Monday, December 12, 2016

2016-2017 Bowl Games

As I do every year, here is a listing of all the college football Bowl games. They will begin on Saturday and each year seem to be growing in number. For the first time in several years, my alma mater will not be playing. Neither will two of the three other large schools that people in the Chicago area tend to have associations with, but those of us who are fans of the Chicago Cubs have no complaints this year.

So, as is typically the case, I really do not have strong rooting interests for these games, but hope to see some strong competition and late game drama. I will list the schools I want to win in bold, even if they may really just be something like a coin toss. The rankings will not be that of the College Football Playoff Committee but of the Associated Press.

1. Celebration Bowl
Atlanta, GA

North Carolina Central Eagles vs. Grambling State Tigers

2. New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Lobos vs. Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners

3. Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV

Houston Cougars vs. San Diego State Aztecs

4. Camellia Bowl
Montgomery, AL

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

5. Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL

Central Florida Knights vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves

6. New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

7. Beach Bowl
Miami, FL

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

8. Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Raton, FL

Memphis Tigers vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

9. Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego, CA

Brigham Young Cougars vs .Wyoming Cowboys

10. Potato Bowl
Boise, ID

Idaho Vandals vs. Colorado State Rams

11. Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, The Bahamas

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Old Dominion Monarchs

12. Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs United States Naval Academy Midshipmen

13. Dollar General Bowl
Mobile, AL

Ohio Bobcats vs. Troy Trojans

14. Hawai'i Bowl
Halawa, HI

 Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Warriors vs. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders

15. St. Petersburg Bowl
St. Petersburg, FL

Miami RedHawks vs. Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science Bulldogs

16. Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI

Maryland, College Park Terrapins vs. Boston College Eagles

17. Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

18. Heart of Dallas Bowl
Dallas, TX

United States Military Academy at West Point Black Knights vs. North Texas Mean Green

19. Military Bowl
Annapolis, MD

# 23 Temple Owls vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

20. Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA

Minnesota Twin Cities Golden Gophers vs. Washington State Cougars

21. Cactus Bowl
Phoenix, AZ

Boise State Broncos vs. Baylor Bears

22.  Pinstripe Bowl
Bronx, NY

# 22 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Northwestern Wildcats

23. Athletic Bowl
Orlando, FL

# 14 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Miami Hurricanes

24. Foster Farms Bowl
Santa Clara, CA

Indiana Bloomington Hoosiers vs. Utah Utes

25. Texas Bowl
Houston, TX

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kansas State Wildcats

26. Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham, AL

# 25 South Florida Bulls vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

27. Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. # 18 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Hokies

28. Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX

# 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. # 11 Colorado Boulder Buffaloes

29. Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs

30. Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX

# 16 Leland Stanford Junior Cardinal vs. North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

31. Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN

# 24 Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers vs. Tennessee, Knoxville Volunteers

32. Arizona Bowl
Tuscon, AZ

South Alabama Jaguars vs. United States Air Force Academy Falcons

33. Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL

# 6 Michigan Wolverines vs. # 10 Florida State Seminoles

34. Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL

# 19 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Tigers vs. #15 Louisville Cardinals

35. TaxSlayer Bowl
Jacksonville, FL

Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets vs. Kentucky Wildcats

36. Peach Bowl
Atlanta, GA

# 4 Washington Huskies vs. # 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

37. Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, AZ

# 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. # 3 Clemson Tigers

38. Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL

# 20 Florida Gators vs. #21 Iowa Hawkeyes

39. Cotton Bowl
Arlington, TX

# 12 Western Michigan Broncos vs. # 8 Wisconsin-Madison Badgers

40. Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA

# 9 Southern California Trojans vs. # 5 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions

41. Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA

# 17 Auburn Tigers vs. # 7 Oklahoma Sooners

42. National Championship
Tampa, FL

Peach Bowl Winner vs. Fiesta Bowl Winner