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2017 Bowl Projections: How the Full 40-Game Schedule Took Shape

The conference championship games held the final piece to the bowl puzzle, setting up our final bowl projections. Now we know who's going where.

One final Saturday. That was all that was left until college football’s one-of-a-kind postseason is set, with unique bowl games around the nation leading up to the fourth edition of the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, Georgia and Wisconsin entered their conference title games knowing they should make the final four with a win, while Ohio State harbored hopes it could still cause havoc and Alabama watched it all nervously from a distance.

Below, you’ll find our Sunday morning projections for all 39 bowl games leading up to the College Football Playoff national championship in Atlanta on Jan. 8, along with the finalized matchups (in bold). Three teams—UTSA, Buffalo and Western Michigan—reached the six-win threshold but were not selected for a bowl game.

2017 Bowl Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 16

R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans (1 p.m., ESPN)
Sun Belt vs. C-USA
Prediction: Troy vs. Southern Mississippi
Matchup: Troy vs. North Texas

AutoNation Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (2:30 p.m., CBSSN)
AAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia State
Matchup: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas (3:30 p.m., ABC)
​MWC vs. Pac-12
Prediction: Boise State vs. Arizona
Matchup: Boise State vs. Oregon

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: UTSA vs. Utah State
Matchup: Marshall vs. Colorado State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. (8 p.m., ESPN)
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Akron vs. Arkansas State
Matchup: Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, Fla. (7 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: SMU vs. Florida Atlantic
Matchup: Akron vs. Florida Atlantic

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas (8 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Houston vs. San Diego State
Matchup: SMU vs. Louisiana Tech

Thursday, Dec. 21

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla. (8 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Marshall vs. Temple
Matchup: Florida International vs. Temple

Friday, Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas (12:30 p.m., ESPN)
Matchup: UAB vs. Ohio

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise (4 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Northern Illinois vs. Colorado State
Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, Ala. (12 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Memphis vs. Duke
Matchup: USF vs. Texas Tech

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
Army vs. C-USA
Prediction: Army vs. Western Kentucky
Matchup: Army vs. San Diego State

Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala. (7 p.m., ESPN)
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Prediction: Toledo vs. Appalachian State
Matchup: Toledo vs. Appalachian State

Sunday, Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Navy vs. Fresno State
Matchup: Houston vs. Fresno State

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Big 12 vs. Big Ten
Prediction: Texas Tech vs. North Texas
Matchup: West Virginia vs. Utah

Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
ACC vs. Big Ten
Prediction: Virginia vs. Central Michigan
Matchup: Duke vs. Northern Illinois

Cactus Bowl, Phoenix (9 p.m., ESPN)
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Prediction: Kansas State vs. Oregon
Matchup: Kansas State vs. UCLA

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Walk-On's Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La. (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Florida International vs. UCLA
Matchup: Florida State vs. Southern Miss

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, New York (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
ACC vs. Big Ten
Prediction: Virginia Tech vs. Purdue
Matchup: Boston College vs. Iowa

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Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif. (8 p.m., FOX)
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Prediction: Iowa vs. Washington State
Matchup: Purdue vs. Arizona

Academy Sports​ + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston (9 p.m., ESPN)
Big 12 vs. SEC
Prediction: Texas vs. Utah
Matchup: Texas vs. Missouri

Thursday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md. (1:30 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Florida State vs. South Florida
Matchup: Virginia vs. Navy

Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (5:15 p.m., ESPN)
ACC vs. Big 12
Prediction: NC State vs. Iowa State
Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Pac-12 vs. Big 12
Prediction: Stanford vs. Oklahoma State
Matchup: Stanford vs. TCU

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, San Diego (9 p.m., FS1)
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Prediction: Michigan vs. Washington
Matchup: Michigan State vs. Washington State

Friday, Dec. 29

Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C. (1 p.m., ESPN)
Prediction: Wake Forest vs. Kentucky
Matchup: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas (2 p.m., CBS)
ACC vs. Pac-12
Prediction: Boston College vs. Arizona State
Matchup: NC State vs. Arizona State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn. (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Prediction: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
Matchup: Kentucky vs. Northwestern

Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Ariz. (5:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Sun Belt vs. MWC
Prediction: New Mexico State vs. Wyoming
Matchup: New Mexico State vs. Utah State

Saturday, Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla. (12 p.m., ESPN)
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Prediction: LSU vs. Louisville
Matchup: Mississippi State vs. Louisville

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. (12:30 p.m., ABC)
Big 12 vs. SEC
Prediction: West Virginia vs. Missouri
Matchup: Iowa State vs. Memphis

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla. (12 p.m., ESPN2)
Big Ten vs. SEC
Prediction: Michigan State vs. South Carolina
Matchup: Michigan vs. South Carolina

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (1 p.m., ABC)
SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten
Prediction: Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame
Matchup: LSU vs. Notre Dame

New Year's Six Bowls

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas (Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m., ESPN)
At-large vs. At-large
Prediction: Ohio State vs. TCU
Matchup: Ohio State vs. USC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 4 p.m., ESPN)
At-large vs. At-large
Prediction: USC vs. Wisconsin
Matchup: Penn State vs. Washington

Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla. (Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN)
ACC vs. Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame
Prediction: Miami vs. Penn State
Matchup: Miami vs. Wisconsin

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta (Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m., ESPN)
At-large vs. At-Large
Prediction: UCF vs. Auburn
Matchup: UCF vs. Auburn

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Pasadena, Calif. (Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ESPN)
CFP semifinalist vs. CFP semifinalist
Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Georgia
Matchup: Oklahoma vs. Georgia

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans (Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m., ESPN)
CFP semifinalist vs. CFP semifinalist
Prediction: Clemson vs. Alabama
Matchup: Clemson vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff National Championship, Atlanta (Jan. 8, 8 p.m., ESPN)
CFP semifinal winner vs. CFP semifinal winner