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Fully updated 2016 bowl projections: Who wants Bama in the College Football Playoff?

Hey, let's guess who'll be in every 2016 college football bowl game!

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Never listen to anyone who tells you the college football season is proceeding in too orderly a fashion. We go through this ever year: people look up at the rankings in mid-October and declare there are too many unbeaten teams, too many teams with obvious paths to the Playoff, or what have you. Always have faith in college football chaos.

Below, updated picks for every bowl and Playoff game, after Week 8 unloaded its blessings upon us.

This week's biggest developments: Ohio State and Texas A&M are no longer unbeaten (only nine undefeated FBS teams are left, which is fewer than last year at this point), and the American seems to be down to just Navy in the New Year's Six mid-major race after Houston got destroyed by lil ole SMU.

We're running out of chances for Alabama to lose, and the Tide are almost to the point at which a loss wouldn't matter anyway, even without accounting for the annual Zombie Bama hulk-up that comes after an L.

Anyway, let's take a look at all of bowl season and how things might shape up in December.

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

I know I just said that thing about chaos, but these teams are still the best choices to win Power 5 conferences. Once mayhem strikes, we'll adapt.

Something tells me this will be the first week of the year in which my pick of either Michigan or Ohio State to represent the Big Ten will be uncontroversial. Just have a sense.

OSU can still make it in. Winning out and beating Michigan would likely win the East, since Penn State's overall record would hurt it in a three-way tiebreaker scenario. But UM's the clear favorite now.

Bama and Washington dominated opponents of wildly varying quality (A&M and Oregon State, respectively), and Clemson was off, thanking the heavens it's already beaten Lamar Jackson.

New Year's Six bowls
Jan. 2, Arlington, TX
Boise State Wisconsin 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

One change in this group this week: Wisconsin in for Baylor. I think there's little separation at the top of the Big 12, where some records are about to get muddied. The Badgers have a good shot at 10-2 or 10-3, and the committee's shown it doesn't punish division champions much for losing conference title games. Nebraska's obviously right there as well.

Considered Wisconsin over Tennessee as well, but UT's strength of schedule should rank better, based on the committee's stated preference for bowl-eligible opponents.

Conference selection order, not based on standings
Jan. 2, Tampa
Penn State 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 Arizona State ACC 3-6 vs. Pac-12 5
Dec. 30, Tucson
Utah State Troy MWC vs. Sun Belt
Dec. 29, San Antonio
TCU Washington State Big 12 2 vs. Pac-12 2
Dec. 29, Charlotte
Virginia Tech Auburn ACC 3-6 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 29
USF Army* 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
Baylor Missouri** Big 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8
Dec. 27, Tempe, AZ
Texas Stanford Big 12 6 vs. Pac-12 7
Heart of Dallas
Dec. 27
Idaho* WKU Big Ten vs. C-USA
Dec. 27, San Diego
Minnesota Colorado Big Ten 2-4 vs. Pac-12 3
Dec. 27, Annapolis, MD
Georgia Tech Houston ACC vs. American
Dec. 26, Shreveport, LA
UTEP** Akron* ACC vs. SEC
St. Petersburg
Dec. 26
Wake Forest Cincinnati ACC vs. American
Quick Lane
Dec. 26, Detroit, MI
Syracuse** Northwestern ACC vs. Big Ten
Dec. 24, Honolulu
Temple* 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
Kansas State Navy Big 12 vs. Navy
Dec. 23, Nassau
Tulsa Ohio American vs. MAC
Dec. 22, Boise, ID
Toledo Air Force MAC 2 vs. MWC
Dec. 21, San Diego
BYU Wyoming BYU vs. MWC
Boca Raton
Dec. 20
Memphis Southern Miss American vs. C-USA
Miami Beach
Dec. 19
SMU EMU American vs. MAC
Las Vegas
Dec. 17
San Diego State UCLA MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 6
Dec. 17, Montgomery, AL
CMU Appalachian State MAC 3 vs. Sun Belt 3
Dec. 17, Orlando
UCF Georgia Southern American vs. Sun Belt
New Mexico
Dec. 17, Albuquerque
MTSU New Mexico C-USA vs. MWC
New Orleans
Dec. 17
UL Lafayette LA Tech Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA

* = taking another conference's unfilled bid
** = here at 5-7, thanks to APR scores

Todd Graham Bowl!

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