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The 2016 college football bowl season has arrived. This will be the third year of the four-team playoff. Ohio State took down the first in 2014. Then, after losing to Ohio State in the playoff the previous year, Alabama captured the National Championship in 2015.

Alabama is the only team to make the four-team playoff all three years. It will be No. 1 Alabama vs No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl and No. 2 Clemson vs No. 3 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on December 31. The Buckeyes and Tigers will be making their second appearances in the playoff, while the Huskies are a first-timer out of the Pac-12.

I feel like the playoff committee got the four teams right. It’s a shame that Penn State won the best conference in the country and didn’t get in despite having the head-to-head win over Ohio State. But the Nittany Lions lost two games early, including a blowout loss at Michigan, which pretty much sealed their fate no matter how good they were playing down the stretch. It’s simply going to be very tough to make the playoff with two losses.

The four selection committee bowl games feature No. 5 Penn State vs No. 9 USC in the Rose Bowl, No. 6 Michigan vs No. 11 Florida State in the Orange Bowl, No. 7 Oklahoma vs No. 14 Auburn in the Sugar Bowl and No. 8 Wisconsin vs No. 15 Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. Congratulations to PJ Fleck and the Broncos on a perfect 13-0 season, clearly deserving of the Cotton Bowl bid as the best Group of 5 team in the country.

I have gone through and picked the straight up winner of all 40 bowl games. Feel free to use my picks for all your bowl pools as I know that many of you will be playing in them this year. Keep in mind that just because I pick a team to win straight up doesn’t mean that’s who I’m going to take against the spread once the bowls roll around. Take a look at the college bowl odds to help you out with your picks.

I will also be adding betting previews of every bowl game throughout December. Just click the ‘odds’ link in the table below to get a preview of each bowl game, plus a prediction of which team will cover the spread. I hope you enjoy these free bowl picks, and best of luck with your bowl pools this year.

2016-17 College Bowl Predictions
DATE GAME MATCHUP PICK ODDS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
Jan. 9 Championship Game TBD TBD Odds
Dec. 31 Peach (Semifinal) (1) Alabama vs (4) Washington Alabama Odds
Dec. 31 Fiesta (Semifinal) (2) Clemson vs (3) Ohio State Clemson Odds
SELECTION COMMITTEE BOWL GAMES
Jan. 1 Cotton (8) Wisconsin vs (15) Western Michigan Wisconsin Odds
Jan. 1 Rose (5) Penn State vs (9) USC USC Odds
Jan. 1 Sugar (7) Oklahoma vs (14) Auburn Oklahoma Odds
Dec. 30 Orange (6) Michigan vs (11) Florida State Michigan Odds
OTHER BOWL GAMES
Jan. 2 Outback (17) Florida vs Iowa Florida Odds
Dec. 31 TaxSlayer Georgia Tech vs Kentucky Kentucky Odds
Dec. 31 Citrus (20) LSU vs (13) Louisville LSU Odds
Dec. 30 Arizona South Alabama vs Air Force Air Force Odds
Dec. 30 Music City Nebraska vs (21) Tennessee Tennessee Odds
Dec. 30 Sun (18) Stanford vs North Carolina Stanford Odds
Dec. 30 Liberty Georgia vs TCU Georgia Odds
Dec. 29 Alamo (12) Oklahoma Stte vs (10) Colorado Colorado Odds
Dec. 29 Belk Arkansas vs (22) Virginia Tech Arkansas Odds
Dec. 29 Birmingham South Florida vs South Carolina South Florida Odds
Dec. 28 Texas Texas A&M vs Kansas State Kansas State Odds
Dec. 28 Foster Farms Indiana vs (19) Utah Utah Odds
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (16) West Virginia vs Miami (FL) Miami Odds
Dec. 28 Pinstripe (23) Pittsburgh vs Northwestern Pittsburgh Odds
Dec. 27 Cactus Boise State vs Baylor Boise State Odds
Dec. 27 Holiday Minnesota vs Washington State Washington State Odds
Dec. 27 Military (24) Temple vs Wake Forest Temple Odds
Dec. 27 Heart of Dallas Army vs North Texas Army Odds
Dec. 26 Independence NC State vs Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Odds
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Maryland vs Boston College Boston College Odds
Dec. 26 St. Petersburg Miami (OH) vs Mississippi State Mississippi State Odds
Dec. 24 Hawai’i Hawai’i vs Middle Tennessee Hawai’i Odds
Dec. 23 Dollar General Ohio vs Troy Troy Odds
Dec. 23 Armed Forces Louisiana Tech vs (25) Navy Navy Odds
Dec. 23 Bahamas Eastern Michigan vs Old Dominion Eastern Michigan Odds
Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Idaho vs Colorado State Colorado State Odds
Dec. 21 Poinsettia BYU vs Wyoming BYU Odds
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Memphis vs Western Kentucky Memphis Odds
Dec. 19 Miami Beach Central Michigan vs Tulsa Tulsa Odds
Dec. 17 New Orleans Southern Miss vs UL Lafayette Southern Miss Odds
Dec. 17 Cure UCF vs Arkansas State UCF Odds
Dec. 17 Camellia Appalachian State vs Toledo Toledo Odds
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Houston vs San Diego State San Diego State Odds
Dec. 17 New Mexico New Mexico vs UTSA New Mexico Odds
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