Bowl Projections: Will USC jump into a New Year's Six bowl game?

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Will the Big Ten and the Pac-12 each get three teams into New Year’s Six bowl games?

Welcome to Dr. Saturday’s first installment of our 2016 bowl projections. Expect things to change over the next two weeks, but we’re thinking each conference is strong enough to net three teams in Big Bowl games. We like the Big Ten’s chances a bit more given the likelihood of a Penn State conference title. But the committee clearly likes USC. If the Trojans keep impressing over the next two weeks, they could head back to Dallas.

New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17
Middle Tennessee State vs. Colorado State

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Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 17
Arizona State vs. Boise State

Camellia Bowl, Dec. 17
Miami, Ohio vs. Arkansas State

Cure Bowl, Dec. 17
South Alabama vs. SMU

New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 17
Louisiana Tech vs. Troy

Miami Beach Bowl, Dec. 19
South Florida vs. Central Michigan

Boca Raton Bowl, Dec. 20
Central Florida vs. Western Kentucky

Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 21
BYU vs. San Diego State

Potato Bowl, Dec. 22
Ohio vs. Wyoming

Bahamas Bowl, Dec. 23
Houston vs. Toledo

Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 23
Kansas State vs. Memphis

Dollar General Bowl, Dec. 23
Eastern Michigan vs. App State

Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24
Old Dominion vs. Air Force

St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 26
Temple vs. Georgia Tech

QuickLane Bowl, Dec. 26
Akron vs. Georgia Southern

Independence Bowl, Dec. 26
NC State vs. Ole Miss

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dec. 27
Northwestern vs. UTSA

Military Bowl, Dec. 27
Wake Forest vs. Navy

Holiday Bowl, Dec. 27
Iowa vs. Utah

Cactus Bowl, Dec. 27
Texas vs. Southern Miss

Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28
Maryland vs. Miami

Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28
Oklahoma vs. Florida State

Foster Farms Bowl, Dec. 28
Indiana vs. Cal

Texas Bowl, Dec. 28
TCU vs. South Carolina

Birmingham Bowl, Dec. 29
Kentucky vs. Tulsa

Belk Bowl, Dec. 29
Virginia Tech vs. Auburn

Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29
Oklahoma State vs. Washington State

Arizona Bowl, Dec. 30
New Mexico vs. Idaho

Liberty Bowl, Dec. 30
Baylor vs. Florida

Sun Bowl, Dec. 30
North Carolina vs. Stanford

Music City Bowl, Dec. 30
Pitt vs. Arkansas

Orange Bowl, Dec. 30
Michigan vs. Louisville

Peach Bowl, Dec. 31 (Playoff semifinal)
Alabama vs. Washington

Fiesta Bowl, Dec. 31 (Playoff semifinal)
Ohio State vs. Clemson

TaxSlayer Bowl, Dec. 31
Minnesota vs. Georgia

Citrus Bowl, Dec. 31
Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin

Outback Bowl, Jan. 2
Nebraska vs. Tennessee

Cotton Bowl, Jan. 2
Western Michigan vs. USC

Rose Bowl, Jan. 2
Penn State vs. Colorado

Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2
West Virginia vs. LSU

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