Bowl Predictions 2016: Complete CFP Projections Following Week 10

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Tuesday won’t just provide the United States an answer as to who its next president will be. The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its second rankings of the 2016 season after Week 10 saw five teams within the Top 25 go down. 

Most notably, one of the teams in the Top Four, Texas A&M, lost to Mississippi State, which will ensure a shake-up in the playoff rankings as we take a look at the current poll and the results of each team:

College Football Week 10 Results
Rank School Result
1 Alabama W 10-0 @ LSU
2 Clemson W 54-0 vs. Syracuse
3 Michigan W 59-3 vs. Maryland
4 Texas A&M L 35-28 @ Miss. St.
5 Washington W 66-27 @ California
6 Ohio State W 62-3 vs. Nebraska
7 Louisville W 52-7 @ Boston College
8 Wisconsin W 21-7 @ Northwestern
9 Auburn W 23-16 vs. Vanderbilt
10 Nebraska L 62-3 @ Ohio State
11 Florida L 31-10 @ Arkansas
12 Penn State W 41-14 vs. Iowa
13 LSU L 10-0 vs. Alabama
14 Oklahoma W 34-24 @ Iowa State
15 Colorado W 20-10 vs. UCLA
16 Utah Bye Week
17 Baylor L 62-22 vs. TCU
18 Oklahoma State W 43-37 @ Kansas State
19 Virginia Tech W 24-21 @ Duke
20 West Virginia W 48-21 vs. Kansas
21 North Carolina W 48-20 vs. Georgia Tech
22 Florida State W 24-20 @ NC State
23 Western Michigan W 52-20 @ Ball State
24 Boise State W 45-31 vs. San Jose St.
25 Washington State W 69-7 vs. Arizona

It’s never too early to look ahead to December, January and bowl season, so we took a swing at predicting which team will be playing in which bowl game:

2016-17 Bowl Projections
Bowl Game Date Team Team
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Colorado St. UTSA
Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 San Diego St. Cal
AutoNation Cure Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 UCF Georgia So.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Appalachian St. C. Michigan
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17 Mid. Tennessee Southern Miss
Miami Beach Bowl Monday, Dec. 19 Houston Akron
Boca Raton Bowl (American vs. C-USA) Tuesday, Dec. 20 SMU Old Dominion
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 21 BYU New Mexico
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (MAC vs. MWC) Thursday, Dec. 22 Eastern Michigan Wyoming
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Friday, Dec. 23 North Texas Tulsa
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Navy vs. Big 12) Friday, Dec. 23 TCU Navy
Dollar General Bowl Friday, Dec. 23 Troy Toledo
Hawai’i Bowl Saturday, Dec. 24 Bose State W. Kentucky
St. Petersburg Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 Boston College South Florida
Quick Lane Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 NC State Northwestern
Camping World Independence Bowl Monday, Dec. 26 Syracuse Georgia
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Army Louisiana Tech
Military Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Miami Memphis
Holiday Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Nebraska Utah
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 27 Kansas State USC
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Wake Forest Minnesota
Russell Athletic Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Virginia Tech Oklahoma St.
Foster Farms Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Indiana Stanford
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Wednesday, Dec. 28 Baylor South Carolina
Birmingham Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 Temple Miss. St.
Belk Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 Arkansas Georgia Tech
Valero Alamo Bowl Thursday, Dec. 29 West Virginia Colorado
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Texas Tennessee
Hyundai Sun Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Pittsburgh Arizona St.
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/ND) Friday, Dec. 30 Kentucky Iowa
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Idaho Air Force
Capital One Orange Bowl Friday, Dec. 30 Louisville Wisconsin
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31 Florida St. Texas A&M
TaxSlayer Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31 North Carolina LSU
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl* Saturday, Dec. 31 Alabama Ohio St.
Fiesta Bowl* Saturday, Dec. 31 Clemson Washington
Outback Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Penn State Florida
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Western Michigan West Virginia
Rose Bowl Game Monday, Jan. 2 Michigan Washington St.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Monday, Jan. 2 Oklahoma Auburn

*Denotes national semifinal

Alabama’s defense put on another clinic in a classic, low-scoring showdown with LSU as it will most likely retain its No. 1 spot for another week. 

Per, the 10-0 score was tied for the fewest points scored in an AP Top 15 matchup in the last 30 years. 

At 9-0, the Crimson Tide have somewhat smooth sailing for the rest of the season with matchups against Mississippi State, Chattanooga and No. 9 Auburn remaining. So there is little to suggest that it won’t be the No. 1 seed come the playoff.

No. 2 Clemson, on the other hand, put up plenty of points on Syracuse in a 54-0 blowout. However, there was cause for concern when leader and quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with a shoulder injury. Luckily for the Tigers, it isn’t too serious, per’s David Hale

Clemson has an even easier remaining schedule compared to Alabama, as the Tigers meet Pitt, Wake Forest and South Carolina to end their season. 

Texas A&M’s loss opens up a spot for undefeated No. 5 Washington to swoop in and take the No. 4 spot after the Huskies took care of Cal on Saturday night. 

The Aggies could also sink beneath No. 6 Ohio State, which demolished No. 10 Nebraska at home 62-3 in historic fashion, per ESPN Stats & Info: 

The Buckeyes are less than three weeks away from meeting No. 3 Michigan for what will most likely be a game to decide the Big Ten’s playoff representative. 

Ohio State hasn’t lost a rivalry game with Michigan since 2011 and has a more experienced roster with players who have contended for a national championship. 

Because of that, Ohio State gets the final spot to round out the national semifinals.