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Nsou Assignment 2015-16 College Football Bowl Predictions

From the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11, here's a look at the 2015-16 college football bowl lineup and playoff schedule. Add the games to your calendar: All bowl games or College Football Playoff

All times Eastern.

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College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 1 Clemson 37, No. 4 Oklahoma 17
Clemson dominates Oklahoma, advances to CFP title game

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 2 Alabama 38, No. 3 Michigan State 0
Alabama blanks Michigan State to avenge last season's semifinal loss

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Alabama 45, Clemson 40
Alabama returns to the top of the college football world with win

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Dec. 19

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T 41, Alcorn State 34
Tarik Cohen's explosive, 295-yard rushing performance leads Aggies.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Arizona 45, New Mexico 37
Arizona secures winning season behind Solomon's three scores.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Utah 35, BYU 28
Utah took advantage of a disastrous start by BYU.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29
Appalachian State's Zach Matics drilled a 23-yard kick as time expired.

AutoNation Cure Bowl
San Jose State 27, Georgia State 16
San Jose State was the first of three 5-7 teams to play this postseason.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech 47, Arkansas State 28
The senior duo of Jeff Driskel and Kenneth Dixon led Louisiana Tech.

Dec. 21

Miami Beach Bowl
Western Kentucky 45, South Florida 35
Western Kentucky outlasted USF, with the teams combining for 56 second-half points.

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Akron 23, Utah State 21
Akron finally has its first bowl win.

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo 32, Temple 17
Jason Candle's head-coaching debut was a success as Toledo upset No. 24 Temple.

Dec. 23

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Boise State 55, Northern Illinois 7
Boise State jumped to a 7-0 lead in the game's first minute and never looked back.

GoDaddy Bowl
Georgia Southern 58, Bowling Green 27
Georgia Southern made a statement by running away from Bowling Green for the school's first bowl win.

Dec. 24

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Western Michigan 45, Middle Tennessee 31
Western Michigan earns first bowl win ever by thumping Middle Tennessee.

Hawai'i Bowl
San Diego State 42, Cincinnati 7
San Diego State overpowers Cincinnati in Hawai'i Bowl win

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl
Marshall 16, Connecticut 10
Marshall continues bowl roll, winning slugfest in St. Petersburg Bowl over UConn

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Washington State 20, Miami 14
A slew of Miami mistakes helped Washington State seal the win.

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Washington 44, Southern Miss 31
Washington didn't dominate but it managed to hang on.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Duke 44, Indiana 41 (OT)
The game lived up to its billing as one of the wildest of bowl season.

Camping World Independence Bowl
Virginia Tech 55, Tulsa 52
Virginia Tech sent Frank Beamer out in style.

Foster Farms Bowl
Nebraska 37, UCLA 29
Nebraska improved to 6-7 thanks to an impressive ground game.

Dec. 28

Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman
Navy 44, Pittsburgh 28
Navy's Keenan Reynolds shines one last time in bowl win vs. Pitt.

Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14
Mitch Leidner leads Minnesota past Central Michigan to break Golden Gophers' bowl drought.

Dec. 29

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
California 55, Air Force 36
Jared Goff leads Cal over Air Force, lands Bears' first bowl win since 2008.

Russell Athletic Bowl
Baylor 49, North Carolina 38
Undermanned Baylor runs for bowl record against North Carolina.

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Nevada 28, Colorado State 23
Nevada comes back, outlasts Colorado State in dramatic Arizona Bowl.

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
LSU 56, Texas Tech 27
Leonard Fournette, LSU, run over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.

Dec. 30

Birmingham Bowl
Auburn 31, Memphis 10
Defense leads the way for Auburn over Memphis

Belk Bowl
Mississippi State 51, NC State 28
Dak Prescott finished his career strong and Mississippi State took care of business

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21
Louisville got a career night from true freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Wisconsin 23, USC 21
Wisconsin got the lead back in the final minutes, then held off USC

Dec. 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Houston 38, Florida State 24
Explosive Houston offense pushes Cougars to huge Peach Bowl win

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 1 Clemson 37, No. 4 Oklahoma 17
Clemson dominates Oklahoma, advances to CFP title game

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 2 Alabama 38, No. 3 Michigan State 0
Alabama blanks Michigan State to avenge last season's semifinal loss

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl
Tennessee 45, Northwestern 6
Tennessee clobbers Northwestern for impressive Outback victory

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Michigan 41, Florida 7
Michigan routs Florida to get 10 wins in Harbaugh's first year

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl
Ohio State 44, Notre Dame 28
Ezekiel Elliott carries Ohio State past Notre Dame

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Stanford 45, Iowa 16
McCaffrey, Stanford run wild in rout of Iowa

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Ole Miss 48, Oklahoma State 20
Ole Miss rebounds from last year's bowl blowout, routs Oklahoma State in Sugar Bowl

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Bowl
Georgia 24, Penn State 17
Georgia welcomes the Kirby Smart era with a bowl win

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Arkansas 45, Kansas State 23
Collins, Arkansas run over Kansas State

Valero Alamo Bowl
TCU 47, Oregon 41 (3 OT)
TCU rallies from 31 points down to stun Oregon in triple overtime

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
West Virginia 43, Arizona State 42
West Virginia wins a battle of big plays

Jan. 11

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Alabama 45, Clemson 40
Alabama returns to the top of the college football world

The 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college footballbowl games. They completed the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games began on December 19, 2015 and, aside from the all-star games, ended with the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship which was played on January 11, 2016.

A new record total of 41 team-competitive bowl games were played, including the national championship game and the inaugural Cure Bowl and Arizona Bowl. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the tenth consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 80 available team-competitive bowl slots, a new record 15 teams (19% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—12 had a .500 (6-6) season and, for a new record, three sub-.500 teams, all three with a further new record low 5-7 seasons (the previous worst had been 6-7). This situation led directly to the NCAA Division I Council imposing a three-year moratorium on new bowl games in April 2016.[1]


The schedule for the 2015–16 bowl games is below. All times are EST (UTC−5). The rankings used were the CFP rankings.[2]

College Football Playoff and Championship Game[edit]

The 2015–16 postseason was the second to feature a College Football Playoff (CFP) to determine a national champion of Division I FBS college football. Four teams were selected by a 12-member committee to participate in a single-elimination tournament, whose semifinals were held at the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl as part of a yearly rotation of six bowls. Their winners advanced to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016.[3][4]

Both semifinal bowls were held on December 31, 2015.[3] Under the TV contracts with ESPN that predate the CFP, both the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl (the first two bowls in the three cycling pairs that host semi-final games) are guaranteed exclusive TV time slots on January 1, regardless of whether they will be hosting a semifinal game.[5] Analysts expressed concerns that the semifinal games could face reduced television viewership due to the New Year's Eve scheduling, believing that fans would not be accustomed to the scheduling, and that they would face competition from New Year's Eve events and television specials like New Year's Rockin' Eve, which is aired by ABC—a corporate sibling to CFP broadcaster ESPN.[3] ESPN then proposed moving the semifinal games to January 2, 2016, a Saturday, arguing that the games would enjoy a higher level of prominence if held on a day of the week that is traditionally associated with college football. However, its proposal was rejected.[3]

CFP commissioner Bill Hancock suggested this scheduling issue would instead "change the paradigm of what New Year's Eve is all about," opining that "if you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, you better have a bunch of televisions around."[6] Ratings for the two semifinal games were down from the prior season's equivalents, with the Orange Bowl reaching a 9.7 rating (in comparison to 15.5 for the 2015 Rose Bowl) and the Cotton Bowl reaching a 9.9 rating (in comparison to a 15.3 rating for the 2015 Sugar Bowl). On the online WatchESPN streaming service, the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl drew the second and third-largest streaming audiences in the service's history (excluding 2014 FIFA World Cup games), behind the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship.[7] As a result of the reduced viewership, it was reported that ESPN was negotiating $20 million worth of credits to advertisers to compensate for the lower than expected ratings.[8]

Non-CFP bowl games[edit]

For the 2015–16 season, two new bowl games were added, the Cure Bowl and the Arizona Bowl, bringing the total number of bowl games to 41.[2][10][11][12] Due to not having enough teams with a 6–6 or better record to fill available bowl slots, the increase in number of bowls had the adverse effect of allowing a record three teams with losing records (5–7) to participate in bowls. The teams were selected by being the ones with the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) among all 5–7 teams.[13] The participating teams with a losing record were Nebraska, Minnesota, and San Jose State.[13]

Dec. 19Gildan New Mexico BowlUniversity Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
2:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioArizona Wildcats (6–6)
New Mexico Lobos (7–5)
Mountain West
Arizona 45
New Mexico 37
Royal Purple Las Vegas BowlSam Boyd Stadium
Whitney, NV
3:30 pm
ABCSports USA#22 Utah Utes (9–3)
BYU Cougars (9–3)
Utah 35
BYU 28
Raycom Media Camellia BowlCramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
5:30 pm
ESPNESPN RadioAppalachian State Mountaineers (10–2)
Ohio Bobcats (8–4)
Sun Belt
Appalachian State 31
Ohio 29
AutoNation Cure BowlOrlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Orlando, FL
7:00 pm
CBSSNiHeartRadioSan Jose State Spartans (5–7)
Georgia State Panthers (6–6)
Mountain West
Sun Belt
San Jose State 27
Georgia State 16
R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
9:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioLouisiana Tech Bulldogs (8–4)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9–3)
Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech 47
Arkansas State 28
Dec. 21Miami Beach BowlMarlins Park
Miami, FL
2:30 pm
ESPNTouchdown RadioWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers (11–2)
South Florida Bulls (8–4)
Western Kentucky 45
South Florida 35
Dec. 22Famous Idaho Potato BowlAlbertsons Stadium
Boise, ID
3:30 pm
ESPNESPN RadioAkron Zips (7–5)
Utah State Aggies (6–6)
Mountain West
Akron 23
Utah State 21
Marmot Boca Raton BowlFAU Stadium
Boca Raton, FL
7:00 pm
ESPNToledo Rockets (9–2)
#24 Temple Owls (10–3)
Toledo 32
Temple 17
Dec. 23San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
4:30 pm
ESPNBoise State Broncos (8–4)
Northern Illinois Huskies (8–5)
Mountain West
Boise State 55
Northern Illinois 7
GoDaddy BowlLadd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
8:00 pm
ESPNNevada Sports NetworkGeorgia Southern Eagles (8–4)
Bowling Green Falcons (10–3)
Sun Belt
Georgia Southern 58
Bowling Green 27
Dec. 24Popeyes Bahamas BowlThomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas
ESPNRedVoiceWestern Michigan Broncos (7–5)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7–5)
Western Michigan 45
Middle Tennessee 31
Hawaiʻi BowlAloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioSan Diego State Aztecs (10–3)
Cincinnati Bearcats (7–5)
Mountain West
San Diego State 42
Cincinnati 7
Dec. 26St. Petersburg BowlTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
11:00 am
ESPNMarshall Thundering Herd (9–3)
Connecticut Huskies (6–6)
Marshall 16
Connecticut 10
Hyundai Sun BowlSun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBSSports USAWashington State Cougars (8–4)
Miami Hurricanes (8–4)
Washington State 20
Miami 14
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas BowlCotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
2:20 pm
ESPNRedVoiceWashington Huskies (6–6)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9–4)
Washington 44
Southern Miss 31
New Era Pinstripe BowlYankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
3:30 pm
ABCESPN RadioDuke Blue Devils (7–5)
Indiana Hoosiers (6–6)
Big Ten
Duke 44
Indiana 41 (OT)
Camping World Independence BowlIndependence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
5:45 pm
ESPNSports USAVirginia Tech Hokies (6–6)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6–6)
Virginia Tech 55
Tulsa 52
Foster Farms BowlLevi's Stadium
Santa Clara, CA
9:15 pm
ESPNESPN RadioNebraska Cornhuskers (5–7)
UCLA Bruins (8–4)
Big Ten
Nebraska 37
Dec. 28Military BowlNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, MD
2:30 pm
ESPN#21 Navy Midshipmen (10–2)
Pittsburgh Panthers (8–4)
Navy 44
Pittsburgh 28
Quick Lane BowlFord Field
Detroit, MI
5:00 pm
ESPN2Quick Lane Radio NetworkMinnesota Golden Gophers (5–7)
Central Michigan Chippewas (7–5)
Big Ten
Minnesota 21
Central Michigan 14
Dec. 29Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlAmon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
2:00 pm
ESPNRedVoiceCalifornia Golden Bears (7–5)
Air Force Falcons (8–5)
Mountain West
California 55
Air Force 36
Russell Athletic BowlOrlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Orlando, FL
5:30 pm
ESPNESPN Radio#17 Baylor Bears (9–3)
#10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11–2)
Big 12
Baylor 49
North Carolina 38
NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArizona Stadium
Tucson, AZ
7:30 pm
ASNNevada Wolf Pack (6–6)
Colorado State Rams (7–5)
Mountain West
Mountain West
Nevada 28
Colorado State 23
AdvoCare V100 Texas BowlNRG Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00 pm
ESPNESPN Radio#20 LSU Tigers (8–3)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7–5)
Big 12
LSU 56
Texas Tech 27
Dec. 30Birmingham BowlLegion Field
Birmingham, AL
ESPNAuburn Tigers (6–6)
Memphis Tigers (9–3)
Auburn 31
Memphis 10
Belk BowlBank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
3:30 pm
ESPNMississippi State Bulldogs (8–4)
NC State Wolfpack (7–5)
Mississippi State 51
NC State 28
Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlNissan Stadium
Nashville, TN
7:00 pm
ESPNLouisville Cardinals (7–5)
Texas A&M Aggies (8–4)
Louisville 27
Texas A&M 21
National Funding Holiday BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
10:30 pm
ESPNWisconsin Badgers (9–3)
#25 USC Trojans (8–5)
Big Ten
Wisconsin 23
USC 21
Jan. 1Outback BowlRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
ESPN2Sports USA#23 Tennessee Volunteers (8–4)
#13 Northwestern Wildcats (10–2)
Big Ten
Tennessee 45
Northwestern 6
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlOrlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ABCESPN Radio#14 Michigan Wolverines (9–3)
#19 Florida Gators (10–3)
Big Ten
Michigan 41
Florida 7
Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlEverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
ESPNGeorgia Bulldogs (9–3)
Penn State Nittany Lions (7–5)
Big Ten
Georgia 24
Penn State 17
AutoZone Liberty BowlLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:20 pm
ESPNArkansas Razorbacks (7–5)
Kansas State Wildcats (6–6)
Big 12
Arkansas 45
Kansas State 23
Valero Alamo BowlAlamodome
San Antonio, TX
6:45 pm
ESPN#11 TCU Horned Frogs (10–2)
#15 Oregon Ducks (9–3)
Big 12
TCU 47
Oregon 41 (3OT)
Motel 6 Cactus BowlChase Field
Phoenix, AZ
10:15 pm
ESPNWest Virginia Mountaineers (7–5)
Arizona State Sun Devils (6–6)
Big 12
West Virginia 43
Arizona State 42

+ Notre Dame is eligible for any one of the bowl bids reserved for ACC teams, if Notre Dame: (a) is bowl-eligible; and (b) is not selected for one of the CFP Bowls. Notre Dame may not be selected for one of the bowl games having ACC tie-ins unless Notre Dame has no less than one less overall loss than the winningest-remaining ACC team which has not yet been selected for a bowl game.

BYU has an agreement with the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl and the Hawaiʻi Bowl for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The Cougars will appear, in place of a Mountain West team, in the Las Vegas Bowl this season.

All-star games[edit]


The Southeastern Conference was the Bowl Challenge Cup winner for the 2015-16 bowl season, which is awarded to the FBS football conference with the highest winning percentage. In addition, the nine total bowl wins by the SEC were the most ever accomplished by a single conference during a single bowl season. Southeastern Conference member Alabama won the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game to finish the year as consensus national champions for the 2015 football season.

Selection of the teams[edit]

CFP top 25 teams[edit]

On December 6, 2015, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced their final team rankings for the year:[14]

Bowl-eligible teams[edit]

  • ACC (9): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech
  • The American (8): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, Temple, Tulsa
  • Big Ten (8): Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
  • Big 12 (7): Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia
  • Conference USA (5): Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky
  • Independents (2): BYU, Notre Dame
  • MAC (7): Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan
  • Mountain West (7): Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State
  • Pac-12 (10): Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
  • SEC (10): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M
  • Sun Belt (4): Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State

Number of bowl berths available: 80
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 77

Conditionally bowl-ineligible teams[edit]

  • The American (4): East Carolina*, SMU, Tulane, UCF
  • ACC (5): Boston College, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest
  • Big Ten (6): Illinois*, Maryland, Minnesota*, Nebraska*, Purdue, Rutgers
  • Big 12 (3): Iowa State, Kansas, Texas*
  • Conference USA (8): Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU*, North Texas, Old Dominion*, Rice*, UTSA, UTEP*
  • Independent (1): Army
  • MAC (6): Ball State, Buffalo*, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), UMass
  • Mountain West (5): Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State*, UNLV, Wyoming
  • Pac-12 (2): Colorado, Oregon State
  • SEC (4): Kentucky*, Missouri*, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
  • Sun Belt (7): Idaho, Louisiana–Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama*, Texas State, Troy

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 51

Note: Being bowl-ineligible does not, in itself, exclude a team from the chance to play in a bowl game. Tiebreaker procedures based on a school's Academic Progress Rate (APR) allowed for the possibility of 5–7 teams to play in bowl games since not enough teams qualified to fill all 80 spots with at least a 6–6 record.

Note: Teams with Asterisk (*) have a 5–7 record (14 total). Since a maximum of 77 bowl slots were filled, 3 of these teams qualified for a bowl game. These teams were Nebraska, Minnesota, and San Jose State.[15]Missouri would have qualified over Minnesota or San Jose State, but announced they would decline a bowl bid.[16]

Note: There are 128 teams in FBS.

See also[edit]


  1. ^McMurphy, Brett (April 11, 2016). "NCAA approves three-year halt to new bowl games". Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ ab"2015–16 College Football Bowl Schedule – 2016 Playoff"Archived March 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ abcd"A daunting task: Can the CFP, ESPN change old New Year's Eve habits?". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. July 2, 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  4. ^"College Football Playoff 101", ESPN, May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  5. ^"College Football Playoff drops ball with 2015 New Year's Eve semis". January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  6. ^Tony Barnhart (January 6, 2014). "Before BCS ends, the whens, wheres, whys of College Football Playoff". Retrieved January 17, 2015.