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Bowl Projections from Around the Web – November 14, 2016

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

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

Miller: Wyoming vs. Western Kentucky
Kirk: New Mexico vs. Texas – San Antonio
Palm: New Mexico vs. UTEP

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

Miller: Boise State vs. Arizona State
Kirk: Boise State vs. Stanford
Palm: Boise State vs. Arizona State

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

Miller: Appalachian State vs. Eastern Michigan
Kirk: Appalachian State vs. Eastern Michigan
Palm: South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan

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

Miller: UCF vs. Arkansas State
Kirk: UCF vs. Louisiana – Lafayette
Palm: UCF vs. Arkansas State

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

Miller: Louisiana – Lafayette vs. Louisiana Tech
Kirk: Troy vs. Louisiana Tech
Palm: Troy vs. Middle Tennessee

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

Miller: Memphis vs. Central Michigan
Kirk: Southern Methodist vs. Central Michigan
Palm: Temple vs. Central Michigan

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

Miller: Tulsa vs. Old Dominion
Kirk: Old Dominion vs. Memphis
Palm: Southern Miss vs. Memphis

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

Miller: BYU vs. San Diego State
Kirk: BYU vs. San Diego State
Palm: BYU vs. Wyoming

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

Miller: Air Force vs. Akron
Kirk: Ohio vs. Wyoming
Palm: Toledo vs. Colorado State

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

Miller: USF vs. Toledo
Kirk: Miami (OH) vs. Tulsa
Palm: Louisiana Tech vs. Ohio

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

Miller: Kansas State vs. Navy
Kirk: Baylor vs. Navy
Palm: Kansas State vs. Navy

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

Miller: Troy vs. Ohio
Kirk: Arkansas State vs. Toledo
Palm: Appalachian State vs. Western Michigan

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

Miller: Middle Tennessee vs. UNLV
Kirk: Southern Miss vs. Hawai’i
Palm: Old Dominion vs. Air Force

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

Miller: Army vs. SMU
Kirk: Temple vs. Mississippi State
Palm: Miami (OH) vs. South Florida

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

Miller: Georgia Tech vs. Indiana
Kirk: Northern Illinois vs. Army
Palm: Boston College vs. Maryland

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

Miller: Wake Forest vs. Texas – San Antonio
Kirk: Middle Tennessee vs. Ole Miss
Palm: Kentucky vs. N.C. State

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

Miller: Colorado State vs. Southern Miss
Kirk: Northwestern vs. Western  Kentucky
Palm: Army vs. Western Kentucky

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

Miller: Pittsburgh vs. Temple
Kirk: N.C. State vs. Houston
Palm: Georgia Tech vs. Houston

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

Miller: Northwestern vs. Washington State
Kirk: Minnesota vs. Washington State
Palm: Minnesota vs. Washington State

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

Miller: TCU vs. Cal
Kirk: Kansas State vs. Arizona State
Palm: : Texas vs. Northern Illinois

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

Miller: N.C. State vs. Maryland
Kirk: Georgia Tech vs. Maryland
Palm: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

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

Miller: Miami (FL) vs. West Virginia
Kirk: Miami (FL) vs. West Virginia
Palm: Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

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

Miller: Minnesota vs. Colorado
Kirk: Indiana vs. Utah
Palm: Indiana vs. USC

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

Miller: Baylor vs. Ole Miss
Kirk: Texas vs. Texas A&M
Palm: TCU vs. South Carolina

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

Miller: Houston vs. South Carolina
Kirk: USF vs. Kentucky
Palm: Tulsa vs. Ole Miss

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

Miller: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech
Kirk: South Carolina vs. Wake Forest
Palm: Miami (FL) vs. Georgia

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

Miller: Oklahoma State vs. USC
Kirk: Oklahoma State vs. Washington
Palm: West Virginia vs. Colorado

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

Miller: Texas vs. Kentucky
Kirk: TCU vs. Georgia
Palm: Baylor vs. LSU

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

Miller: North Carolina vs. Stanford
Kirk: Pitt vs. Colorado
Palm: Wake Forest vs. Stanford

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

Miller: Iowa vs. Georgia
Kirk: Iowa vs. Arkansas
Palm: Iowa vs. Arkansas

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

Miller: Louisville vs. Wisconsin
Kirk: Florida State vs. Penn State
Palm: Louisville vs. Michigan

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

Miller: Idaho vs. New Mexico
Kirk: Idaho vs. Air Force
Palm: Idaho vs. Texas – San Antonio

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

Miller: Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
Kirk: North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Palm: Florida State vs. Tennessee

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

Miller: Florida State vs. Auburn
Kirk: Virginia Tech vs. Florida
Palm: North Carolina vs. Florida

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

Miller: Penn State vs. Florida
Kirk: Nebraska vs. Auburn
Palm: Nebraska vs. Auburn

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

Miller: Western Michigan vs. Tennessee
Kirk: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin
Palm: San Diego State vs. Penn State

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

Miller: Ohio  State vs. Utah
Kirk: Ohio State vs. USC
Palm: Wisconsin vs. Utah

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

Miller: LSU vs. Oklahoma
Kirk: LSU vs. Oklahoma
Palm: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma


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

Miller: Alabama vs. Washington
Kirk: Alabama vs. Louisville
Palm: Alabama vs. Ohio State

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

Miller: Michigan vs. Clemson
Kirk: Michigan vs. Clemson
Palm: Clemson vs. Washington

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

Miller: Alabama vs. Clemson
Kirk: Alabama vs. Michigan
Palm: TBA

As the season progresses and things become a little more clear, expert picks should come together, but that really isn’t happening.  With less than three weeks until bowl selections, there are only 12 picks that are shared between these three.  Here’s the list, Navy and BYU are virtual locks based on bowl contracts.

  • Alabama in the Peach Bowl
  • Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl
  • BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl
  • Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl
  • UCF in the Cure Bowl
  • Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl
  • Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl
  • Idaho in the Arizona Bowl
  • Iowa in the Music City Bowl
  • Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl
  • Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl
  • Washington State in the Holiday Bowl

Can the Sooners win in Morgantown, will Western beat Toledo, what if Iowa beats Nebraska, and we see the Cougars either going higher or lower.  We’ll tough on those two possibilities in a second.

Start making your Thanksgiving weekend plans now – Clear your schedule, get to a game, or plan on camping out in front of the TV.  Rivalry weekend will feature several games that will have an oversized impact on the bowl picture.  Here’s a quick list.


  • LSU at Texas A&M – The winner should be heading to the Sugar Bowl!


  • Nebraska at Iowa – Iowa’s win over Michigan changed everything, they could still finish 8-4, with big wins against highly-ranked teams. And it is still possible to have a five-way tie in the Big Ten West.  Meanwhile, Nebraska has an easier path to the Big Ten Championship Game, and could have the most wins in a season since 2001.
  • Washington at Washington State – The Pac-12 North Division Championship will go to the winner, along with a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game, and a potential Rose Bowl berth.  If the Huskies lose, they are heading to San Diego or San Antonio, if the Cougars go down, bet on Las Vegas.

Saturday – Watch as many as you can!

  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Florida at Florida State
  • Kentucky at Louisville
  • Purdue at Indiana
  • Illinois at Northwestern
  • Rutgers at Maryland
  • Minnesota at Wisconsin
  • Michigan at Ohio State

Crazy Bowl Prediction – What makes it crazy?  First, none of the expert forecasters can pick the team we write about for the game we select, which is actually a hard place to start.  Then it must seem slightly illogical, but we’ll explain how it happens.  Then we stick with it the remainder of the season, we don’t change every week.

Our Crazy Bowl Prediction is for the team all three experts have penciled in for the Holiday Bowl.  This week, we’ll place Washington State in the Las Vegas Bowl. And even though the experts are all picking Boise State, we say it will not be a repeat. So here’s how it happens.  The Cougars have a very difficult remaining schedule, with games at No. 12 Colorado and at home against No. 7 Washington.  Beat the Huskies and they get to play in the Pac-12 Championship where they would face another nationally ranked team.  If they win those three games, they’ll appear in the Rose Bowl.  Lose to Washington or in the Pac-12 Championship Game, they’ll find their way to Las Vegas.  Here’s the Pac-12 bowl picture –

  • Rose Bowl – USC, Utah or Washington
  • Alamo Bowl – USC or Washington
  • Holiday Bowl – Utah
  • Sun Bowl – Colorado
  • Foster Farms Bowl – Stanford
  • Las Vegas Bowl – Washington State
  • Arizona Bowl – Arizona State

What if Washington makes the College Football Playoff?  If  that happens, we believe Utah or Colorado moves into the Rose Bowl.  USC still heads to San Antonio, Stanford to the Sun Bowl and Washington State to the Foster Farms Bowl.  For the Huskies to get there, they’ll need to beat ASU, win in Pullman and defeat the South Division Champion.  They’ll also need to get enough love from the selection committee to step in front of some other one and two-loss teams.

  • October 31 – Penn State to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl
  • November 7 – Ohio State to be selected to appear in the Orange Bowl
  • November 14 – Washington State to be selected to appear in the Las Vegas Bowl

Please send any comments or questions!



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