Mobile version. Acronyms are explained below. All times Eastern and PM, except where obvious. As of 01/08/2017 03:28:47 AM -0500.
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||Albuquerque, NM||2:00||ESPN||MWC||C-USA||New Mexico**||34||Texas-San Antonio**||21|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||Las Vegas, NV||3:30||ABC||Pac-12 #5||MWC #1||Houston**||42||San Diego State*||31|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||Montgomery, AL||5:30||ESPN||MAC||Sun Belt #3||Toledo*||35||Appalachian State**||24|
|Cure Bowl||Dec. 17||Orlando, FL||5:30||CBSS||AAC #6/7/8||Sun Belt #4||Central Florida**||35||Arkansas State**||14|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||New Orleans, LA||9:00||ESPN||C-USA||Sun Belt #1||Southern Mississippi**||28||Louisiana-Lafayette**||17|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||Miami, FL||2:30||ESPN||AAC #1/2/3/4/5||MAC||Tulsa**||41||Central Michigan*||17|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||Boca Raton, FL||7:00||ESPN||AAC #6/7/8||C-USA/MAC||Memphis**||38||Western Kentucky**||35|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||San Diego, CA||9:00||ESPN||MWC/MAC||BYU/MAC||Wyoming**||28||Brigham Young**||24|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||Boise, ID||7:00||ESPN||MWC||MAC||Colorado State**||34||Idaho**||21|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||Nassau, Bahamas||1:00||ESPN||AAC #6/7/8||C-USA/MAC||Eastern Michigan*||14||Old Dominion*||18|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||Fort Worth, TX||4:30||ESPN||Big 12 #6||Navy/AAC #1/2/3/4/5||Louisiana Tech*||45||Navy**||31|
|Dollar General Bowl||Dec. 23||Mobile, AL||8:00||ESPN||MAC||Sun Belt #2||Ohio*||21||Troy**||24|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||Honolulu, HI||8:00||ESPN||MWC||C-USA||Hawaii1**||17||Middle Tennessee State**||21|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||St. Petersburg, FL||11:00||ESPN||ACC #9||AAC #1/2/3/4/5||Miami (OH)**||13||Mississippi State1*||28|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||Detroit, MI||2:30||ESPN||Big Ten/MAC||ACC #8/MAC||Maryland**||14||Boston College*||17|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||Shreveport, LA||5:00||ESPN2||ACC #7/C-USA||SEC #9/C-USA||North Carolina State**||24||Vanderbilt*||17|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Dallas, TX||Noon||ESPN||Big Ten||C-USA||Army**||18||North Texas1*||35|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||Annapolis, MD||3:30||ESPN||ACC #6||AAC #1/2/3/4/5||Wake Forest**||13||Temple**||31|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||San Diego, CA||7:00||ESPN||Big Ten||Pac-12 #2||Minnesota*||14||Washington State**||31|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||Phoenix, AZ||10:15||ESPN||Big 12 #5/MWC #2||Pac-12 #6/MWC #2||Baylor**||28||Boise State**||42|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||New York, NY||2:00||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5||Big Ten||Pittsburgh*||31||Northwestern*||13|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||Orlando, FL||5:30||ESPN||ACC #1||Big 12 #2||Miami (FL)*||28||West Virginia**||24|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||Santa Clara, CA||8:30||FOX||Big Ten||Pac-12 #3||Indiana*||21||Utah**||24|
|Texas Bowl||Dec. 28||Houston, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #3||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Kansas State**||24||Texas A&M**||14|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||Birmingham, AL||2:00||ESPN||SEC #8/ACC #10||AAC #1/2/3/4/5/ACC #10||South Carolina*||10||South Florida*||31|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||Charlotte, NC||5:30||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Virginia Tech**||31||Arkansas*||17|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||San Antonio, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #1||Pac-12 #1||Oklahoma State**||17||Colorado**||21|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Memphis, TN||Noon||ESPN||Big 12 #4||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Texas Christian**||28||Georgia**||21|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||El Paso, TX||2:00||CBS||ACC #2/3/4/5||Pac-12 #4||North Carolina*||31||Stanford**||27|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||Nashville, TN||3:30||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5/Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Nebraska*||24||Tennessee**||34|
|Arizona Bowl||Dec. 30||Tuscon, AZ||5:30||CI||MWC||Sun Belt #5||Air Force**||42||South Alabama**||17|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||Miami Gardens, FL||8:00||ESPN||CFP (ACC)||CFP (SEC/Big Ten/ND)||Florida State**||17||Michigan**||24|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||Orlando, FL||11:00||ABC||Big Ten #1/ACC||SEC #1||Louisville**||35||Louisiana State**||21|
|Taxslayer Bowl||Dec. 31||Jacksonville, FL||11:00||ESPN||ACC #2/3/4/5/Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Georgia Tech**||28||Kentucky**||21|
|Peach Bowl||Dec. 31||Atlanta, GA||3:00||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Alabama (#1)**||28||Washington (#4)**||13|
|Fiesta Bowl||Dec. 31||Glendale, AZ||7:00||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Clemson (#2)*||31||Ohio State (#3)*||42|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||Tampa, FL||1:00||ABC||Big Ten||SEC #2/3/4/5/6/7||Iowa*||12||Florida**||7|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||Arlington, TX||1:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Wisconsin**||17||Western Michigan**||3|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||Pasadena, CA||5:00||ESPN||CFP (Big Ten)||CFP (Pac-12)||Pennslyvania State**||24||Southern California**||35|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||New Orleans, LA||8:30||ESPN||CFP (SEC)||CFP (Big 12)||Auburn**||21||Oklahoma**||42|
|CFP Championship Game||Jan. 9||Tampa, FL||8:30||ESPN||Peach Bowl Winner||Fiesta Bowl Winner||Alabama||21||Clemson||27|
Teams 6-6 or better that need at-large bids:
Overall: 21-19 (52.5%)
Scores: 5-75 (6.25%)
?=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: 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. 80 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 Duke, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Michigan.
The ACC bowl selection criteria are buried in the
massive media guide (warning: huge PDF) on page
20. 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 Capital One 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 133.
The SEC bowl selection order on page 39. Note that of the "pool of six", there Liberty is the first off if there's not enough teams.
The American bowl lineup. Teams will be placed "based on best fit for the Conference and its membership".
The Mountain West media guide has their bowl games on page 29. There is no particular order, though the Las Vegas bowl claims they have the first pick (and this has usually been the case in the past).
The MAC media guide lists its bowl tie-ins on page 12. 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 media guide specifically calls the MAC out as a backup for the St. Petersburg and Birmingham Bowls.
The Sun Belt's weekly press releases list their tie-ins in selection order, which is very nice of them.
Conference USA has their bowl tie-ins on page 160 of their media guide.
As far as independents other than Notre Dame go, BYU has a tie-in with the Poinsettia Bowl this year, and Army has not yet made any announcements. Apologies to any UMass fans out there, but I'm not especially worried about them making a bowl this year.
Schedule sources: CollegeFootballPoll, Matt Sarz, conference media guides (see above), and individual bowl websites.