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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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2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 13

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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

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

Taysom Hill among dozen ‘Academic Heisman’ finalists

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the Brigham Young Cougars let loose of a long pass during second half action against the Boise State Broncos on October 20, 2016 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 28-27. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
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As the watch lists for on-field honors continue to roll out, an award for what’s essentially scholastic excellence has significantly whittled its list to the chosen several.

The National Football Foundation, in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Thursday the finalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy.  Commonly referred to as the “Academic Heisman,” the Campbell Trophy annually “recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Four of the dozen finalists hail from Power Five programs (Arkansas, BYU, Duke, Wake Forest), while another four come from Group of Five teams (Central Michigan, East Carolina, San Jose State, Western Michigan). There’s also two from the FCS (Dayton, Northern Iowa) and one each from Div. II (Delta State (Miss.)) and Div. III (St. John’s (Minn.)).

Oklahoma’s Ty Darlington was the 2015 winner of the Campbell Trophy.

Below are the 12 finalists for this year’s award, along with their GPAs and majors:

Chris Beaschler, LB, Dayton, 3.72, Mechanical Engineering
Tim Crawley, WR, San Jose State, 3.78, Business Management
DeVon Edwards, S, Duke, 3.35, Psychology
Brooks Ellis, LB, Arkansas, 3.82, Exercise Science
Carter Hanson, LB, St. John’s (Minn.), 4.00, Business Leadership
Taysom Hill, QB, BYU, 3.45, Finance
Ryan Janvion, S, Wake Forest, 3.53, Business Management
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina, 3.56, Communications
Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan, 3.86, Actuarial Science
Karter Schult, DL, Northern Iowa, 3.87, Exercise Science
Tyler Sullivan, QB, Delta State (Miss.), 3.68, Biology
Zach Terrell, QB, Western Michigan, 3.66, Finance

The state of Michigan? Just one loss amongst five FBS teams

EVANSTON, IL- SEPTEMBER 03: P.J. Fleck head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos reacts after his teams win against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2016 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. the Western Michigan Broncos won 22-21. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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If you’re an FBS program in the state of Michigan, you’re off to a pretty good start to the 2016 season. In fact, it’s damn-near perfect.

Eastern Michigan, amidst a peaceful protest, was able to hold off Wyoming Friday night to push its record to 3-1 on the young season. That marks the first time in more than two decades that the Eagles have started a season at 3-1.

Not only that, but it continues into Week 4 what’s been a rather remarkable first three weeks of the season for the FBS teams in the state.

Michigan and Michigan State of the Big Ten are 3-0 and 2-0, respectively, thus far. EMU’s directional counterparts, Central Michigan and Big Ten West leader Western Michigan, are each 3-0.

Add it all up, as Bruce Feldman did on his Twitter account, and the five FBS teams from the state of Michigan are a combined 14-1 heading into a Saturday that will see UM (Penn State, 2-1), MSU (Wisconsin, 3-0), CMU (Virginia, 0-3) and WMU (Georgia Southern, 3-0) look to push that mark to 18-1.

In the here and now, though, how does that .933 winning percentage compare to other states with three or more FBS teams at this juncture of the 2016 season? Let’s take a peek.

Colorado — .750 (6-2)
Tennessee — .727 (8-3)
Georgia — .692 (9-4)
Kentucky — .667 (6-3)
Utah — .667 (6-3)
Florida — .619 (13-8)
California — 12-8 (.600)
Indiana — .600 (6-4)
Texas — .595 (22-15)
Alabama — .583 (7-5)
Oklahoma — .555 (5-4)
Pennsylvania — .555 (5-4)
North Carolina — .542 (13-11)
Ohio — .542 (13-11)
New York — .500 (4-4)
Louisiana — .467 (7-8)
Mississippi — .444 (4-5)
Illinois — .222 (2-7)

One note before somebody starts whining despite the three-team stipulation: the state of Maryland is undefeated but has “just” two FBS programs, with both Maryland and Navy sitting at 3-0 each.