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Bowl Projections from around the web – October 24, 2016

Every Monday, we publish bowl projections from around the web, followed by analysis and commentary.   First, here are expert projections from around the web.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium, Albuquerque – Dec. 17, 2 p.m. (ESPN) 

Schlabach: Colorado State vs. Middle Tennessee
McMurphy: Air Force vs. Ole Dominion
Palm: New Mexico vs. Middle Tennessee
Kirk:  New Mexico vs. Middle Tennessee

Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas – Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Boise State vs. California
McMurphy: San Diego State vs. California
Palm: Boise State vs. Arizona State
Kirk: San Diego State vs. UCLA

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama – Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Arkansas State vs. Eastern Michigan
McMurphy: Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Palm: Georgia Southern vs. Akron
Kirk: Appalachian State vs. Central Michigan

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando – Dec. 17, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Schlabach: UCF vs. Appalachian State
McMurphy: UCF vs. Arkansas State
Palm: Ball State vs. Troy
Kirk: UCF vs. Georgia Southern

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans – Dec. 17, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. Southern Miss
McMurphy: Georgia Southern vs. Southern Miss
Palm: Louisiana – Lafayette vs. Southern Miss
Kirk: Louisiana – Lafayette vs. Louisiana Tech

Miami Beach Bowl
Marlins Park, Miami  – Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Houston vs. Akron
McMurphy: Houston vs. Akron
Palm: Temple vs. Central Michigan
Kirk: Southern Methodist vs. Eastern Michigan

Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida – Dec. 20, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: FIU vs. Memphis
McMurphy: Middle Tennessee vs. Cincinnati
Palm: Tulsa vs. Northerrn Illinois
Kirk: Southern Miss vs. Memphis

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Dec. 21, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: BYU vs. San Diego State
McMurphy: BYU vs. Wyoming
Palm: BYU vs. Air Force
Kirk: BYU vs. Wyoming

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho – Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
McMurphy: Eastern Michigan vs. Colorado State
Palm: Toledo vs. Colorado State
Kirk: Toledo vs. Air Force 

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas – Dec. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Old Dominion vs. Tulsa
McMurphy: North Texas vs. Tulsa
Palm: Louisiana Tech vs. Ohio
Kirk: Tulsa vs. Ohio

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas – Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Texas vs. Navy
McMurphy: Texas vs. Navy
Palm: Utah State vs. Navy
Kirk:Kansas State vs. Navy

Dollar General Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama – Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Troy vs. Toldeo
McMurphy: Troy vs. Western Michigan
Palm: Appalachian State vs. Western Michigan
Kirk: South Alabama vs. Western Michigan

Hawaii Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Western Kentucky vs. Hawai’i
McMurphy: Western Kentucky vs. Hawai’i
Palm: Old Dominion vs. Hawai’i
Kirk: Temple vs. Hawai’i

St. Petersburg Bowl
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida – Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia Tech vs. South Florida
McMurphy: Central Michigan vs. South Florida
Palm: Ball State vs. South Florida
Kirk: Wake Forest vs. Cincinnati 

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit – Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: N.C. State vs. Maryland
McMurphy: Georgia Tech vs. Indiana
Palm: Eastern Michigan vs. Northwestern
Kirk: Syracuse vs. Northwestern 

Camping World Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana – Dec. 26, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Schlabach: Syracuse vs. SMU
McMurphy: Syracuse vs. Ohio
Palm: UCF vs. N.C. State
Kirk: UTEP vs. Akron

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas  – Dec. 27, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Indiana vs. North Texas
McMurphy: Army vs. Louisiana Tech
Palm: Maryland vs. Western Kentucky
Kirk: Idaho vs. Western Kentucky

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland – Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Wake Forest vs. Temple
McMurphy: N.C. State vs. Memphis
Palm: Georgia Tech vs. Memphis
Kirk: Georgia Tech vs. Houston 

Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Dec. 27, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Nebraska vs. Colorado
McMurphy: Northwestern vs. Colorado
Palm: Penn State vs. Stanford
Kirk: Minnesota vs. Colorado 

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix – Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Texas Tech vs. Stanford
McMurphy: Kansas State vs. Stanford
Palm: : Kansas State vs. California
Kirk: Texas vs. Stanford 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York – Dec. 28, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern
McMurphy: Wake Forest vs. Minnesota
Palm: Pittsburgh vs. Iowa
Kirk: North Carolina vs. Maryland

Russell Athletic Bowl
Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida – Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
McMurphy: Virgini Tech vs. Oklahoma
Palm: Florida State vs. West Virginia
Kirk: Florida State vs. West Virginia

Foster Farms Bowl
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California – Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)

Schlabach: Minnesota vs. USC
McMurphy: Minnesota vs. USC
Palm: Indiana vs. Washington State
Kirk: Iowa vs. USC

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston -Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Ole  Miss
McMurphy: Oklahoma State vs. Auburn
Palm: TCU vs. South Carolina
Kirk: Baylor vs. Missouri

Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama – Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Louisiana Tech
McMurphy: Temple vs. Kentucky
Palm: Houston vs. South Alabama
Kirk: USF vs. Army 

Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina – Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Arkansas vs. North Carolina
McMurphy: Arkansas vs. Pittsburgh
Palm: Miami (FL) vs. LSU
Kirk: Virginia Tech vs. Auburn

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio – Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Baylor vs. Washington State
McMurphy: Baylor vs. Utah
Palm: Baylor vs. Colorado
Kirk: TCU vs. Washington State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee – Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: TCU vs. Kentucky
McMurphy: TCU vs. Ole Miss
Palm: Oklahoma State vs. Auburn
Kirk: Oklahoma State vs. Georgia

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas – Dec. 30, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Arizona State
McMurphy: North Carolina vs. Arizona State
Palm: Wake Forest vs. USC
Kirk: Pittsburgh vs. Arizona State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee – Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Iowa
McMurphy: Georgia vs. Iowa
Palm: Ole Miss vs. Minnesota
Kirk: Ole Miss vs. Indiana

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida- Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Louisville vs. Tennessee
McMurphy: Louisville vs. Wisconsin
Palm: Louisville vs. Wisconsin
Kirk: Louisville vs. Tennessee 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona – Dec. 30, TBA

Schlabach: Idaho vs. New Mexico 
McMurphy: Idaho vs. New Mexico
Palm: Wyoming vs. Arkansas State
Kirk: Utah State vs. Troy 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida – Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Wisconsin vs. Auburn
McMurphy: Florida State vs. Tennessee
Palm: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia
Kirk: Nebraska vs. LSU

TaxSlayer Bowl
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida – Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Miami (FL) vs. Florida
McMurphy: Miami (FL) vs. LSU
Palm: North Carolina vs. Arkansas
Parsons: Miami (FL) vs. Arkansas

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida – Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Penn State vs. LSU
McMurphy: Penn State vs. Florida
Palm: Nebraska vs. Florida
Kirk: Penn State vs. Florida

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas – Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Western Michigan vs. West Virginia
McMurphy: Boise State vs. Nebraska
Palm: San Diego State vs. Tennessee
Kirk:  Boise State vs. Wisconsin 

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – Jan. 2, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Utah
McMurphy: Ohio State vs. Washington State
Palm: Michigan vs. Utah
Kirk: Ohio State vs. Utah

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans – Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
McMurphy: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
Palm: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
Kirk: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta – Saturday, Dec. 31, TBA (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Washington
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Washington
Palm: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Kirk: Alabama vs. Washington

Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona – Saturday, Dec. 31, TBA (ESPN)

Schlabach: Clemson vs. Michigan
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Michigan
Palm: Clemson vs. Washington
Kirk: Clemson vs. Michigan

 National Championship
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida – Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, TBA (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Michigan
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Clemson
Palm: TBA
Kirk: Alabama vs. Michigan

Penn State in Pasadena?  Penn State’s victory over Ohio State isn’t going to put Penn State into the College Football Playoff, but it makes it very likely that they will be in the top tier of the Big Ten Conference bowl selections.  The Nittany Lions have a very good chance to get to the Orange Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Outback Bowl or the Holiday Bowl.  To do means that they’ll need to keep winning, but their schedule won’t be as difficult going forward, they face only one team with a winning record the rest of the season –Iowa at home.  If the Lions run the table, they’ll likely have the best record of Big Ten teams after the College Football Playoff and Rose Bowl selections are made.  If Penn State wins out and Ohio State falls to Michigan, it gets even more interesting.  The Lions would have the same record as Ohio State and hold the head-to-head tie-breaker.  If Michigan were to win the Big Ten Championship Game and move into the College Football Playoff, the Rose Bowl may be dialing up State College.

Who could upset the apple cart this weekend?  For starters, No. 16 Utah hosts No. 4 Washington, and No. 12 Florida State hosts No. 3 Clemson.   At No. 7 Nebraska travels to No. 11 Wisconsin and  No. 2 Michigan travels to East Lansing.  The Spartans have won three in a row over the Wolverines, and the Badgers have three straight from the Huskers.

Other games that have big impacts on the bowl selections for the teams involved include Maryland at Indiana, Florida vs. Georgia.  Cal vs. USC, Miami at Notre Dame, Arizona State at Oregon and Auburn at Ole Miss.

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