Bowl Predictions 2016: Complete CFP Projections Following Week 10

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2016

Nov 5, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) drops back to throw during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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Tuesday won't just provide the United States an answer as to who its next president will be. The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its second rankings of the 2016 season after Week 10 saw five teams within the Top 25 go down. 

Most notably, one of the teams in the Top Four, Texas A&M, lost to Mississippi State, which will ensure a shake-up in the playoff rankings as we take a look at the current poll and the results of each team:

College Football Week 10 Results
1AlabamaW 10-0 @ LSU
2ClemsonW 54-0 vs. Syracuse
3MichiganW 59-3 vs. Maryland
4Texas A&ML 35-28 @ Miss. St.
5WashingtonW 66-27 @ California
6Ohio StateW 62-3 vs. Nebraska
7LouisvilleW 52-7 @ Boston College
8WisconsinW 21-7 @ Northwestern
9AuburnW 23-16 vs. Vanderbilt
10NebraskaL 62-3 @ Ohio State
11FloridaL 31-10 @ Arkansas
12Penn StateW 41-14 vs. Iowa
13LSUL 10-0 vs. Alabama
14OklahomaW 34-24 @ Iowa State
15ColoradoW 20-10 vs. UCLA
16UtahBye Week
17BaylorL 62-22 vs. TCU
18Oklahoma StateW 43-37 @ Kansas State
19Virginia TechW 24-21 @ Duke
20West VirginiaW 48-21 vs. Kansas
21North CarolinaW 48-20 vs. Georgia Tech
22Florida StateW 24-20 @ NC State
23Western MichiganW 52-20 @ Ball State
24Boise StateW 45-31 vs. San Jose St.
25Washington StateW 69-7 vs. Arizona

It's never too early to look ahead to December, January and bowl season, so we took a swing at predicting which team will be playing in which bowl game:

2016-17 Bowl Projections
Bowl GameDateTeamTeam
Gildan New Mexico BowlSaturday, Dec. 17Colorado St.UTSA
Las Vegas BowlSaturday, Dec. 17San Diego St.Cal
AutoNation Cure BowlSaturday, Dec. 17UCFGeorgia So.
Raycom Media Camellia BowlSaturday, Dec. 17Appalachian St.C. Michigan
R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlSaturday, Dec. 17Mid. TennesseeSouthern Miss
Miami Beach BowlMonday, Dec. 19HoustonAkron
Boca Raton Bowl (American vs. C-USA)Tuesday, Dec. 20SMUOld Dominion
San Diego County CU Poinsettia BowlWednesday, Dec. 21BYUNew Mexico
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (MAC vs. MWC)Thursday, Dec. 22Eastern MichiganWyoming
Popeyes Bahamas BowlFriday, Dec. 23North TexasTulsa
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Navy vs. Big 12)Friday, Dec. 23TCUNavy
Dollar General BowlFriday, Dec. 23TroyToledo
Hawai'i BowlSaturday, Dec. 24Bose StateW. Kentucky
St. Petersburg BowlMonday, Dec. 26Boston CollegeSouth Florida
Quick Lane BowlMonday, Dec. 26NC StateNorthwestern
Camping World Independence BowlMonday, Dec. 26SyracuseGeorgia
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas BowlTuesday, Dec. 27ArmyLouisiana Tech
Military BowlTuesday, Dec. 27MiamiMemphis
Holiday BowlTuesday, Dec. 27NebraskaUtah
Motel 6 Cactus BowlTuesday, Dec. 27Kansas StateUSC
New Era Pinstripe BowlWednesday, Dec. 28Wake ForestMinnesota
Russell Athletic BowlWednesday, Dec. 28Virginia TechOklahoma St.
Foster Farms BowlWednesday, Dec. 28IndianaStanford
AdvoCare V100 Texas BowlWednesday, Dec. 28BaylorSouth Carolina
Birmingham BowlThursday, Dec. 29TempleMiss. St.
Belk BowlThursday, Dec. 29ArkansasGeorgia Tech
Valero Alamo BowlThursday, Dec. 29West VirginiaColorado
AutoZone Liberty BowlFriday, Dec. 30TexasTennessee
Hyundai Sun BowlFriday, Dec. 30PittsburghArizona St.
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/ND)Friday, Dec. 30KentuckyIowa
Nova Home Loans Arizona BowlFriday, Dec. 30IdahoAir Force
Capital One Orange BowlFriday, Dec. 30LouisvilleWisconsin
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlSaturday, Dec. 31Florida St.Texas A&M
TaxSlayer BowlSaturday, Dec. 31North CarolinaLSU
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl*Saturday, Dec. 31AlabamaOhio St.
Fiesta Bowl*Saturday, Dec. 31ClemsonWashington
Outback BowlMonday, Jan. 2Penn StateFlorida
Goodyear Cotton BowlMonday, Jan. 2Western MichiganWest Virginia
Rose Bowl GameMonday, Jan. 2MichiganWashington St.
Allstate Sugar BowlMonday, Jan. 2OklahomaAuburn
*Denotes national semifinal

Alabama's defense put on another clinic in a classic, low-scoring showdown with LSU as it will most likely retain its No. 1 spot for another week. 

Per ESPN.com, the 10-0 score was tied for the fewest points scored in an AP Top 15 matchup in the last 30 years. 

At 9-0, the Crimson Tide have somewhat smooth sailing for the rest of the season with matchups against Mississippi State, Chattanooga and No. 9 Auburn remaining. So there is little to suggest that it won't be the No. 1 seed come the playoff.

No. 2 Clemson, on the other hand, put up plenty of points on Syracuse in a 54-0 blowout. However, there was cause for concern when leader and quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with a shoulder injury. Luckily for the Tigers, it isn't too serious, per ESPN.com's David Hale

Clemson has an even easier remaining schedule compared to Alabama, as the Tigers meet Pitt, Wake Forest and South Carolina to end their season. 

Texas A&M's loss opens up a spot for undefeated No. 5 Washington to swoop in and take the No. 4 spot after the Huskies took care of Cal on Saturday night. 

The Aggies could also sink beneath No. 6 Ohio State, which demolished No. 10 Nebraska at home 62-3 in historic fashion, per ESPN Stats & Info: 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Ohio State's 59-point win over Nebraska is tied for second-largest in a game between top-10 teams in AP poll https://t.co/51HjLcvqcL

The Buckeyes are less than three weeks away from meeting No. 3 Michigan for what will most likely be a game to decide the Big Ten's playoff representative. 

Ohio State hasn't lost a rivalry game with Michigan since 2011 and has a more experienced roster with players who have contended for a national championship. 

Because of that, Ohio State gets the final spot to round out the national semifinals.


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