Penn State WatchESPN
Rose Bowl Game Monday, Jan. 2 Wisconsin Colorado WatchESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Oklahoma Auburn WatchESPN

*Denotes national semifinal

At the moment, there is only one team that is safe in the College Football Playoff Top Four, and that’s No. 1 Alabama, which would probably make the semifinals even if it lost to No. 15 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. 

No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington would most likely secure their spots alongside the Crimson Tide with wins in their respective conference title games. Clemson will play No. 23 Virginia Tech for the ACC title, while Washington will meet No. 8 Colorado for all the marbles in the Pac-12. 

Even if Washington loses on Saturday night, it should represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl. 

Then comes Ohio State, ranked No. 2 and seemingly safe after its victory over No. 5 Michigan to continue its dominance in one of college football’s fiercest rivalries. 

But the Buckeyes won’t be playing for the Big Ten title. That honor belongs to No. 7 Penn State after it won the Eastern Division thanks to a win over Ohio State. 

The Nittany Lions will take on No. 6 Wisconsin for the conference, although a win probably still won’t get them in the playoff. 

Given the rankings, there is a slight chance a second Big Ten representative makes the semifinal if Washington loses the Pac-12 title game. That includes Michigan, which is still right on the cusp of the Top Four.

Wisconsin could have a chance to leapfrog Michigan to the No. 4 spot following a Washington loss if it dismantles Penn State. However, any sort of close game in the Big Ten Championship and a Huskies loss could give the nod to Michigan. 

The committee will be hoping that the play on the field during the final weekend makes its decision an easy one, because at the moment, there are plenty of question marks along the path to the national championship.