Bowl Season, 2017

I’m again presenting a hypothetical bowl schedule as if it were just cut down to the essential (and classic) bowls.

And once again, I want to reiterate that I’m not trying to say that I wish this is the way things still were — I just think it’s fun to see how the old way of doing things (conference tie-ins, etc.) might shake out if that was still the M.O. today.

BOWLS:

RoseBowl

Rose Bowl Game (Est. 1902)

#5 Ohio State (11-2) vs. #8 USC (11-2)
New Years Day
Pasadena, CA


SugarBowl

Sugar Bowl (Est. 1934)

#3 Georgia (12-1) vs. #6 Wisconsin (12-1)
New Years Day
New Orleans, LA


OrangeBowl

Orange Bowl (Est. 1935)

#1 Clemson (12-1) vs. #2 Oklahoma (12-1)
New Years Day
Miami, FL


CottonBowl

Cotton Bowl Classic (Est. 1937)

#7 Auburn (10-3) vs. #13 TCU (10-3)
New Years Day
Dallas, TX


GatorBowl

Gator Bowl (Est. 1946)

#4 Alabama (11-1) vs. #9 Penn State (10-2)
New Years Day
Gainesville, FL



Tangerine Bowl (Est. 1947)

#10 UCF (12-0) vs. #11 Miami (10-2)
New Years Day
Orlando, FL


SunBowl

Sun Bowl (Est. 1935)

 #12 Washington (10-2) vs. #14 Notre Dame (9-3)
New Years Eve
El Paso, TX


PeachBowl

Peach Bowl (Est. 1968)

#16 LSU (9-3) vs. #22 Virginia Tech (9-3)
New Years Eve
Atlanta, GA


CopperBowl

Copper Bowl (Est. 1989)

#15 Stanford (9-4) vs. #17 Oklahoma State (9-3)
New Years Eve
Tucson, AZ


FiestaBowl

Fiesta Bowl (Est. 1971)

#19 Memphis (10-2) vs. #25 Boise State (10-3)
Last week of December
Tempe, AZ


LibertyBowl

Liberty Bowl (Est. 1959)

 Louisville (8-4) vs. Army (8-3)
Memphis, TN


BlueBonnetBowl

Bluebonnet Bowl (Est. 1959)

Michigan (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)
Houston, TX


IndependenceBowl

Independence Bowl (Est. 1976)

 NC State (8-4) vs. Toledo (10-2)
Shreveport, LA


HOFBowl

Hall of Fame Bowl (Est. 1977)

#23 South Florida (9-2) vs. #24 Mississippi State (8-4)
Tampa, FL


HolidayBowl

Holiday Bowl (Est. 1978)

#20 Northwestern (9-3) vs. San Diego State (10-2)
San Diego, CA


AlohaBowl

Aloha Bowl (Est. 1982)

#18 Michigan State (9-3) vs. #21 Washington State (9-3)
Christmas Day
Honolulu, HI

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