The opening week of the 2016 college football season is here. In this edition of our season preview, we take a look at who may be going where come bowl season. Picks are based on our conference standings projections from Friday.
|Bowl||Team 1||Team 2|
|Peach (Semifinal #1)||Florida State||Washington|
|Fiesta (Semifinal #2)||Ohio State||LSU|
|Foster Farms||USC||Penn State|
|Las Vegas||Arizona State||Boise State|
|Cactus||Washington State||Kansas State|
• Florida State returns all 11 starters on the offensive side of the ball, and with one of the easier schedules of any national title contender, they seem like the best best to run the table and finish the regular season as the top seed for the College Football Playoff. That leaves three spots for four remaining power conference champions, and while its unlikely any of them go undefeated, I like Ohio State, LSU, and Washington to fill them out.
• If Washington wins the Pac-12 title game, that leaves either UCLA or Stanford to play in the Rose Bowl. With UCLA getting the Cardinal at home earlier in the year and a better chance of finishing higher in the final regular season rankings, it would make sense for the selection committee to keep the Bruins at home and let them play in their first Rose Bowl game since 1999.
• With Boise State looking like a good bet to win the Mountain West, the Broncos will be headed to the Las Vegas Bowl. Wanting to avoid a regular season rematch, expect Washington State to be sent to the Cactus Bowl while Arizona State slides into Vegas for a spicy matchup with the Broncos.