Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ohio St., Penn St., four other Big Ten teams are bowl eligible.

Five Big Ten teams are bowl eligible following week five. The quintet of teams with six or more wins  so far in the 2017 season includes Ohio St., Penn St., Michigan St.  Michigan, and Wisconsin. Northwestern has five wins, and could join the above schools as early as next week.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)


Big Ten East


Ohio State (7-1, conference 5-0)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Iowa

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State

Nov. 18 vs. Illinois

Nov. 25 @ Michigan

Iowa. Michigan State, and Michigan will not be pushover games for Ohio St.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Clemson (Jan 1, 2018. Pasadena, CA. College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no.3)

Kirk: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Georgia

It would appear the dream of seeing a Rose Bowl sans both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 has faded for the season.

Penn State (7-1, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 11 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 18 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 25 @ Maryalnd

Michigan St. is the biggest stumbling block for Penn State's chances of getting back into contention for the College Football Playoff on its schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. (CFP semifinal no. 1 vs no. 4)

Kirk: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma (Dec. 29, Arlington, TX.)

Kirk's projection is the saner of the two bowl projections.

Michigan State (6-2, conference 4-1)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Penn St.

Nov. 11 @ Ohio St.

Nov. 18 vs. Maryland

Nov. 25 @ Rutgers

The safe bet is that Michigan St. goes 2-2 in the last four games of the season. But, as many teams have learned, betting against Sparty is never a good idea.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Auburn (Jan 1, 2018, Orlando, Fl.

Kirk: 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. LSU

The Citrus Bowl sounds like the best place for Michigan St. this season.

Michigan (6-2, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 11 @ Maryland

Nov. 18 @ Wisconsin

Nov. 25 vs. Ohio St.

Minnesota, Maryland, and Wisconsin are the easiest games on the remainder  of the Nittany Lions' schedule.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. LSU (Jan. 1, 2018, Tampa, FL.)

Kirk: 2018 Outback Bowl vs. Auburn

More agreement here, at least for the bowl Michigan may be headed for.

Big Ten West


Wisconsin (8-0, conference 5-0)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Indiana

Nov. 11 vs. Iowa

Nov. 18 vs. Michigan

Nov. 25 @ Minnesota

Wisconsin is getting  overlooked for the CFP. Most logical reason is that the CFB media sees the Badgers being 2017's version of 2015 Iowa.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Fiesta Bowl vs. USC (Dec. 30, Glendale, AZ.)

Kirk: 2018 Peach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Jan. 1, 2018, Atlanta, GA.)

The Fiesta Bowl is most definitely the more perforable projection here.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


Big Ten East


None

Big Ten West


Northwestern (5-3, conference 3-2)

Next four weeks

Nov. 4 @ Nebraska

Nov. 11 vs, Purdue

Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota

Nov. 25 @ Illinois

While no one should ever feel too overconfident of a team's ability to get to six wins, of All of these games are winnable for Northwestern. Get the win, then it's all about avoiding the Quick Lane Bowl.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm:  2017 Holliday Bowl vs. Arizona (Dec. 28, San Diego, CA.

Kirk: 2017 Forster Farms Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 27 @ Santa Clara, CA.)

Northwestern vs. Stanford...NERD BOWL1

Four games (Magic number: 2)


Big Ten East 


Maryland (4-4, conference 2-3)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Rutgers

Nov. 11 vs. Michigan

Nov. 18 @ Michigan St.

Nov. 25 vs. Penn St.

The only easy game for Maryland is Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Eric Single, SI.com: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

Only one of five prognosticators surveyed had Maryland going to a bowl.

Big Ten West

Nebraska (4-4, conference 3-2)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Northwestern

Nov. 11 @Minnesota

Nov. 18 @ Penn St.

Nov. 24 vs. Iowa

Northwestern and Minnesota are where the best chances for the Cornhuskers to earn the two wins they need to become bowl eligible.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe bowl vs. Syracuse.

Mike Riley is probably toast when the season  ends, if not sooner.

Minnesota (4-4, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Michigan

Nov. 11 vs. Nebraska

Nov. 18 @ Northwestern

Nov. 25 vs. Wisconsin

Underperforming Nebraska and Northwestern teams may be the best places on Minnesota's upcoming schedule to earn two wins.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Boston College

Kirk: None

Disappointing projected end to P.J. Fleck's first season as head coach of the Golden Gophers

Three wins (Magic number: 3)


Big Ten East


Rutgers (3-5, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Maryland

Nov. 11 @ Penn St.

Nov. 18 @ Indiana

Nov. 25 vs. Michigan St.

With Rutgers we enter the  "The impossible takes a little longer" territory.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Indiana (3-5, conference 0-5)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Wisconsin

Nov. 11 @ Illinois

Nov. 18 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 25 @ Purdue

The chances for Indiana to go to a bowl look to be higher than those of Rutgers.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Nashville, TN.)

There is a chance this could be a case of a 5-6 team getting a bowl bid through academics.

Big Ten West


Purdue (3-5, conference 1-4)

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Illinois

Nov. 11 @ Northwestern

Nov. 18 @ Iowa

Nov. 25 vs. Indiana

Purdue will need to beat Illinois and Indiana, and pull an upset of either Northwestern or Iowa for a the Boilermakers to earn a bowl bid.

Projected bowl and opponent

None

Maybe next season, Purdue.






Monday, October 30, 2017

Alabama, Georgia, and five other SEC teams are bowl eligible.


South Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi State joined Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and LSU into the ranks of SEC teams securing bowl eligibility with their respective sixth wins. Texas A&M is 5-3, and the only team in the conference that needs one more game for bowl eligibility.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jim McElwain is an ex-Florida head coach.


ESPN is now confirming reports that Florida has fired head football coach Jim McElwain.

How fired is your SEC team's head coach?

With reports of Florida's Jim McElwain becoming an ex-Flordia head coach, it seemed to be a good time to see which other SEC head coached may be joining him.

Is Jim McElwain era over at Florida?


Jim McElwain. Image via si.com. 


If you had Tennessee's Butch Jones as the first SEC head coach to be fired in your office pool, then you may have just lost. There are reports that Florida is ready to fire or has already fired head coach Jim MeElwin.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Penn St., Ohio St., Michigan St., and Wisconsin are the only bowl eligible teams going into Week 9.


Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin are the only four teams in the Big Ten that are currently bowl eligible. The only team that can join them in Week 9 is Michigan, which should seal the deal with a win against Rutgers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St. are bowl eligible.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have joined TCU in the bowl eligibility. Iowa State and West Virginia could join them in Week 9, though it won't be easy.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Miami joins NC State and Clemson as the ACC's bowl eligible teams.

Miami joined North Carolina State and Clemson in the bowl eligible club in Week 8. Louisville and Virginia could join them in Week 9. Six other teams are still in the bowl eligibility hunt.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Auburn and LSU join Alabama and Georgia among the SEC teams that are bowl eligible.


Week 8 of the college football season saw the  number of bowl eligible teams in the SEC double from two teams to four. Auburn and LSU joined Alabama and Georgia as teams who have won at least six games this season, making them eligible for postseason play.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

USC, Washington, and Washington St. are bowl eligible.

USC joined Washington and Washington State in the ranks of bowl eligible teams. The bad news for the Pac-12 was that Washington and Washington St. suffered their first losses of the 2017 season, putting the conference's chances for a representative into the College Football Playoff in jeopardy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clemson and NC State are bowl eligible.

You had one job, Clemson. Go undefeated, and you were certain to be part off the College Football Playoff semifinal. Now losing to Syracuse makes that one job a bit harder.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ohio St., Penn St., and Wisconsin are bowl eligible.


Last week Penn State was the only Big Ten school that was bowl eligible. Week 7 saw Ohio State and Wisconsin become bowl eligible through winning six games on their schedules.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Alabama and Georgia remain the SEC's only bowl eligible teams.


The SEC survived the chaos than engulfed the rest of college football in Week 7. Alabama and Georgia stayed unbeaten, and remain the only bowl eligible schools in the conference.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph strip their shirts off at Oklahoma State homecoming event.

Mason Rudolph and Mike Gundy. Image via The Comeback.



Ever seen a grown head football coach shirtless. Joey?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

USC could join Washington and Washington St. in the becoming bowl eligible this weekend.

The Pac-12 is the only conference besides the SEC to have two teams that have made it to bowl eligibility in the 2017 season. Washington and Washington State are both currently 6-0 as they head towards the season-ending Apple Bowl rivalry. Eight other Pac-12 schools are in the running to become bowl eligible. USC the only team that could earn a sixth win for bowl eligibility in Week 7.


Six or more wins (bowl eligible)


Pac-12 North


Washington (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Washington is bowl eligible, and there is a good chance the Huskies make it to the College Football Playoff semifinals (even if Jerry Palm didn't think so this week). Getting there will be the hard part. The struggling Arizona State will host Washington on Oct. 14. The Huskies have a bye in Week 9, then host UCLA on Oct. 28. A resurgent Oregon team comes to Seattle on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29, Arlington, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Georgia

Jerry Palm currently projects a CFP featuring Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Penn State. This despite knowing darn well that the two Big Ten schools play each other on Oct. 28, and one team will most certainly knock the other team out of contention for a CFP berth.

Jason Kirk of SB*Nation is more rational, picking Washington to face Clemson in the 2018 Sugar Bowl (and picking Wisconsin to face Alabama in the 2018 Rose Bowl over both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions).

Washington State (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Its nice to see both Washington and Washington St. unbeaten. It's too bad that it can't stay this way, thanks to the two schools facing each other in the Apple Bowl on Nov. 25.

In the present, Wazzou is preparing to face Cal on the road in Berkley on Oct. 13. There is a chance the game could be postponed due to smoke from the fires raging in Northern California.The Huskies return home to host Colorado on Oct. 21, then go back on the road to face Arizona on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28, San Antonio, Tx.)

Projected opponent: 

TCU

Pac-12 South 


None

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


Pac-12 North


None

Pac-12 South 


USC (5-1, 3-1 conference)

USC lost its only game of the 2017 season so far to Washington St. in Week 5.  Its CFP chances would seem to depend on winning out the rest of the season, then winning the PAc-12 title.

To that end, the Trojans host Utah on Oct. 14, followed by the annual rivalry game vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 21 in South Bend. USC stays on the road to face Arizona State on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30, Glendale, Az.)

Projected opponent: 

San Diego State

The Pac-12 being shut out of the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since 2011 is a beautiful thing. The closest the Pac-12 getting to the Rose Bowl Game on the New Years Six bowl level involving facing the Group of Five representative in Glendale is even better.

Four games (Magic number: 2)


Stanford (4-2, 3-1 conference)

Like Washington St. @ CalStanford's game this Saturday against Oregon might be postponed due to the currently raging fires in Northern California's affect on the air quality in the area. Stanford has a bye in Week 8, then travels to Oregon State on Oct. 26. The Cardinal remains on the road facing Washington St. on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Holliday Bowl (Dec. 28, San Diego, Ca.)

Projected opponent: 

Michigan.

Wait, Pac-12 bowl schadenfreude gets better, as the Holliday Bowl is the de facto Pac-12/Big Ten Rose Bowl showdown of the year.

Oregon (4-2, 1-2 conference)

See above about Oregon's road game vs. Stanford on Saturday. Beyond this weekend, Oregon travels to UCLA on Oct. 21, then hosts Utah on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Foster Farms Bowl (Dec. 27, Santa Clara, Ca.)

Projected opponent: 

Minnesota

Row the corn dogs!

Pac-12 South 


Utah (4-1, 1-1 conference)

Utah travels to USC this weekend. The Utes then host Arizona State on Oct. 21. A road game against Oregon finishes up the month on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, El Paso, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Louisville

Well, somebody has to play Louisville.

Three games (Magic number: 3)


Cal (3-3,  0-3 conference) 

Again, see above about the potential for the California fires' affect on the Washington St. Cal this weekend.

Cal is also scheduled to host Arizona Oct. 21. The Golden Bears go on the road to face Colorado on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl: (David M. Hale, ESPN)

Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26, Dallas, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Purdue

Hale was the third bowl prognosticator I went to in search of someone who predicted Cal would go to a bowl.

Pac-12 South

Arizona (3-2, 1-1 conference)

Arizona hosts UCLA this Saturday. It travels to Cal on Oct. 21,  then host Washington St. on Oct. 28.
UCLA and Cal are going to have to be the places Arizona pick up some wins.

Projected bowl: (Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale, ESPN)

2017 Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26, Phoenix, Az.)

Projected opponent:

Kansas State

ESPN was the third site I had to go in finding someone who projected Arizona going to a bowl this postseason.

Colorado (3-3, 0-3 conference) 

Colorado was being considered as earning a spot in the CFP this season. Then reality hit, and the Buffaloes are at the bottom of the Pac-12 South (and this despite having a better overall record than 2-3 Arizona State). Colorado will begin trying to right the ship this weekend as it travels to Oregon State. The road trip continues with the Wildcats being hosted by Washington St. on Oct. 21. It's back home to host Cal on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Cactus Bowl

Projected opponent: 

Texas

Colorado and Texas both have to be downcast about how their seasons turn out if this happens.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Penn State is bowl eligible. When does the rest of the Big Ten join it?


Week six passed with only one Big Ten team, Penn State, qualifying for a college football bowl in 2017. Nine other schools with three or more wins still have a reasonable chance at making a bowl this season.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TCU one game away from bowl eligibility.

The Big 12 chances of having a representative in the 2017 College Football Playoff took a huge hit when Iowa State upset Oklahoma in Week Six. Not only has Jerry Palm downgraded Oklahoma in the CFP, but had downgraded the Sooners out the New Year Six bowls altogether.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Watch the new trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," because why not.

Film Trailers

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi poster. Image via @starwars. All rights reserved.



From the "Everybody Else Is Going It So Why Can't We?" department comes the new trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch: Clemson is officially bowl eligible.

Clemson became the first and only ACC to qualify for bowl eligibility. It might stay that way this weekend, as most of its fellow ACC members face tough games in week 7.

Six wins (Bowl eligible)


ACC Atlantic 


Clemson (6-0, 4-0 conference)

Projected bowl: 

2018 Rose Bowl Game (College Football Playoff semifinal) (Jan. 1, 2018)

Projected opponent: Ohio State

Jerry Palm projects both Ohio State and Penn State making it to the CFP semifinals. Don't hold your breath, as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have to face each other on Oct. 28.

ACC Costal: 


None


Five wins ( Magic number: 1)


ACC Atlantic 


North Carolina State (5-1, 3-0 conference)

The toughest part of NC State's 2017 schedule is arguably over the next three games. The Wolfpack travels to Pittsburgh on Oct. 14, have a bye in Week 8, then travel to Notre Dame on Oct. 28. NC State hosts Clemson on Nov. 4.

Rough patch aside, NC State should be bowl eligible by October's end.

Projected bowl

2017 TaxSlayer Bowl (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, Fl.)

Projected opponent: 

Tennessee
There are probably scenarios where NC State could make it to a New Years Six bowl, but they all probably involve the Wolfpack winning at least four of its remaining six games, and having Miami (Fl.) and/or Virginia Tech drop a few big games before the ACC title game.

ACC Costal


Virginia Tech  (5-1, conference 1-1)

Thanks to a Week 7 bye, Va. Tech will have to wait until Oct. 21, for its first chance to become bowl eligible at home against North Carolina. The Hokies face Duke on Oct. 28, then Miami on Nov.4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28, Orlando, Fl.)

Projected opponent:

Oklahoma

Palm projects the Hokies facing the Sooners in the Camping World Bowl.  There is still a possibility of Va. Tech making it to the Orange Bowl if Miami drops more than one game the rest of the season.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)


ACC Atlantic 


Louisville (4-2, conference 1-2)

At first glance, Louisville looks like it could win at least the one game needed to become bowl eligible. The Cardinals face Boston College on Oct. 14, followed by  a struggling  FSU. Wake Forest finishes up the month on Oct. 28.

Projected bowl:

2017 Sun Bowl (Dec 29, El Paso, Tx.)

Projected opponent:

Utah

Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2 conference)

Wake Forest is the first possibility in the ACC this season where a team that is 4-2 after Week 6 fails to make it to bowl eligibility. The Demon Deacons have a Week 7 bye, then travel to Georgia Tech on Oct. 21, and host Louisville on Oct. 28. Notre Dame travels to Raleigh on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl (Jason Kirk, SB*Nation)

2017 Independence Bowl (Dec. 27, Shreveport, La.)

Projected opponent: Northwestern

There are worse bowl scenarios than this one involving Northwestern. There is, however, a certain suspicious feeling that pops up in the back of my mind then a sportswriter projects Northwestern playing any similar "smart" school.

ACC Costal


Miami (Fl.) (4-0, 2-0 conference)

Miami's home game vs. Georgia Tech was pushed back until Oct. 14. The Hurricanes then host Syracuse on Oct. 21, then Travel to North Carolina on Oct. 28. Getting another win in October is doable, which is a good thing as Virginia Tech comes to town on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Orange Bowl (Dec. 30, Miami. Fl.)

Projected opponent

Auburn

I look at the remainder of Auburn's schedule, and feel an Orange Bowl is a stretch. Kirk projects a Miami-Penn State Orange Bowl.

Virginia (4-1, conference 1-0)

Virginia has a number of winnable games on its schedule during the remainder of October. The Cavilers  travel to North Carolina on Oct. 14, host Boston College On Oct. 21, and finish out the month traveling to Pitt on Oct. 28.

Projected Bowl: (Kirk)

2017 Military Bowl (Dec. 28. Annapolis, Md.)

Projected opponent: 

Navy

Palm didn't have Virginia going to a bowl game this postseason.

Duke (4-2, 1-2 conference)

Duke is on a two-game losing streak, and has a tough three-game stretch ahead of it. The Blue Devils host a 1-3 but still dangerous Florida State on Oct. 14, then remain at home on Oct. 21 to host Pitt. Duke ends a rough month on the road facing Virginia Tech on Oct. 28.

Duke needs two wins for bowl eligibility, bit it doesn't feel like it will make it there in October.

Projected bowl:

2017 Independence Bowl

Projected opponent: 

Tulane


Three wins (Magic number: 3)


ACC Atlantic 


Syracuse (3-3, conference 1-1)

Syracuse hosts Clemson on Oct. 14. has a bye, then travels to Miami on Oct. 21. The Orange stay on road as it travels to FSU on Nov. 4.

Bowl eligibility would probably have to involve Syracuse pulling off a big upset somewhere.

Projected bowl:

None

ACC Coastal 


Georgia Tech (3-1,  conference 2-0)

Two of Georgia Tech's three wins have over ACC conference rivals. The Yellow Jackets will have a rough October, as it travels to Miami (Fl) on Oct. 14, host Wake Forest on Oct. 21, and end the month back on the road against Clemson.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Military Bowl

Projected opponent:

Navy













Sunday, October 8, 2017

Alabama and Georgia are bowl eligible.


Alabama and Georgia remained unbeaten following Week 6, both becoming bowl eligible. 5-1 Auburn could join them with a win in Week 7. Kentucky is also 5-1, but has a bye next weekend.

As for the rest of the SEC, it could be two or three weeks before one of the 4-2 or 3-3 teams can obtain the six wins needed to be bowl eligible.

Here is where the SEC teams with three or more stand at the moment. Projections are from CBS Sports' Jerry Palm

Six wins (bowl eligible)


SEC West


Alabama (6-0, 3-0 conference)

Projected bowl :

2018 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La., Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Penn State (5-0)

Palm's projection for 'Bama's Sugar Bowl opponent has changed from Ohio State to Penn State, with the Buckeyes facing Clemson in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game. Personally, I have doubts as to whether two Big Ten teams like Penn St. and Ohio St. can snatch up two College Football Playoff spots when they have to face each other on Oct. 28.

SEC East


Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Projected bowl: 

2017 Cotton Bowl Classic (Arlington, Tx., Dec. 29)

Projected opponent:

Washington (5-0) 

Oklahoma's loss has not only altered whom Palm projects Georgia's bowl opponent would be, it's changed the bowl game that Palm projects the Bulldogs would go to From the 2018 Peach Bowl to the 2017 Cotton Bowl. His projection last week was for Georgia to face Penn St. in the Peach Bowl.

Georgia's last Cotton Bowl appearance was in 1984, when the Bulldogs beat Texas 10-9.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


SEC West


Auburn (5-1, 3-0 conference)

Being 3-0 in the SEC means little at the moment, as Auburn faces three road games in a row. The Tigers first travel to LSU on Oct. 14, then to Arkansas Oct. 21, then go from a Week 9 bye to face Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Nov. 4.

Auburn should be bowl eligible before it hosts Georgia on Nov. 11, but going 3-0 before facing the Bulldogs could be asking too much. The

Projected bowl:

2017 Orange Bowl (Miami, Fl.. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

Miami (Fl.)

Palm upgrades Auburn from the 2018 Outback Bowl to the Orange Bowl, a New Years Six bowl game.

SEC East


Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 conference)

Kentucky has a bye week in Week 7, then travel to Mississippi State on Oct. 21, come home to face Tennessee on Oct. 28, Then host Ole Miss on Nov. 4. All three games are going to be hard to win.

Projected bowl: 

2017 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tn. Dec. 30)

Projected opponent:

Texas Tech

Projection switches from Independence Bowl to Liberty Bowl.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)


Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 conference)


Asking for Texas A&M to win two of its next three games may be harder than it looks. The Aggies travel to Florida on Oct. 14, have a bye in Week 8, then host SEC West division opponents Mississippi State on Oct. 28, then Auburn on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl:

2017 Texas Bowl (Houston Tx., Dec. 27

Projected opponent: 

West Virginia

No change from last week.

LSU (4-2, 1-1 conference)

Will LSU be able to secure bowl eligibility between now and its Week 9 bye week? The Bayou Bengals host the fellow SEC Tiger team Auburn on Oct. 14, then travel to Ole Miss on Oct. 21. The Tigers' lackluster performance means a a 1-1 split is the most reasonable projection.

The next game following the bye week is a road game vs. Alabama on Nov. 4. If LSU is 4-5. after 'Bama, all bets will be off as to whether the Tigers will be able to make it to six wins this season.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fl. Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent: 

Purdue

It's an upgrade from the Liberty Bowl, I guess.

SEC East


South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 conference)

Is South Carolina out of the SEC East division title race at 4-2? Maybe not, as the Gamecocks face Tennessee on Oct.14, comes off a bye wee head home to host Vanderbilt on Oct.28, then travel to Georgia on Nov. 4.

Projected Bowl:

2017 Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC, Dec 30)

Projecteed opponent:

Florida State

Three wins (Magic number: 3)


SEC West 


Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 conference)

Mississippi State hosts BYU on Oct. 14, Then Kentucky on Oct. 21. Mississippi St. ends October on the road against Texas A&M on, Oct. 28.

Projected Bowl:

2018 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Jan 1, 2018)

Projected opponent:

Michigan State

Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 conference)

Week 6 was a bye week for Tennessee, which needed it after being shellacked by Georgia the previous weekend. There are absolutely no probable wins over the next three games for the Vols. They host South Carolina on Oct. 14, then head to Alabama for Third Saturday in October time on Oct. 21. Tennessee remains on the road to face Kentucky on Nov. 4.

Projected bowl: 

2017 TaxSlayer Bowl ( Jacksonville, Fl, Dec. 30)

Projected opponent: 

North Carolina State

Slight upgrade for Tennessee, bowl wise.

Vanderbilt (3-3, conference 0-3)

Vandy visits Ole Miss on Oct,14, , then stays on the road to play South Carolina on Oct. 21. The Gamecocks host Western Kentucky on Oct. 28. Nothing here can be easily be called a probable win.

Projected bowl:

2018 Birmingham Bowl

Projected opponent: 

South Florida









Saturday, October 7, 2017

Iowa State defeats Oklahoma. The winner: Big Ten and Pac-12's Rose Bowl hopes.




The Rose Bowl is traditionally a matchup between representative teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12. With the Rose Bowl being a College Football Playoff semifinal this season, there has been a chance that neither team made it to the game this season. At east until Iowa State beat Oklahoma.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kirby Smart's "Lockdown Georgia" tweet is the Most Awkward Sports Tweet of the Day.

Kirby Smart. Image via Dawg Sports. 



Congratulations to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart for what has to be the most awkward sports tweet of the day.

QB Justin Fields, no. 1 overall prospect for 2018, commits to Georgia.

2018 Recruiting

Justin Fields. Image via The Marietta Daily Journal.


High school senior quarterback Justin Fields, ranked the no, 1 prospect in 247Sports.com's 2018 composite national rankings, has announced his commitment to Georgia during a prep rally held at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. on Friday.


Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick arrested for second time on marijuana-related charges.

Natrez Patrick in 2016. Image via Online Athens.

You knew that the good news coming out of the Georgia football program wouldn't last forever. Bulldog linebacker Natrez Patrick faces two misdemeanor charges, including one for marijuana possession, after being arrested late Thursday evening,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oklahoma, TCU, and four other Big 12 teams seem headed for bowl eligibility.

Baker Mayfield. Image via USA Today.


Six Big 12 teams (Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, West Virginia, and Texas Tech) have three or more wins so far this season, and most seem well on the way to bowl eligibility. There's still a chance for 2-2 Texas and Iowa State to join them, but to be honest, the Longhorns have the better chance of the two teams.

Washington, Washington St., and seven more Pac-12 schools at least halfway to bowl eligibility


The 2018 Rose Bowl game is a College Football Playoff semifinal this season. At the moment it means the traditional Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup is probably not going to happen.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Big Ten Bowl Eligibility Watch: Penn St. could be bowl eligible this weekend.


There are currently nine Big Ten teams with at least three wins going into Week 6 of the college football season. Penn State could become the first bowl eligible team in the B1G this season with a win over Northwestern this weekend.

Monday, October 2, 2017

ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch, Week 5: Clemson one win away from bowl eligibility.

The ACC Bowl Eligibility Watch is set up to indicate how ACC teams are to six wins, the magic number (in theory) to become eligible for an appearance in the upcoming postseason. Tough with 39 bowls needing 78 spots to fill, the chances a 5-8 team gets a bowl invite is a distinct possibility if there aren't enough teams with six-plus wins.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Alabama and Georgia are on the brink of becoming bowl eligible.


Alabama and Georgia are still in the driver's seat when it comes to making it to the SEC Championship Game. In Georgia's case, this naturally means it will lose three of its next four games, and wind up watching Bama play Florida for the SEC title.