College Football Bowl Projections – Week 6

    College football bowl projections for Week 6 of the 2016 season. After yet another crazy weekend, here's how the postseason could shake out.

    October 3, 2016

    College football bowl projections for Week 6 of the 2016 season. After yet another crazy weekend, here’s how the postseason could shake out.


    With its wild victory over ACC Atlantic division rival Louisville, Clemson took another step toward making its second consecutive College Football Playoff.

    Meanwhile, Chris Petersen is building a giant at Washington following his incredibly successful run at Boise State. The Huskies beat Stanford on Friday night and have a schedule manageable enough to make a run at the CFP.

    Tennessee and Georgia switched bowl spots this week after the Volunteers survived their trip to Athens, while Oklahoma and TCU did the same after the Sooners went into Fort Worth and knocked off Gary Patterson’s squad.

    Where could your favorite team be headed when the regular season comes to an end?

    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. Arkansas State (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. Arizona (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. UNLV (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: UCF (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. Troy (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. Louisiana-Lafayette* (Sun Belt)

    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. USC (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. TCU (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. Mississippi State (SEC)

    Music City Bowl

    Date: Dec. 31
    Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
    Music City Bowl Projection: Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Georgia (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: Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. Tennessee (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. Stanford (Pac-12)

    Sugar Bowl

    Date: Jan. 2
    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Tie-ins: Big 12/SEC
    Sugar Bowl Projection: Oklahoma (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 survived a very difficult test against Louisville on Saturday night despite having trouble protecting the football. Dabo Swinney’s team looks poised to return to the College Football Playoff.

    The Buckeyes are scoring points in bunches, and the defense is nasty as well. Urban Meyer’s team looks like one of the best teams in the country in spite of the lack of competition it has faced.

    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 Washington

    Nick Saban’s squad dispatched of Kentucky on Saturday night, and now the Crimson Tide will turn their attention to a road test at Arkansas, which plays a similar physical brand of football.

    The Huskies are back on the national stage following their easy win over Stanford. Petersen’s squad looks like the best team in the Pac-12, which will likely need an unbeaten squad to have a chance at getting a team in the CFP.

    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 6

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