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College Football Postseason Pick Em

This article will be updated as we make our picks for each round of games. Check back often for new predictions and to see who's winning!

First published: December 2, 2016 10:45 CT
Updated: January 10, 2017 00:10 CT


As the 2016 College Football Season comes to its inevitable end, our College Football writing team decided it would be fun to predict the winners of every Conference Championship game, Bowl game, and Playoff game. Below you'll see our picks for every game along with a brief explanation of why we made the pick. Feel free to play along and let us know how you do!

 

Conference Championship Games

 

MAC

Martin: Western Michigan over Ohio (1/1)
 

I’ll take the Broncos over the Bobcats. I think WMU is a legitimately good team that would beat most top 25 teams and maybe even a few top 10 teams, and PJ Fleck appears to be one of the next hot coaching hires. It’s too bad they don’t have a shot at the playoff. I think Western wins by at least two scores.

 

Cam: Western Michigan over Ohio (1/1)

No offense to Ohio but this one seems fairly academic. WMU is outscoring their opponents by an average of 25 points per game and their offense is very efficient and balanced posting a healthy 503 yards of offense per game. 13-0 will look good on the Broncos. 

 

PAC-12

Martin: Colorado over Washington (1/2)

Washington has been the darling of the Pac-12, but don’t overlook Colorado, who is in the middle of one of the biggest single season turnarounds of all time. Colorado’s two losses were on the road at Michigan (a game in which Colorado was winning until their QB was injured) and on the road at USC (after USC decided to start playing football and be a really good team). Washington’s non-conference schedule was weak, and they needed overtime to put away a bad Arizona team. I expect this to be a close game, and I give the edge to Colorado. (I also really hope Colorado wins to put Michigan in the playoff…)

 

Cam: Washington over Colorado (2/2)

This game…I am very excited about this game. Both teams have stingy defenses as far as points allowed are concerned. Both teams have prolific offenses, averaging over 450 yards of offense per game. I expect both teams to play exceptionally well and push each other to the brink. The difference though is going to be Jake Browning. He’s thrown for 3162 yards, 40 touchdowns, only 7 interceptions and is completing 65% of his passes. The dude has skills and I think Colorado is about to find out just how skilled he is. 

 

AAC

Martin: Navy over Temple (1/3)

Can a team that averages 128 passing yards win a conference championship? If you also average 342 rushing yards, you certainly can. Navy beat Houston earlier this year, and they are a dangerous team to play. I expect Navy to beat Temple.

 

Cam: Navy over Temple (2/3)

Navy is having an incredible year, why should that stop now? I expect a full dose of Triple Option running from Navy despite Temple's solid run defense. Close game? Probably. Navy still finds a way to win. 

 

SEC

Martin: Alabama over Florida (2/4)

Because they are Alabama, and we’re all fighting for second place.

 

Cam: Alabama over Florida (3/4)

Yeah, what Martin said.

 

Big Ten

Martin: Wisconsin over Penn State (2/5)

Wisconsin’s two losses this year? A 7-point loss in Ann Arbor and an overtime loss to Ohio State. Penn State has had a miraculous second half of their season after looking like an utter garbage fire early on, but I expect the magic to run out tonight. I think Wisconsin wins by two scores.

 

Cam: Penn State over Wisconsin (4/5)

I'm not really sure how much this game actually matters, which is sad. One of these teams will have to win convincingly and hope for Clemson to look bad against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game just for a hope of sneaking into the playoff. Looks like these 2 are playing for the Rose Bowl...which is still a big deal right?

 

ACC

Martin: Virginia Tech over Clemson (2/6)

If I was in Vegas, I’d put my money on Clemson. But I have nothing but pride riding on this, I want Clemson to lose, and I haven’t been impressed by them all year. They’ve had numerous close calls with bad teams (Troy and NC State), and their wins aren’t all that impressive anymore. Virginia Tech doesn’t sport a great resumé either, but one of these games needs an upset, right?

 

Cam: Clemson over Virginia Tech (5/6)

I agree with Martin that Clemson has looked downright poor at times this year, but they still have an 11-1 record despite some close games. I like VT and their new head coach and expect them to get better in the coming years but this is not their year to win the conference. That privilege belongs to Clemson for the 2nd year in a row. 

 

Bowl Games

 

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

North Carolina Central vs. Grambling State

Cam (6/7) & Martin (3/7): Grambling State

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico vs. Texas-San Antonio 

Cam (7/8) & Martin (4/8): New Mexico

 

Las Vegas Bowl

Houston vs. San Diego State

Cam (7/9) & Martin (4/9): Houston


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Appalachian State vs. Toledo

Cam (8/10) & Martin (5/10): Appalachian State

 

Autonation Cure Bowl

University of Central Florida vs. Arkansas State

Cam (8/11) & Martin (5/11): University of Central Florida

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Cam (9/12) & Martin (6/12): Southern Miss

 

Miami Beach Bowl

Central Michigan vs. Tulsa

Cam (10/13): Tulsa

Martin (6/13): Central Michigan

 

Boca Raton Bowl

Memphis vs. Western Kentucky

Cam (11/14) & Martin (7/14): Western Kentucky

 

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Brigham Young vs. Wyoming

Cam (12/15) and Martin (8/15): Brigham Young University

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Idaho vs. Colorado State

Cam (12/16) & Martin (8/16): Colorado State

 

Popeye's Bahamas Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion

Cam (13/17): Old Dominion

Martin (8/17): Eastern Michigan University

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Louisiana Tech vs. Navy

Cam (13/18) & Martin (8/18): Navy

 

Dollar General Bowl

Ohio vs. Troy

Cam (14/19) & Martin (9/19): Troy

 

Hawai'i Bowl

Hawai'i vs. Middle Tennessee

Cam (14/20) & Martin (9/20): Middle Tennessee

 

St. Petersburg Bowl

Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State

Cam (15/21) & Martin (10/21): Mississippi State

 

Quick Lane Bowl

Maryland vs. Boston College

Cam (16/22): Boston College

Martin (10/22): Maryland

 

Camping World Independence Bowl

NC State vs. Vanderbilt

Cam (16/23) & Martin (10/23): Vanderbilt

 

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Army vs. North Texas

Cam (17/24) & Martin (11/24): Army 

 

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

Temple vs. Wake Forest

Cam (17/25) & Martin (11/25): Temple

 

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Minnesota vs. Washington State

Cam (17/26): Washington State

Martin (12/26): Minnesota

 

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Boise State vs. Baylor

Cam (17/27) & Martin (12/27): Boise State

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

Cam (17/28) & Martin (12/28): Pittsburgh

 

Russell Athletic Bowl

West Virginia vs. Miami

Cam (17/29) & Martin (12/29): West Virginia

 

Foster Farms Bowl

Indiana vs. Utah

Cam (18/30) & Martin (13/30): Utah

 

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Kansas State

Cam (19/31): Kansas State

Martin (13/31): Texas A&M

 

Birmingham Bowl

South Florida vs. South Carolina

Cam (20/32) & Martin (14/32): South Florida

 

Belk Bowl

Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech

Cam (21/33) & Martin (15/33): Virginia Tech

 

Valero Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Colorado

Cam (21/34) & Martin (15/34): Colorado

 

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Georgia vs. Texas Christian University

Cam (22/35) & Martin (16/35): Georgia

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Stanford vs. North Carolina

Cam (23/36) & Martin (17/36): Stanford

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nebraska vs. Tennessee

Cam (23/37) & Martin (17/37): Nebraska

 

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

South Alabama vs. Air Force

Cam (24/38) & Martin (18/38): Air Force

 

Capital One Orange Bowl

Michigan vs. Florida State

Cam (24/39) & Martin (18/39): Michigan

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Louisiana State vs. Louisville

Cam (24/40) & Martin (18/40): Louisville

 

Taxslayer Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Cam (25/41) & Martin (19/41): Georgia Tech

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Cam (25/42): Western Michigan

Martin (20/42): Wisconsin

 

Outback Bowl

Florida vs. Iowa

Cam (25/43): Iowa

Martin (21/43): Florida

 

Rose Bowl

University of Southern California vs. Penn State

Cam (26/44): University of Southern California

Martin (21/44): Penn State

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Auburn vs. Oklahoma

Cam (27/45) & Martin (22/45): Oklahoma

 

PLAYOFF

 

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl

Washington vs. Alabama

Cam (28/46) & Martin (23/46): Alabama

 

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State vs. Clemson

Cam (28/47) & Martin (23/47): Ohio State

 

National Championship Game

Alabama vs. Clemson

Cam (28/48) & Martin (23/48): Alabama

 

Final Results

The final tally for Martin was 23 correct picks out of 48 games, which comes out to a score of 47.9%. Cam chose 28 games correctly, resulting in a score of 58.3%. Neither of us did great, frankly, but those are the breaks when your picking college football games, weird things happen.

When we first published this post we also launched a Pick Em pool on espn.com. The winner of that pool was none other than Mendoza Line co-host, Nick Coats, congrats on your big win!!