AP predicts 2016 CFB Playoff and every bowl match-up

It is never too early for predictions. With only 78 days (and spare time) until North Dakota State plays Montana on ESPN, the unofficial start of college football is essentially right around the corner.

So what does that mean?

No one has touched the field, no one has shown what they can do, so naturally we must go ahead and predict every possible bowl game.

Ralph Russo of the Associated Press is already down to business as he not only predicted the largest spread of bowl games ever with 40 games in three weeks, but also the College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff

  • December 31st – Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Auburn Tigers
  • December 31st – Orange Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Baylor Bears
  • January 11th – National Championship: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Auburn Tigers

Bowl Games

December 19th:

  • Cure Bowl: Houston Cougars vs. Georgia Southern Eagles
  • New Mexico Bowl: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. New Mexico Lobos
  • Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State Aggies vs. Cal Golden Bears
  • Camellia Bowl: Toledo Rockets vs. South Alabama Jaguars
  • New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns vs. Air Force Falcons

December 21st:

  • Miami Beach Bowl: Central Florida Knights vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

December 22nd:

  • Potato Bowl: Bowling Green Falcons vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Boca Raton Bowl: Western Michigan Broncos vs. East Carolina Pirates

December 23rd:

  • Poinsettia Bowl: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Washington Huskies
  • GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

December 24th:

  • Bahamas Bowl: Ball State Cardinals vs. MTSU Blue Raiders
  • Hawai’i Bowl: BYU Cougars vs. Temple Owls

December 26th:

  • St. Petersburg Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Sun Bowl: Louisville Cardinals vs. Utah Utes
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
  • Pinstripe Bowl: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Michigan Wolverines
  • Independence Bowl: Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators
  • Foster Farms Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Stanford Cardinal

December 28th:

  • Military Bowl: Navy Midshipmen vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Quick Lane Bowl: Illinois Illini vs. Duke Blue Devils

December 29th:

  • Arizona Bowl: Wyoming Cowboys vs. Rice Owls
  • Armed Forces Bowl: Colorado State Rams vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Florida State Seminoles
  • Texas Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Texas Longhorns

December 30th:

  • Birmingham Bowl: Memphis Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  • Belk Bowl: NC State Wolfpack cs. Missouri Tigers
  • Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Tennessee Volunteers
  • Holiday Bowl: Arizona Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

December 31st:

  • Peach Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers

January 1st:

  • Outback Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Citrus Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. LSU Tigers
  • Fiesta Bowl: Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon Ducks
  • Rose Bowl: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans
  • Sugar Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs vs. TCU Horned Frogs

January 2nd:

  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Minnesota Gophers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Ole Miss Rebels
  • Alamo Bowl: USC Trojans vs. Oklahoma Sooners
  • Cactus Bowl: UCLA Bruins vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Conference Breakdown:

  • SEC: 12
  • ACC: 11 (including Notre Dame)
  • PAC-12: 9
  • B1G Ten: 9
  • Mountain West: 8
  • Big 12: 7
  • MAC: 5

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