Bowl Madness

The college football season is a five month party that slowly becomes more and more exclusive as December starts and conference play ends. The top teams get ready to take on other divisional champs in conference championship games as the fans countdown to bowl selection Sunday.

The new College Football Playoff Rankings determine who ends up in the National Semi-finals at the Peach Bowl & Fiesta Bowl, while the remaining spots in the other major bowls will keep their conference tie-ins.

We'll continue to update the page from early projected standings until the initial release after Week 9, and throughout the 2016-17 season.

Who will be the National Champions in 2017?

College Football Playoff Standings

The new standings are the result of a 13-person selection committee that ranks their Top 25 from weeks 9 to 16. The top teams will be paired off 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 in the Semi-finals, with the winners playing in the National Championship:

RANK
TEAM
RECORD
CONF
#1
Alabama
13 - 0
SEC
#2
Clemson
12 - 1
ACC
#3
Ohio State
11 - 1
BIG TEN
#4
Washington
12 - 1
PAC 12
#5
Penn State
11 - 2
BIG TEN
#6
Michigan
10 - 2
BIG TEN
#7
Oklahoma
10 - 2
BIG 12
#8
Wisconsin
10 - 3
BIG TEN
#9
USC
9 - 3
PAC 12
#10
Colorado
10 - 3
PAC 12



2016-2017 Bowl Game Schedule

Bowl projections based on conference tie-ins in BLUE
Teams that have accepted Bowl Game bids in GREEN
College Football Playoff bowl games included in RED

ALABAMA vs OHIO STATE
College Football Playoff Semifinal Winners
January 9th, 2017
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
OKLAHOMA vs AUBURN
BIG 12 vs SEC
January 2nd, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
PENN STATE vs USC
BIG TEN vs PAC 12
January 2nd, 2017
Rose Bowl Stadium - Pasadena, CA
W MICHIGAN vs WISCONSIN
AT LARGE vs AT LARGE
January 2nd, 2017
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
IOWA vs FLORIDA
BIG TEN vs SEC
January 2nd, 2017
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
CLEMSON vs OHIO STATE
Playoff Semifinal
December 31st, 2016
University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ
ALABAMA vs WASHINGTON
Playoff Semifinal
December 31st, 2016
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA
LOUISVILLE vs LSU
ACC vs SEC
December 31st, 2016
Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FL
GEORGIA TECH vs KENTUCKY
ACC vs SEC
December 31st, 2016
EverBank Field - Jacksonville, FL
FLORIDA STATE vs MICHIGAN
ACC vs BIG TEN
December 30th, 2016
Hard Rock Stadium - Miami, FL
SOUTH ALABAMA vs AIR FORCE
MWC vs SUN BELT
December 30th, 2016
Arizona Stadium - Tucson, AZ
NEBRASKA vs TENNESSEE
BIG TEN vs SEC
December 30th, 2016
Nissan Stadium - Nashville, TN
NORTH CAROLINA vs STANFORD
ACC vs PAC-12
December 30th, 2016
Sun Bowl - El Paso, TX
TCU vs GEORGIA
BIG 12 vs SEC
December 30th, 2016
Liberty Bowl - Memphis, TN
OKLAHOMA STATE vs COLORADO
BIG 12 vs PAC-12
December 29th, 2016
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
VIRGINIA TECH vs ARKANSAS
ACC vs SEC
December 29th, 2016
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC
USF vs SOUTH CAROLINA
AAC vs SEC
December 29th, 2016
Legion Field  -  Birmingham, AL
KANSAS STATE vs TEXAS A&M
BIG 12 vs SEC
December 28th, 2016
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX
INDIANA vs UTAH
BIG TEN vs PAC-12
December 28th, 2016
Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA
MIAMI vs WEST VIRGINIA
ACC vs BIG 12
December 28th, 2016
Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FL
PITTSBURGH vs NORTHWESTERN
ACC vs BIG TEN
December 28th, 2016
Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY
BAYLOR vs BOISE STATE*
BIG 12 vs PAC-12
December 27th, 2016
Chase Field - Phoenix, AZ
MINNESOTA vs WASHINGTON STATE
BIG TEN vs PAC-12
December 27th, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA
WAKE FOREST vs TEMPLE
ACC vs AAC
December 27th, 2016
Navy-USMC Memorial Stadium - Annapolis, MD
NORTH TEXAS vs ARMY
BIG TEN vs C-USA
December 27th, 2016
Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX
VANDERBILT vs NC STATE
SEC vs ACC
December 26th, 2016
Independence Stadium - Shreveport, LA
BOSTON COLLEGE vs MARYLAND
ACC vs BIG TEN
December 26th, 2016
Ford Field - Detroit, MI
MISSISSIPPI STATE vs MIAMI OH
AAC vs ACC
December 26th, 2016
Tropicana Field - St Petersburg, FL
MIDDLE TENNESSEE vs HAWAII
C-USA vs MWC
December 24th, 2016
Aloha Stadium - Honolulu, HI
OHIO vs TROY
MAC vs SUN BELT
December 23rd, 2016
Ladd-Peebles Stadium  -  Mobile, AL
LOUISIANA TECH vs NAVY
BIG 12 vs NAVY
December 23rd, 2016
Amon G. Carter Stadium - Fort Worth, TX
OLD DOMINION vs EASTERN MICHIGAN
C-USA vs MAC
December 23th, 2016
Thomas Robinson Stadium - Nassau, Bahamas
IDAHO vs COLORADO STATE
MAC vs MWC
December 22nd, 2016
Albertson's Stadium - Boise, ID
WYOMING vs BYU
MWC vs BYU
December 21st, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego, CA
MEMPHIS vs WESTERN KENTUCKY
AAC vs C-USA
December 20th, 2016
FAU Stadium - Boca Raton, FL
TULSA vs CENTRAL MICHIGAN
AAC vs MAC
December 19th, 2016
Marlins Park - Miami, FL
SOUTHERN MISS vs UL LAFAYETTE
MWC vs SUN BELT
December 17th, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
UCF vs ARKANSAS STATE
AAC vs SUN BELT
December 17st, 2016
Citrus Bowl Stadium - Orlando, FL
TOLEDO vs APPALACHIAN STATE
MAC vs SUN BELT
December 17th, 2016
Crampton Bowl - Montgomery, AL
SAN DIEGO ST vs HOUSTON
MWC vs PAC-12
December 17th, 2016
Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
UTSA vs NEW MEXICO
C-USA vs MWC
December 17th, 2016
University Stadium - Albuquerque, NM
NC CENTRAL vs GRAMBLING ST
MEAC vs SWAC
December 17th, 2016
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA




Bowl Projections 2017

Our bowl game projections come from a number of different sources including the major sports outlets covering college football, prominent media members familiar with the bowl selection process, "insider" tips from reliable sources, and other credible resources that have proven themselves capable of pinpointing the bowl match-ups in the days and weeks before the official announcement is made each Bowl Selection Sunday. It is the collection of this information that helps GoTickets provide an accurate account of the bowl projections 2017, and hopefully helps you get a leg up on securing the bowl game tickets that you've had your eye on since conference championship week.

The bowl projections for 2017 and any year change from week to week if not game to game, especially as the regular season winds down. There will be the occasional team that secures a bowl bid a few weeks prior to the end of their regular season, but for the most part, everything falls into place between Thanksgiving and the first or second weekend in December. Conference championship week normally locks a few teams into place based on tie-in's with particular bowl games, but if confusion still remains after that last Saturday night of games, the world will know who is going where when the official announcement of the CFP rankings is made the following Sunday night.

Accepted Bowl Bids

Leading up to Bowl Selection Sunday and the official bowl announcements, the team names on our Bowl Madness page will change from BLUE to GREEN as accepted bowl bids are confirmed. Sometimes these bids are accepted one team at a time and announced by the schools themselves, sometimes they are released as a pair by the bowl game itself, and in rare instances, the conferences will announce where all of their teams are going in one grand press conference or release. Once those bids have been accepted, you can go check out the wide selection of bowl game tickets for each and every game on GoTickets.

One thing to remember about bowl games is, just like the Super Bowl, each one has become more than just a three hour football game -- they are now a multi-day spectacles that include parades, parties, hospitality events, player appearances, concerts, and much more. Some cities and games have more than others, and entry to some is included with your game ticket while others require a separate bowl hospitality ticket to be purchased, but all are well worth spending a few extra hours or days in the host city. From South Beach in Miami to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, these bowl game cities have become great holiday destinations. And who knows, your bowl game might feature a surprise musical guest this year -- maybe a Garth Brooks concert?


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