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August 29, 2016

Dog days of summer got you down? The end is in sight! Believe it or not, college football is just two weeks away. Football fans will be treated to a special game to kick off this college football season, when Hawaii and Cal take a trip Down Under to open the season on August 26 in Sydney, Australia. The following weekend the action really gets underway with a few marquee matchups including #9 Notre Dame at Texas, #1 Alabama vs. #17 USC and #3 Oklahoma vs. #13 Houston to name a few.

Coupled with Big 12 and Pac-12 Media Days last month, preparation and predictions for the 2016-2017 college football season are in full swing. The Amway Preseason Coaches Poll features four Big 12 teams, including 2016 Big 12 conference champion favorite #3 Oklahoma, last year’s Valero Alamo Bowl champion #14 TCU, #19 Oklahoma State, along with #21 Baylor. Representing the Pac-12 in the Top 25 is #7 Stanford, which media members selected as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 title. Joining Stanford in the Top 25 is #17 USC and #18 Washington, while last year’s Valero Alamo Bowl participant Oregon comes in at #22, followed by #24 UCLA.

Meanwhile, it’s never too early to keep an eye on which team will be playing in the Alamodome on Thursday, December 29. A number of media outlets have released this year’s bowl projections including picks for the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl. SB Nation slotted Texas to take on USC in this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl, while the National Football Post picked the Trojans to play Oklahoma State. Last year’s Valero Alamo Bowl champion TCU is Athlon Sports’ favorite to return to the Alamo City to face Stanford, while CBS Sports bowl expert Jerry Palm tabbed Baylor and UCLA to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl. ESPN college football duo Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy both selected Oklahoma State, while Schlabach picked USC and McMurphy UCLA to emerge from the Pac-12 side.

With the addition of the Notre Dame Shamrock Series, featuring the #9 Fighting Irish against Army, and this year’s Top 25 Valero Alamo Bowl showdown, it’s sure to be another unforgettable year in the Alamodome.


SB Nation, National Football Post, Athlon Sports, CBS Sports, and ESPN 2016-2017 bowl projections:

2016 Valero Alamo Bowl (Thursday, December 29, 2016)

SB Nation: Texas vs. USC

National Football Post: Oklahoma State vs. USC

Athlon Sports: TCU vs. Stanford

CBS Sports: Baylor vs. UCLA

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. USC

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy: Oklahoma State vs. UCLA

The College Football Playoff Semifinals:

Fiesta Bowl

SB Nation: Clemson vs. Michigan

National Football Post: FSU vs. Ohio State

Athlon Sports: FSU vs. Ohio State

CBS Sports: Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

McMurphy: FSU vs. Ohio State

Peach Bowl

SB Nation: LSU vs. TCU

National Football Post: Alabama vs. TCU

Athlon Sports: Alabama vs. Clemson

CBS Sports: Clemson vs. Alabama

Schlabach: Clemson vs. Michigan

McMurphy: LSU vs. TCU

New Year’s Six Bowl Games:

Cotton Bowl

SB Nation: Tennessee vs. Houston

National Football Post: Tennessee vs. Houston

Athlon Sports: LSU vs. Houston

CBS Sports: Iowa vs. Houston

Schlabach: UCLA vs. Houston

McMurphy: Notre Dame vs. Houston

Orange Bowl

SB Nation: FSU vs. Notre Dame

National Football Post: Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Athlon Sports: Louisville vs. Notre Dame

CBS Sports: FSU vs. Georgia

Schlabach: FSU vs. Tennessee

McMurphy:Clemson vs. Tennessee

Rose Bowl

SB Nation: Ohio State vs. Washington

National Football Post: Michigan vs. Stanford

Athlon Sports: Washington vs. Michigan

CBS Sports: Ohio State vs. Stanford

Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Stanford

McMurphy: Michigan State vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl

SB Nation: Oklahoma vs. Alabama

National Football Post: Oklahoma vs. LSU

Athlon Sports: Oklahoma vs. Tennessee

CBS Sports: Oklahoma State vs. LSU

Schlabach: TCU vs. LSU

McMurphy: Oklahoma vs. Alabama


Full list of 2016-2017 bowl projections:

SB Nation

National Football Post

Athlon Sports

CBS Sports


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