Bowl Projections: The last week of the regular season will break some bowl hopes

Welcome to the final week of the 2017 college football regular season. Where has the time gone?

The weekend’s most pivotal game is the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama. The winner wins the SEC West and will be facing a win-and-in game in the SEC Championship Game for the College Football Playoff.

If Auburn pulls off the upset, chaos could happen. A one-loss Alabama team could be like Ohio State a year ago and get into the playoff at 11-1. We’ll spend much more time worrying about that scenario if it happens on Saturday.

There are a handful of games between 5-6 teams that will decide who gets to go to a bowl and who doesn’t. In the Big Ten, the winner of Indiana and Purdue is bowling. Same for Colorado and Utah and Cal vs. UCLA in the Pac-12. And the victor of the Conference-USA matchup between Middle Tennessee State and Old Dominion gets to go to a bowl.

All of those games are good for the bowl picture. The odds are pretty good that all bowl slots will be filled by teams 6-6 or better.

New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 16
Southern Miss vs. Troy

Cure Bowl, Dec. 16
Louisiana vs. Western Kentucky

Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 16
Boise State vs. Oregon

New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 16
UTSA vs. Fresno State

Camellia Bowl, Dec. 16
Akron vs. Appalachian State

Boca Raton Bowl, Dec. 19
South Florida vs. Florida Atlantic

Frisco Bowl, Dec. 20
SMU vs. Louisiana Tech

St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 21
Houston vs. Marshall

Bahamas Bowl, Dec. 22
North Texas vs. Northern Illinois

Potato Bowl, Dec. 22
Ohio vs. Wyoming

Birmingham Bowl, Dec. 23
Florida International vs. Temple

Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 23
Army vs. UAB

Dollar General Bowl, Dec. 23
Toledo vs. Arkansas State

Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24
Memphis vs. San Diego State

Quick Lane Bowl, Dec. 26
UNLV vs. Central Michigan

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dec. 26
Kansas State vs. Cal

Cactus Bowl, Dec. 26
Colorado State vs. Arizona State

Independence Bowl, Dec. 27
Florida State vs. Middle Tennessee State

Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 27
Boston College vs. Purdue

Foster Farms Bowl, Dec. 27
Northwestern vs. Stanford

Texas Bowl, Dec. 27
West Virginia vs. Utah

Holiday Bowl, Dec. 28
Michigan vs. Washington

Military Bowl, Dec. 28
Navy vs. Virginia

Camping World Bowl, Dec. 28
Virginia Tech vs. Texas

Alamo Bowl, Dec. 28
USC vs. Oklahoma State

Belk Bowl, Dec. 29
Wake Forest vs. Kentucky

Sun Bowl, Dec. 29
NC State vs. Arizona

Music City Bowl, Dec. 29
Iowa vs. Texas A&M

Cotton Bowl, Dec. 29
TCU vs. Auburn

Arizona Bowl, Dec. 30
Utah State vs. Georgia State

TaxSlayer Bowl, Dec. 30
Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Liberty Bowl, Dec. 30
Iowa State vs. Missouri

Fiesta Bowl, Dec. 30
Notre Dame vs. Washington State

Orange Bowl, Dec. 30
Miami vs. Georgia

Outback Bowl, Jan. 1
Michigan State vs. LSU

Peach Bowl, Jan. 1
Central Florida vs. Ohio State

Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1
Penn State vs. South Carolina

Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 [College Football Playoff Semifinal]
Clemson vs. Oklahoma

Sugar Bowl, Jan. 1 [College Football Playoff Semifinal]
Alabama vs. Wisconsin

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