College Football Bowl Projections – Week 5

    College football bowl projections for Week 5 of the 2016 season. Here's how the postseason could shake out after another weekend of action.

    October 1, 2016

    College football bowl projections for Week 5 of the 2016 season. Here’s how the postseason could shake out after another weekend of action.


    Following a week in which a lot of postseason projected matchups were altered because of some surprising results, there isn’t a ton of change in this week’s college football bowl pairings.

    Ole Miss certainly showed that it has no interest in being an SEC or national afterthought, as the Rebels pounded Georgia and took the Bulldogs’ spot in the Cotton Bowl.

    Meanwhile, Utah’s win over USC on Friday night dropped the Trojans to the Las Vegas Bowl in a projected matchup against Boise State. And Texas A&M’s impressive performance in a win over Arkansas actually bumped the Aggies up to a New Year’s Six spot.

    Where does your school fall in the latest edition of this season’s bowl projections? Find out below.

    Note: An asterisk (*) denotes that the respective league did not have enough teams eligible to fill its bowl slot, thus it went to a team from a different league.

    Bowl Projections

    Cure Bowl

    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: Orlando, Florida
    Tie-ins: AAC/Sun Belt
    Cure Bowl Projection: East Carolina (AAC) vs. Troy (Sun Belt)

    Las Vegas Bowl

    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    Tie-ins: Mountain West/Pac-12
    Las Vegas Bowl Projection: Boise State (MW) vs. USC (Pac-12)

    Camellia Bowl

    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: Montgomery, Alabama
    Tie-ins: MAC/Sun Belt
    Camellia Bowl Projection: NIU (MAC) vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt)

    New Mexico Bowl

    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Tie-ins: Conference USA/Mountain West
    New Mexico Bowl Projection: Western Kentucky (C-USA) vs. Nevada (MW)

    New Orleans Bowl

    Date: Dec. 17
    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Tie-ins: Conference USA/Sun Belt
    New Orleans Bowl Projection: Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. Georgia Southern (Sun Belt)

    Miami Beach Bowl

    Date: Dec. 19
    Location: Miami, Florida
    Tie-ins: AAC/MAC
    Miami Beach Bowl Projection: Memphis (AAC) vs. Central Michigan (MAC)

    Boca Raton Bowl

    Date: Dec. 20
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    Tie-ins: AAC/Conference USA
    Boca Raton Bowl Projection: Tulsa (AAC) vs. Marshall (C-USA)

    Poinsettia Bowl

    Date: Dec. 21
    Location: San Diego, California
    Tie-ins: MAC/Mountain West/BYU (BYU tied to bowl if not in CFP)
    Poinsettia Bowl Projection: BYU vs. San Diego State (MW)

    Idaho Potato Bowl

    Date: Dec. 22
    Location: Boise, Idaho
    Tie-ins: MAC/Mountain West
    Idaho Potato Bowl Projection: Ohio (MAC) vs. Air Force (MW)

    Bahamas Bowl

    Date: Dec. 23
    Location: Nassau, Bahamas
    Tie-ins: AAC/MAC
    Bahamas Bowl Projection: UConn (AAC) vs. Toledo (MAC)

    Armed Forces Bowl

    Date: Dec. 23
    Location: Fort Worth, Texas
    Tie-ins: AAC/Big 12/Navy (automatically takes spot if eligible)
    Armed Forces Bowl Projection: West Virginia (Big 12) vs. Navy

    Dollar General Bowl

    Date: Dec. 23
    Location: Mobile, Alabama
    Tie-ins: MAC/Sun Belt
    Dollar General Bowl Projection: Western Michigan (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt)

    Hawaii Bowl

    Date: Dec. 24
    Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Tie-ins: Conference USA/Mountain West
    Hawaii Bowl Projection: Middle Tennessee (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)

    Quick Lane Bowl

    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
    Quick Lane Bowl Projection: NC State (ACC) vs. Indiana (Big Ten)

    St. Petersburg Bowl

    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    Tie-ins: ACC/AAC
    St. Petersburg Bowl Projection: Wake Forest (ACC) vs. Temple (AAC)

    Independence Bowl

    Date: Dec. 26
    Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
    Tie-ins: ACC/SEC
    Independence Bowl Projection: Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Mississippi State (SEC)

    Military Bowl

    Date: Dec. 27
    Location: Annapolis, Maryland
    Tie-ins: ACC/AAC
    Military Bowl Projection: Pittsburgh (ACC) vs. Cincinnati (AAC)

    Holiday Bowl

    Date: Dec. 27
    Location: San Diego, California
    Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
    Holiday Bowl Projection: Minnesota (Big Ten) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12)

    Heart of Dallas Bowl

    Date: Dec. 27
    Location: Dallas, Texas
    Tie-ins: Big Ten/Conference USA
    Heart of Dallas Bowl Projection: Northwestern (Big Ten) vs. Southern Miss (C-USA)

    Cactus Bowl

    Date: Dec. 27
    Location: Tempe, Arizona
    Tie-ins: Big 12/Pac-12
    Cactus Bowl Projection: Texas (Big 12) vs. Arizona (Pac-12)

    Texas Bowl

    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: Houston, Texas
    Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
    Texas Bowl Projection: Baylor (Big 12) vs. Arkansas (SEC)

    Russell Athletic Bowl

    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: Orlando, Florida
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big 12
    Russell Athletic Bowl Projection: Miami (ACC) vs. Oklahoma (Big 12)

    Pinstripe Bowl

    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: New York, New York
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
    Pinstripe Bowl Projection: North Carolina (ACC) vs. Maryland (Big Ten)

    Foster Farms Bowl

    Date: Dec. 28
    Location: Santa Clara, California
    Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
    Foster Farms Bowl Projection: Penn State (Big Ten) vs. UCLA (Pac-12)

    Birmingham Bowl

    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Birmingham, Alabama
    Tie-ins: AAC/SEC
    Birmingham Bowl Projection: USF (AAC) vs. Missouri (SEC)

    Belk Bowl

    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Tie-ins: ACC/SEC
    Belk Bowl Projection: Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Auburn (SEC)

    Alamo Bowl

    Date: Dec. 29
    Location: San Antonio, Texas
    Tie-ins: Big 12/Pac-12
    Alamo Bowl Projection: Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Utah (Pac-12)

    NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Tucson, Arizona
    Tie-ins: Mountain West/Sun Belt
    Arizona Bowl Projection: Colorado State (MW) vs. Georgia State (Sun Belt)

    Sun Bowl

    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: El Paso, Texas
    Tie-ins: ACC/Pac-12
    Sun Bowl Projection: Notre Dame (ACC) vs. Oregon (Pac-12)

    Liberty Bowl

    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Memphis, Tennessee
    Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
    Liberty Bowl Projection: Texas Tech (Big 12) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

    Music City Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
    Music City Bowl Projection: Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. Tennessee (SEC)

    TaxSlayer Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Jacksonville, Florida
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
    TaxSlayer Bowl Projection: Florida State (ACC) vs. LSU (SEC)

    Citrus Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Orlando, Florida
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
    Citrus Bowl Projection: Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Georgia (SEC)

    Outback Bowl

    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Tampa, Florida
    Tie-ins: Big Ten/SEC
    Outback Bowl Projection: Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Florida (SEC)

    New Year’s Six Bowl Projections

    Orange Bowl

    Date: Dec. 30
    Location: Miami, Florida
    Tie-ins: ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame
    Orange Bowl Projection: Louisville (ACC) vs. Michigan

    Rose Bowl

    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Pasadena, California
    Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
    Rose Bowl Projection: Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. Washington (Pac-12)

    Sugar Bowl

    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
    Sugar Bowl Projection: TCU (Big 12) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)

    Cotton Bowl

    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: Arlington, Texas
    Tie-ins: At-Large/At-Large
    Cotton Bowl Projection: Ole Miss (SEC) vs. Houston (AAC)

    College Football Playoff Projections

    Semifinal No. 1 – Fiesta Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Glendale, Arizona
    Tie-ins: CFP No. 2/CFP No. 3
    Fiesta Bowl Projection: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State

    The Tigers shut down Georgia Tech’s spread-option attack, and all eyes are now on their battle with Louisville next week. Will that Brent Venables defense be able to contain Lamar Jackson?

    Urban Meyer’s squad had the week off and will host Chris Ash’s Rutgers squad next week.

    Semifinal No. 2 – Peach Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    Tie-ins: CFP No. 1/CFP No. 4
    Peach Bowl Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Stanford

    Nick Saban’s squad shut out his alma mater, Kent State, and the Crimson Tide will host Kentucky next week.

    Stanford won its ninth straight game over UCLA, and David Shaw is now 12-2 against UCLA and USC in his career.

    College Football National Championship Game

    Date: Jan. 9
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Tie-ins: Semifinal winners
    Championship Game Projection: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson

    MORE: Projected AP Top 25 Rankings – Week 5

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