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New 2016 bowl projections after Week 7, with a loaded College Football Playoff

Hey, let's guess how all 40 college football bowl games will turn out!

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Time once again for the Sunday morning look at the college football bowl picture, now with another week's worth of information to factor in. As always, these are guesses of how things will look at the end of the season.

The College Football Playoff paths appear clear in four Power 5 conferences, with Alabama and Ohio State beating AP top-10 conference opponents on Saturday (Tennessee and Wisconsin, respectively) and Clemson surviving an overtime threat by NC State. The paths are a little too clear, if you ask me, and we can expect a mayhem weekend somewhere down the line to wreck much of this. It always happens; there's just no way to tell when it's about to strike.

Below, picks for each bowl game, from the New Orleans Bowl to the National Championship. Your team is underrated, and I apologize.

Also, a few notes on the Playoff and New Year's Six sections, which hold steady this time around.

College Football Playoff
Dec. 31, Glendale, AZ
Clemson Michigan Playoff rankings top 4
Dec. 31, Atlanta
Alabama Washington Playoff rankings top 4
National Championship
Jan. 9, Tampa
Alabama Michigan Fiesta winner vs. Peach winner

This week, sticking with Michigan again over Ohio State. Regular readers know this particular spot changes frequently, drawing great angst in the comment section, my Twitter mentions, and my email inbox, no matter what.

After their respective games against Wisconsin, I'm slightly more comfortable at this point in saying the Wolverines have looked good enough to win at OSU.

New Year's Six bowls
Jan. 2, Arlington, TX
Boise State Baylor At-large
Jan. 2, Pasadena, CA
Ohio State Utah Big Ten 1 vs. Pac-12 1
Jan. 2, New Orleans
Oklahoma Texas A&M Big 12 1 vs. SEC 1
Dec. 30, Miami
Louisville Tennessee ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND

After accounting for all of Week 7 and changing some games later on, I don't have anything to change in the whole New Year's Six this week. I considered Stanford over Utah. Houston, Western Michigan, and others of course remain in the mix for the Group of 5 autobid. Let's see after next week.

Conference selection order, not based on standings
Jan. 2, Tampa
Wisconsin Florida Big Ten 2-4 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 31, Orlando
Nebraska LSU Big Ten 2-4/ACC vs. SEC 2
Dec. 31, Jacksonville
Miami Arkansas ACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8
Music City
Dec. 30, Nashville
Indiana Ole Miss ACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 30, Memphis
Oklahoma State Georgia Big 12 5 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 30, El Paso, TX
Pitt Stanford ACC 3-6 vs. Pac-12 5
Dec. 30, Tucson
Utah State Georgia Southern MWC vs. Sun Belt
Dec. 29, San Antonio
Texas Washington State Big 12 2 vs. Pac-12 2
Dec. 29, Charlotte
Virginia Tech Missouri ACC 3-6 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 29
Houston Syracuse** American vs. SEC 9
Foster Farms
Dec. 28, Santa Clara, CA
Iowa USC Big Ten 5-7 vs. Pac-12 4
Dec. 28, New York City
North Carolina Maryland ACC 3-6 vs. Big Ten 5-7
Russell Athletic
Dec. 28, Orlando
Florida State West Virginia ACC 2 vs. Big 12 3
Dec. 28, Houston
TCU Auburn Big 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 27, Tempe, AZ
Kansas State Arizona State Big 12 6 vs. Pac-12 7
Heart of Dallas
Dec. 27
Minnesota WKU Big Ten vs. C-USA
Dec. 27, San Diego
Penn State Colorado Big Ten 2-4 vs. Pac-12 3
Dec. 27, Annapolis, MD
Wake Forest USF ACC vs. American
Dec. 26, Shreveport, LA
Akron* Army* ACC vs. SEC
St. Petersburg
Dec. 26
Georgia Tech Cincinnati ACC vs. American
Quick Lane
Dec. 26, Detroit, MI
UCF** Northwestern ACC vs. Big Ten
Dec. 24, Honolulu
MTSU Hawaii C-USA vs. MWC
Dollar General
Dec. 23, Mobile, AL
WMU South Alabama MAC 1 vs. Sun Belt 2
Armed Forces
Dec. 23, Fort Worth, TX
Idaho* Navy Big 12 vs. Navy
Dec. 23, Nassau
Tulsa EMU American vs. MAC
Dec. 22, Boise, ID
CMU Air Force MAC 2 vs. MWC
Dec. 21, San Diego
BYU San Diego State BYU vs. MWC
Boca Raton
Dec. 20
Memphis Southern Miss American vs. C-USA
Miami Beach
Dec. 19
UConn Ohio American vs. MAC
Las Vegas
Dec. 17
Wyoming UCLA MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 6
Dec. 17, Montgomery, AL
Toledo Appalachian State MAC 3 vs. Sun Belt 3
Dec. 17, Orlando
Temple Troy American vs. Sun Belt
New Mexico
Dec. 17, Albuquerque
UTSA New Mexico C-USA vs. MWC
New Orleans
Dec. 17
UL Lafayette LA Tech Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA

* = filling another conference's bid
** = here thanks to APR scores

OK, what do we think here?

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