College Football Bowl Game Rankings, 2015-16: No. 1-40

    College football bowl game rankings for 2015-16. Find out which games are at the top, and which ones sit at the bottom.

    December 8, 2015

    College football bowl game rankings for all 40 matchups this postseason.

    We’ve got three really big weeks ahead of us, folks. It’s college football bowl season!

    The postseason field has been set, and 80 teams will battle it out this year.

    While the main event will come by way of the College Football Playoff, featuring Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Michigan State, there are plenty of other intriguing matchups on the schedule.

    How does Ohio State vs. Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl sound?

    What about a high-octane matchup between Oregon and TCU?

    Or maybe a defensive battle between two coach of the year candidates in Jim McElwain and Jim Harbaugh is more to your liking.

    The nation will once again be watching the SEC under a microscope to see if the big, bad conference can retain its title as the best in college football. Of the 10 SEC teams going to a bowl, all are favored except for Florida, who’s a slight ‘dog to Michigan.

    With 40 games, this bowl season seemingly has it all. If your free time is limited, and you’re wondering which matchups to make time for, we’ve put together the college football bowl game rankings below. Plan accordingly.

    40. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Matchup: Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
    Date: Dec. 23
    Location: San Diego, Calif.

    39. Outback Bowl

    Matchup: Northwestern vs. Tennessee
    Date: Jan. 1
    Location: Tampa, Fla.

    38. St. Petersburg Bowl

    Matchup: Connecticut vs. Marshall
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.

    37. Cure Bowl

    Matchup: San Jose State vs. Georgia State
    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: Orlando, Fla.

    36. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

    Matchup: Ohio vs. Appalachian State
    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: Montgomery, Ala.

    35. Famsou Idaho Potato Bowl

    Matchup: Akron vs. Utah State
    Date: Dec. 22
    Location: Boise, Ida.

    34. AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Matchup: Kansas State vs. Arkansas
    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Memphis, Tenn.

    33. Quick Lane Bowl

    Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: Detroit, Mich.

    32. Camping World Independence Bowl

    Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: Shreveport, La.

    31. Heart of Dallas Bowl

    Matchup: Washington vs. Southern Miss
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: Dallas, Tex.

    30. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

    Matchup: Michigan vs. Florida
    Date: Jan. 1
    Location: Orlando, FLa.

    29. TaxSlayer Bowl

    Matchup: Penn State vs. Georgia
    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

    28. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Matchup: Louisville vs. Texas A&M
    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Nashville, Tenn.

    27. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    Matchup: Nevada vs. Colorado State
    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Tucson, Ariz.

    26. Foster Farms Bowl

    Matchup: Nebraska vs. UCLA
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: Santa Clara, Calif.

    25. Hawaii Bowl

    Matchup: Cincinnati vs. San Diego State
    Date: Dec. 24
    Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

    24. Cactus Bowl

    Matchup: West Virginia vs. Arizona State
    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Tempe, Ariz.

    23. Birmingham Bowl

    Matchup: Memphis vs. Auburn
    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Birmingham, Ala.

    22. Miami Beach Bowl

    Matchup: USF vs. Western Kentucky
    Date: Dec. 21
    Location: Miami, Fla.

    21. Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Matchup: Miami vs. Washington State
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: El Paso, Tex.

    20. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

    Matchup: California vs. Air Force
    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Fort Worth, Tex.

    19. Military Bowl

    Matchup: Pittsburgh vs. Navy
    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: Annapolis, Md.

    18. New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Matchup: Duke vs. Indiana
    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: New York, N.Y.

    17. Boca Raton Bowl

    Matchup: Temple vs. Toledo
    Date: Dec. 22
    Location: Boca Raton, Fla.

    16. AdvoCare Texas Bowl

    Matchup: Texas Tech vs. LSU
    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Houston, Tex.

    15. National University Holiday Bowl

    Matchup: Wisconsin vs. USC
    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: San Diego, Calif.

    14. Belk Bowl

    Matchup: NC State vs. Mississippi State
    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Charlotte, N.C.

    13. Gildan New Mexico Bowl

    Matchup: Arizona vs. New Mexico
    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

    12. Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

    Matchup: Middle Tennessee vs. W. Michigan
    Date: Dec. 24
    Location: Nassau, Bahamas

    11. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

    Matchup: Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State
    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: New Orleans, La.

    10. Peach Bowl

    Matchup: No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 18 Houston
    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Atlanta, Ga.

    9. Royal Purple Bowl

    Matchup: BYU vs. Utah
    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: Las Vegas, Nev.

    8. Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Matchup: No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
    Date: Jan. 1
    Location: New Orleans, La.

    7. Russell Athletic Bowl

    Matchup: North Carolina vs. Baylor
    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Orlando, Fla.

    6. Bowl

    Matchup: Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern
    Date: Dec. 23
    Location: Mobile, Ala.

    5. Rose Bowl

    Matchup: No. 5 Iowa vs No. 6 Stanford
    Date: Jan. 1
    Location: Pasadena, Calif.

    4. Valero Alamo Bowl

    Matchup: TCU vs. Oregon
    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: San Antonio, Tex.

    3. Capital One Orange Bowl

    Matchup: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Miami, Fla.

    2. Fiesta Bowl

    Matchup: No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State
    Date: Jan. 1
    Location: Glendale, Ariz.

    1. Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    Matchup: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State
    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Arlington, Tex.

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