2016-17 Preseason College Football Playoff Contenders

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Who will the committee choose for the 2017 College Football Playoff?  We examine our preseason contenders and try to predict the college football final four.

Oklahoma and Florida State

We predict two power five conference teams, Oklahoma and Florida State, go undefeated.  The committee won’t leave undefeated power 5 conference champions out of the playoff so OU and FSU are in the college football playoff.

Boise State

One group of five school we predict will be undefeated in 2016, Boise State.  The Broncos should run the table but don’t have a marquee game that can grab the committee’s eye.  The Broncos we think will be left out when compared to one-loss power 5 teams.

One- Loss Power 5 Teams

There are several one-loss power 5 conference teams that could be considered.  We know from the previous two years the committee rewards a team for winning its conference championship.

This knocks Alabama, UCLA, Michigan, Clemson and North Carolina out of consideration.  We see three of those four still going to New Year’s Six Bowls.

Ohio State and LSU are conference champions but Notre Dame is projected to go 11-1 as well.  The Buckeyes only 2016 loss is at Oklahoma.  Notre Dame loses it’s season finale at USC.  LSU loses in SEC play.  The late season loss knocks Notre Dame out.  Ohio State and LSU make the college football final four.

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College Football Playoff Match-ups

We have Florida State, Oklahoma, LSU and Ohio State in the college football playoff.  The committee will have a tough time seeding these teams.

Florida State comes in with an undefeated season the includes great non-conference games against Ole Miss, Florida and South Florida.

Oklahoma brings in a win over another CFB Playoff team, Ohio State and a Big 12 conference championship where you beat every other team in the league.

LSU comes in as SEC Champions, the toughest league in college football and a non-conference win over Wisconsin.

Ohio State comes in as Big Ten Champs and a loss only on the road at fellow playoff team Oklahoma.

The committee won’t want to repeat a season a regular season match-up so Oklahoma and Ohio State will only replay if in the national championship.

Due to this, Ohio State has the better loss compared to LSU and will get the 3 seed.  Oklahoma will then be the 1 seed.

Look for Oklahoma vs. LSU and Florida State vs. Ohio State in this season’s College Football Playoff.

We predict Ohio State will win the National Championship.

Get more in our 2016 College Football Preview

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2016-17 College Football Bowl Projections

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The 2016-17 bowl season is packed with bowls again.  Who’s going bowling?  Who makes the College Football Playoff?  Find out in our 2016-17 bowl projections.

2016-17 Bowl Projections

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016
University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM, 2:00 ET, ESPN
Louisiana Tech vs. Nevada

Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 3:30 ET, ABC
San Diego State vs. Arizona State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Western Michigan vs. Troy

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL, 7:00 ET, CBS Sports Network
Temple vs. Arkansas St.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Southern Miss vs. Georgia St.

Miami Beach Bowl

Monday, December 19, 2016
Marlins Park, Miami, FL, 2:30 ET, ESPN
South Florida vs. Ohio

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL, ESPN
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Colorado St. vs. Maryland

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, ID, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Bowling Green vs. Utah St.

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2016
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, 1:00 ET, ESPN
Cincinnati vs. Toledo

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2016
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Navy vs. Buffalo

GoDaddy Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2016
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Central Michigan vs. Appalachian St.

Hawai’i Bowl

December 24, 2016
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Western Kentucky vs. San Jose St.

St. Petersburg Bowl

Monday, December 26, 2016
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00 am ET, ESPN
Tulsa vs. Northern Illinois

Quick Lane Bowl

Monday, December 26, 2016
Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2:30 ET, ESPN
Minnesota vs. Washington St.

Camping World Independence Bowl

Monday, December 26, 2016
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA, 5:00 ET, ESPN2
NC State vs. Old Dominion

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Indiana vs. Middle Tennessee

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 ET, ESPN
Wake Forest vs. Connecticut

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00 ET, ESPN
Michigan St. vs. Stanford

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, 10:15 ET, ESPN
Baylor vs. California

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, 2:00 ET, ABC
Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

Russell Athletic Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 ET, ESPN
Louisville vs. West Virginia

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
Texas Tech vs. Arkansas

Birmingham Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL, 2:00 ET, ESPN
Houston vs. Georgia Southern

Belk Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, 5:30 ET, ESPN
North Carolina vs. Georgia

Valero Alamo Bowl

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, 9:00 ET, ESPN
TCU vs. USC

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2016
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, 3:30 ET, ESPN
Mississippi St. vs. Nebraska

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2016
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, 12:00 ET, ESPN
Kansas St. vs. Air Force

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2016
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX, CBS
Virginia Tech vs. Utah

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2016
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ,
Marshall vs. New Mexico

Foster Farms Bowl

Friday, December 30, 2016
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, ESPN
Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL, 11:00 ET, ABC
Tennessee vs. Iowa

TaxSlayer Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL, 11:00, ET, ESPN
Georgia Tech vs. Florida

Outback Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 1:00, ET, ABC
Penn St. vs. Ole Miss

New Year’s Six Bowls

Capital One Orange Bowl

Saturday, December 30, 2016
New Miami Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, 8:00 ET, ESPN
Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Washington vs. Michigan

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Alabama vs. Oklahoma St.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1:00 ET, ESPN
Boise St. vs. UCLA

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College Football Playoff

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA, 3:00 or 7:00 ET, ESPN
Florida St. vs. Ohio St.

Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ, 3:00 or 7:00 ET, ESPN
Oklahoma vs. LSU

College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 9, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, 8:30 ET, ESPN
Oklahoma vs. Ohio State

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