Mobile version. Acronyms are explained below. All times Eastern and PM, except where obvious. As of 11/18/2018 07:55:11 PM -0800.
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 15||Albuquerque, NM||2:00||ESPN||MWC #2/3/4||C-USA||Utah State||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Cure Bowl||Dec. 15||Orlando, FL||2:30||CBSS||AAC #7||Sun Belt #4||Tulane||Louisiana-Lafayette|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 15||Las Vegas, NV||3:30||ABC||Pac-12 #5||MWC #1||Arizona State||Fresno State|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 15||Montgomery, AL||5:30||ESPN||MAC #1/2/3/4/5||Sun Belt #3||Eastern Michigan||Appalachian State|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 15||New Orleans, LA||9:00||ESPN||C-USA||Sun Belt #1||Louisiana Tech||Troy|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 18||Boca Raton, FL||7:00||ESPN||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6/MAC||C-USA/MAC||South Florida||Florida International|
|Frisco Bowl||Dec. 19||Frisco, TX||8:00||ESPN||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6/C-USA||MAC #1/2/3/4/5/C-USA||Southern Methodist||Buffalo|
|Gasparilla Bowl||Dec. 20||Tampa, FL||8:00||ESPN||ACC #9/C-USA||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6||Florida Atlantic?||Cincinnati|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 21||Nassau, Bahamas||12:30||ESPN||MAC #1/2/3/4/5||C-USA||Northern Illinois||Middle Tennessee State|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 21||Boise, ID||4:00||ESPN||MWC #2/3/4||MAC #1/2/3/4/5||Boise State||Toledo|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 22||Birmingham, AL||12:00||ESPN||SEC #8/ACC #10||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6/ACC #10||Brigham Young?||Memphis|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 22||Fort Worth, TX||3:30||ESPN||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6||Big 12 #6||Houston||Army?|
|Dollar General Bowl||Dec. 22||Mobile, AL||7:00||ESPN||MAC #1/2/3/4/5||Sun Belt #2||Ohio||Georgia Southern|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 22||Honolulu, HI||10:30||ESPN||MWC #2/3/4||C-USA||Hawaii||Marshall|
|First Responder Bowl||Dec. 26||Dallas, TX||1:30||ESPN||Big Ten||C-USA/ACC #9||Wyoming?||North Texas|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||Detroit, MI||5:15||ESPN||Big Ten/MAC||ACC #8/MAC||Miami?||Miami|
|Cheez-It Bowl||Dec. 26||Phoenix, AZ||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #5/MWC||Pac-12 #6/MWC||Texas Tech||California|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 27||Shreveport, LA||1:30||ESPN||ACC #7/AAC/C-USA||SEC #9/AAC/C-USA||Duke||Southern Mississippi?|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 27||New York, NY||5:15||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5||Big Ten||Syracuse||Purdue|
|Texas Bowl||Dec. 27||Houston, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #3||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Iowa State||Mississippi State|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 28||Nashville, TN||1:30||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5/Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Boston College||Vanderbilt|
|Camping World Bowl||Dec. 28||Orlando, FL||5:15||ESPN||ACC #1||Big 12 #2||North Carolina State||West Virginia|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 28||San Antonio, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #1||Pac-12 #1||Texas||Washington|
|Peach Bowl||Dec. 29||Atlanta, GA||12:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Georgia||Pennslyvania State|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||Charlotte, NC||12:00||ABC||ACC #2/3/4/5||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Pittsburgh||South Carolina|
|Arizona Bowl||Dec. 29||Tuscon, AZ||1:00||CBSS||MWC #5||Sun Belt #5||San Diego State||Arkansas State|
|Cotton Bowl||Dec. 29||Arlington, TX||4 or 8||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Alabama (#1)||Michigan (#4)|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 29||Miami Gardens, FL||4 or 8||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Clemson (#2)||Notre Dame (#3)|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 31||Annapolis, MD||12:00||ESPN||ACC #6||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/6||Virginia||Temple|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 31||El Paso, TX||2:00||CBS||ACC #2/3/4/5||Pac-12 #4||Georgia Tech||Oregon|
|Redbox Bowl||Dec. 31||Santa Clara, CA||3:00||FOX||Big Ten/MWC||Pac-12 #3/MWC||Nevada?||Stanford|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 31||Memphis, TN||3:45||ESPN||Big 12 #4/AAC||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7/AAC||Oklahoma State||Missouri|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 31||San Diego, CA||7:00||FS1||Big Ten||Pac-12 #2||Iowa||Utah|
|Gator Bowl||Dec. 31||Jacksonville, FL||7:30||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5/Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Wisconsin||Auburn|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 1||Tampa, FL||Noon||ESPN2||Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Michigan State||Texas A&M|
|Citrus Bowl||Jan. 1||Orlando, FL||1:00||ABC||Big Ten #1||SEC #1||Northwestern||Kentucky|
|Fiesta Bowl||Jan. 1||Glendale, AZ||1:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Florida||Central Florida|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 1||Pasadena, CA||5:00||ESPN||CFP (Big Ten)||CFP (Pac-12)||Ohio State||Washington State|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 1||New Orleans, LA||8:45||ESPN||CFP (Big 12)||CFP (SEC)||Oklahoma||Louisiana State|
|CFP Championship Game||Jan. 8||Santa Clara, CA||8:00||ESPN||Rose Bowl Winner||Sugar Bowl Winner|
Teams 6-6 or better that need at-large bids: Coastal Carolina (6-6), Louisiana-Monroe (6-6), Western Michigan (6-6)
?=at-large because some conference couldn't fill its bids
* = Accepted invitation
** = Predicted correctly
A team in bold indicates that I predicted the winner correctly
A team in italics means that team won the game, but was not who I picked
A bold score means that I actually managed to pick the score correctly
1: Team meets one of the exception criteria, see the blurb about bylaw 18.7.2 below.
Past years: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | Index
|Conference||Teams||Eligible||Teams With Bids|
Above table reflects all teams that are currently bowl eligible as of when this page was last updated. 78 teams are needed to fill all available bids.
The introduction of the College Football Playoff in the 2014-2015 season changed a bunch of stuff. Below is a quick guide to the process and links to sources of information.
The College Football Playoff is a new system that includes a
rotating set of six bowl games (the Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Rose, Fiesta, Sugar,
and Orange) plus a championship game. Each year, two of the games will host
semi-final games, which will be seeded according to a committee. The winners of
those games will meet in the championship game. The rotation of the games is as
such for the semi-finals:
2014-2015, 2017-2018: Rose and Sugar Bowls
2015-2016, 2018-2019: Orange and Cotton Bowls
2016-2017, 2019-2020: Fiesta and Chick-fil-a Bowls
This will continue through the 2025-2026 season.
When those games aren't hosting national semi-finals, they will be the home for conference champions and other teams not selected for the semi-finals. The default matchups are:
Rose: Big Ten #1 vs. Pac-12 #1
Sugar: SEC #1 vs. Big 12 #1
Orange: Highest-ranked ACC vs. the highest-ranked available team from the SEC, Big Ten, or Notre Dame
Cotton, Fiesta, and Peach: At-large selections or the "top team" from the Group of Five (which consists of the non-autobid conferences (the American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt). These bowls can also host the Big Ten or SEC champions if they are not in the playoff when the Rose or Sugar bowls are part of the playoff.
1. Notre Dame can only appear twice as an at-large
2. If the ACC faces a rematch in the Orange Bowl, then the Orange can select the highest ranked available opponent (according to the committee) and the spurned team is placed elsewhere in the framework.
3. If a conference's champion is selected for the play-off, then the next highest ranked team from that conference assumes the berth, except in the Big 12, where the conference runner-up gets it.
"ACC #1" means "the first ACC team after the CFP selection process", not "the ACC champion".
Overall eligibility: The 2016-2017 NCAA Division I Manual (warning, PDF) bylaw 18.7.2 governs Division I FBS football eligibility. The NCAA defines a "deserving team" as a team with an equal number of wins and losses, i.e, a record of 6-6 and better against FBS opponents. For the purposes of this record, a team is also allowed to count one FCS win as well. Note that it is no longer a requirement that all above .500 teams are selected before 6-6 teams. For 2013, the NCAA added what one might call the "UCLA and Georgia Tech" rule which basically boils down to: a) winning your conference title game makes you a "deserving team" and b) losing your title game does not affect your "deserving team" status.
In addition to deserving teams, bylaw 18.7.2 also spells out
what will happen if there are not enough bowl eligible teams for the 40 bowl
games. Note that these criteria apply in order, and a particular bowl game may
use a team from this "pool" once every four years (effective 8/2012).
1. The "counting 1 FCS win" rule only applies if the FCS team in question uses 90% of available scholarships out of 63 (so 56.7 scholarships, as FCS allows partial scholarships), so the first criteria is that any FCS school counts for the 1-win.
2. Teams that finished 6-6 with two FCS wins. This year, this rule could potentially apply to North Carolina or Army.
3. Teams that finished 6-7 (this used to be the "UCLA rule" but conference championships can no longer make a team ineligible for a bowl).
5. Teams that are reclassifying to FBS and have a 6-6 record. There are no reclassifying teams this year.
6. Teams in the top 5 of the APR and with a 5-7 record. This year, those teams are Northwestern, Air Force, Vanderbilt, Navy, and Duke.
The ACC bowl selection criteria are buried in the
massive media guide (warning: huge PDF) on page
10. The ACC no longer has a "one-win rule" and instead is using a more SEC-style
"general list of criteria to emphasize regionality and quality matchups". Notre
Dame is eligible for all the ACC's bowls (including the Citrus), but must be within one win of the best
available ACC team at the time.
The Big Ten selection process has its own page. The Citrus Bowl will pick an ACC team if the ACC faces a Big Ten team in the Orange Bowl (see below). See also the Big Ten bowl tracking page.
The Big 12 selection order.
The Pac-12 bowl selection order, on page 3.
The SEC bowl selection order. Note that of the "pool of six", the Liberty is the first off if there's not enough teams.
The American bowl lineup on page 14.
The Mountain West bowl lineup. Note that the MWC is a backup for the Cheez-It Bowl, but if used the Cheez-It Bowl gets to pick right after the Las Vegas Bowl. However, the Redbox Bowl backup slot is filled only after all the other MWC bowls are filled.
The MAC bowl lineup. This article from 2014 also talks about them a bit. The MAC is also a secondary for any ESPN owned and operated bowl games.
The Sun Belt's weekly press releases list their tie-ins in selection order, which is very nice of them.
The Conference USA bowl lineup, page 168.
As far as independents other than Notre Dame go: so far I've found statements saying BYU is eligible for "ESPN-affiliated bowls" and not much else.
Schedule sources: CollegeFootballPoll, Matt Sarz, conference media guides (see above), and individual bowl websites.