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LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Behold: The full 2016-17 college football bowl schedule is here

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The College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six lineups are set, but there’s much more to bowl season than the top line games. Running 40 games deep and stretching from Dec. 17 to Jan. 9, the 2016-17 bowl schedule came together Sunday afternoon, which we’ve compiled here for your viewing enjoyment.

Let’s dive right in.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): UTSA vs. New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): Houston vs. San Diego State
Raycom Media Camelia Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Appalachian State vs. Toledo
AutoNation Cure Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): Central Florida vs. Arkansas State
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): Lousiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Miss

Monday, Dec. 19
Miami Beach Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Central Michigan vs. Tulsa

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Boca Raton Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Memphis vs. Western Kentucky

Wednesday, Dec. 21
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): BYU vs. Wyoming

Thursday, Dec. 22
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Idaho vs. Colorado State

Friday, Dec. 23
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (1 p.m. ET, ESPN): Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Louisiana Tech vs. No. 25 Navy
Dollar General Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): Ohio vs. Troy

Saturday, Dec. 24
Hawai’i Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee

Monday, Dec. 26
St. Petersburg Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ESPN): Mississippi State vs. Miami (Ohio)
Quick Lane Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Boston College vs. Maryland
Camping World Independence Bowl (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2): NC State vs. Vanderbilt

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (noon ET, ESPN): Army vs. North Texas
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 24 Temple vs. Wake Forest
National Funding Holiday Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Washington State vs. Minnesota
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Boise State vs. Baylor

Wednesday, Dec. 28
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Russell Athletic Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 16 West Virginia vs. Miami
Foster Farms Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX): Indiana vs. No. 19 Utah
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

Thursday, Dec. 29
Birmingham Bowl (2 p.m. ET, ESPN): South Florida vs. South Carolina
Belk Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Arkansas vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
Valero Alamo Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State

Friday, Dec. 30
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (noon ET, ESPN): TCU vs. Georgia
Hyundai Sun Bowl (2 p.m. ET, CBS): No. 18 Stanford vs. North Carolina
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 21 Tennessee vs. Nebraska
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET, Campus Insiders): South Alabama vs. Air Force
Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State

Saturday, Dec. 31
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ABC): No. 20 LSU vs. No. 13 Louisville
TaxSlayer Bowl (11 a.m. ET, ESPN): Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
CFP Semifinal at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (3 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
CFP Semifinal at PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson

Monday, Jan. 2
Outback Bowl (1 p.m. ET, ABC): No. 17 Florida vs. Iowa
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (1 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

Monday, Jan. 9
College Football Playoff National Championship (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): ALA/WASH vs. CLEM/OSU

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26:  Darrius Sims #6 celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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As we exit a wild Thanksgiving week filled with rivalry game upsets and head toward the final week of the regular season, it’s crazy to think that college football is over for a lot of teams. At the same time, there are dozens of others wondering what’s next on the docket with the postseason picture still slowly coming into focus. Most teams are left wondering just how the bowl picture will shake out and it could come right down to the end for several teams looking to find a spot from the College Football Playoff on down.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Florida
Orange Bowl Florida State Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Western Michigan

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl North Texas+ San Diego State
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Central Michigan
New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss Appalachian State
Miami Beach Bowl Tulsa Toledo
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Houston
Poinsettia Bowl BYU* Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Old Dominion* Eastern Michigan*
Armed Forces Bowl Navy* Mississippi State+
Dollar General Bowl Troy Ohio
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Army
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Boston College
Independence Bowl South Carolina N.C. State
Heart of Dallas Bowl Louisiana Tech South Alabama
Military Bowl Wake Forest Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Vanderbilt Memphis
Belk Bowl Georgia Tech Kentucky
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl Tennessee TCU
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Arkansas
Outback Bowl Nebraska LSU
Citrus Bowl Louisville Auburn
Arizona Bowl Idaho Boise State

*Accepted bowl invite
+ 5-7 team selected based on APR

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 12

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 12: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 62-3, at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 12 in college football is in the books and, while it was not quite as wild as the week before, it still had a number of big upsets that shook up the postseason picture. Everybody is deservedly talking about the playoff path for several teams but numerous rivalry games and a handful of conference title games mean there are a ton of key games left on the docket.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Tennessee
Orange Bowl Louisville Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Navy

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State San Diego State
Cure Bowl S. Alabama No. Illinois
Camellia Bowl Appalachian State Toledo
New Orleans Bowl Arkansas State Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl UCF Central Michigan
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Memphis
Poinsettia Bowl BYU Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Ohio Old Dominion
Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa Army
Dollar General Bowl Troy Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida N.C. State
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Eastern Michigan
Independence Bowl South Carolina Boston College
Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas Vanderbilt
Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Boise State
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M TCU
Birmingham Bowl Kentucky Houston
Belk Bowl Ole Miss Wake Forest
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl LSU Kansas State
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Auburn
Outback Bowl Nebraska Arkansas
Citrus Bowl Virginia Tech Florida
Arizona Bowl Idaho Air Force

Group of Five Power Ranking: WMU still on top, but MWC picture welcomes Boise back to the conversation

MUNCIE, IN - NOVEMBER 01: Damon Hazleton Jr. #89 of the Ball State Cardinals fumbles the ball as Robert Spillane #10 of the Western Michigan Broncos makes the tackle at Scheumann  Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Muncie, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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College football has two FBS teams still without a loss two weekends to November. One of them is Alabama. The other, after a chaotic day around the country, is Western Michigan. The dream of Western Michigan reaching the College Football Playoff may in fact be just that, a dream, but the Broncos remain in solid position to reach a New Years Six bowl game as they hit the final stretch of the season.

At 10-0, Western Michigan has outscored their opponents 444-195 this season. P.J. Fleck and his program can wrap up the MAC West Division title with a win and a Toledo loss, which likely means the regular season finale will determine the division. Toledo is the last great hurdle standing between Western Michigan and a trip to perhaps the Cotton Bowl. Toledo is 8-2, so it is nothing to shrug off, although Western Michigan will get Toledo on their home turf. The way Western Michigan has been playing, the Broncos are the clear leader in the Group of Five race to a New Years Six bowl game, but things just got a bit more interesting in the Mountain West Conference last night with Wyoming losing a triple overtime shootout at UNLV.

San Diego State (9-1) is already locked in to play in the MWC Championship Game at the end of the year and is now playing for home-field advantage. This week they will play on the road against Wyoming, who now must win games just to stay in front of Boise State. Wyoming owns a head-to-head tiebreaker with Boise State, but these Broncos (9-1) can reclaim the top spot in the Mountain Division with a win at home against UNLV this week and a San Diego State victory in Laramie. Then, if Boise State can win at Air Force in the regular season finale, the Broncos would meet the Aztecs in the championship game.

Does a one-loss Mountain West Conference champion have enough to back up an argument to move ahead of an undefeated Western Michigan? Maybe, if it is Boise State that comes out on top. The big card Boise State can play is having a win over Washington State, who sits atop the Pac-12 North entering this week all by themselves. WMU has a pair of road wins against Big Ten teams, Northwestern and Illinois, but the Broncos could potentially have two wins against top 25 teams to bring to the table, and it is arguably true the Mountain West Conference is a stronger conference than the MAC. San Diego State would still have a case to be made too should they end the year with one loss and the MWC crown, although with just one win against a top 25 team (Boise State) and a bad loss at South Alabama.

Boise State is very much alive in this conversation, folks.

But what about the American Athletic Conference?

The AAC may be the best all-around Group of Five conference, but it may have picked itself apart this season with little time remaining without some help from the MAC and MWC (which is not out of the question entirely). The AAC has a handful of teams that may be favored against Western Michigan and perhaps more than capable of giving Boise State and San Diego State a good battle, but the conference is guaranteed to have a conference champion with no fewer than two losses with USF (8-2), Temple (7-3), Navy (7-2), Houston (8-2) and even Tulsa (7-3) still in the running. These are some really good teams we are talking about here in the AAC, and it shows the AAC has more depth than any other Group of Five conference, but can any come out on top in the end and make a case against an undefeated Western Michigan or a one-loss MWC champ?

I’ll entertain the arguments, but I fail to see how it becomes enough to sway the selection committee when it comes time to ranking the teams and setting the New Years Six table.

So, as we hit mid-November, here is how I have the Group of Five pecking order lined up. This is now more of a ranking of likeliness to play in the New Years Six rather than a specific power ranking, so please keep that in mind. Also, as a reminder, BYU and Army are not included in this exercise.

1. Western Michigan (10-0)

Win out and there is no denying Western Michigan a spot in the New Years Six. Row the boat to the Cotton Bowl if they reach 13-0. 12-1 may sink the boat.

2. San Diego State (9-1)

San Diego state can pretty much wrap up a home game for the MWC championship game with a win at Wyoming. This is far from a given, but if the Aztecs beat the Cowboys this week, San Diego State is the favorite to win the MWC and may end up doing so with just one loss that will be hard to ignore.

3. Boise State (9-1)

Boise State is back in this as a legitimate candidate if San Diego State helps them out this weekend, but Boise State cannot look past their two remaining regular season games. UNLV just showed how dangerous they can be, and Air Force on the road is no easy game for the Broncos. Plus, they may have to win in San Diego at the end of the year.

4. AAC Champion

Take your pick really, because it is pretty wide open, but it looks as though we are going to have a conference championship game between Navy and Temple or South Florida. Navy is in a favorable position to wrap up the West Division while USF continues to keep the pressure on Temple to win. Temple wins the East with two wins vs. Tulane and East Carolina or one win and one USF loss against either SMU or UCF. Temple has the odds in their favor here, but it is too close to call.

Whoever comes out of this conference will still need some help elsewhere. But it could still happen!

5. Troy (8-1)

There is not enough chaos in the world to throw Troy into the New Years Six but I wanted to make sure we pay respect to what they are doing in the Sun Belt Conference after edging Appalachian State this weekend. Troy’s only loss this season was on the road in Week 2 against Clemson, a 30-24 setback. That’s not too shabby at all for the Trojans. Since then, Troy has rattled off seven straight wins and gone 5-0 in the Sun Belt, putting them in a tie for first place with Arkansas State. That puts the top spot in the Sun Belt on the line this Thursday night when Troy hosts Arkansas State.

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 11

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Kenyan Drake #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns a punt for a 95 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Week 11 in college football is in the books and it was certainly a wild one with half of the top 10 going down and several other upsets shaking up the postseason picture. Everybody is deservedly talking about the playoff path for nearly a dozen teams and it should all make for a fun final month of the regular season.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin Utah
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma LSU
Orange Bowl Louisville Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Boise State

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State San Diego State
Cure Bowl S. Alabama UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Toledo
New Orleans Bowl Troy Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl Ohio Tulsa
Boca Raton Bowl Old Dominion Memphis
Poinsettia Bowl BYU Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State North Texas
Bahamas Bowl Western Kentucky Central Michigan
Armed Forces Bowl Navy TCU
Dollar General Bowl Appalachian St. Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl Southern Miss Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Boston College
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Miami (OH)
Independence Bowl S. Carolina Baylor
Heart of Dallas Bowl MTSU Army
Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Colorado
Cactus Bowl Texas Tech Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Minnesota Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Kentucky Houston
Belk Bowl Virginia Tech Georgia
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State USC
Liberty Bowl Ole Miss Texas
Sun Bowl Wake Forest Stanford
Music City Bowl Northwestern Arkansas
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Auburn
Outback Bowl Nebraska Florida
Citrus Bowl North Carolina Tennessee
Arizona Bowl Idaho Eastern Michigan