College Football 2016 Post-Season Awards Recap & Bowl Preview

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. The college football bowl season, also known as Capital One Bowl Mania. It seems everything these days has a corporate sponsor. It’s the best of times, and the worst of times because these are the final games of the season. The final game is the National Championship game played on January 9th. Washington Huskies. Alabama Crimson Tide. Ohio State Buckeyes. Clemson Tigers. Who will win it all? Who do you think it will be and who do you want it to be? I’d love to see Washington dethrone the mighty Alabama dynasty in the Peach Bowl and beat the winner between Ohio State and Clemson. It’s the outside of outside shots, the Cinderella underdog. I don’t care. That’s what makes sports great. Why not Washington? They’ve got a great coach, capable quarterback, star receivers, solid defense with a star defensive back. I’ll do a pre-Christmas and post-Christmas bowl recap, and a final recap of the end of the season rankings after the championship game.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson hoisted the Heisman over the weekend in New York City. It’s been his since the end of September when the left-over favorites from a year ago fell out of favor. It was his to win, and only his. Jackson won with 2,144 votes while Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was second with 1,524. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (361), Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook (209), and Michigan all round player Jabrill Peppers (208) rounded out the top five.

Army upset Navy in winning their rivalry game for the first time since 2001. After the 21-17 victory, Army cadets stormed the field. It’s been a long time since Army had a decent season. They’re going bowling this year.

Speaking of going bowling, below I have a few things to share. The first is the post-season award winners. There’s a list of every bowl with teams, records, times, and places. I’ll also pick a winner for each game. Let’s see how I do. Then the final College Football rankings going into the bowl season.

College Football Awards for the 2016 Season

Heisman Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Player) – Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals

Maxwell Award (Outstanding Player) – Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals

Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year) – Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals

The Home Depot Award (Coach of the Year) – Mike MacIntyre, Colorado Buffaloes

Doak Walker Award (National Running Back Award) – D’Onta Foreman, Texas Longhorns

Davey O’Brien Award (National Quarterback Award) – Deshaun Watson, Clemson Tigers

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Outstanding Sr. QB) – Deshaun Watson, Clemson Tigers

Fred Biletnikoff Award (Outstanding Receiver) – Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma Sooners

John Mackey Award (Outstanding Tight End) – Jake Butt, Michigan Wolverines

Outland Trophy (Outstanding Interior Lineman) – Cam Robinson, Alabama Crimson Tide

Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award (Outstanding Lineman) – Not award until 2/11/2017.

Rimington Trophy (Outstanding Center) – Pat Elfein, Ohio State Buckeyes

Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year) – Jonathan Allen, Alabama Crimson Tide

Bronko Nagurski Award (Defensive Player of the Year) – Jonathan Allen, Alabama Crimson Tide

Dick Butkus Award (Outstanding Linebacker) – Reuben Foster, Alabama Crimson Tide

Jim Thorpe Award (Outstanding Defensive Back) – Adoree’ Jackson, USC Trojans

Lou Groza Award (Collegiate Place-kicker Award) – Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State

Ray Guy Award (Outstanding Punter) – Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah

Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive End of the Year) – Jonathan Allen, Alabama Crimson Tide

Campbell Trophy (Top-scholar Athlete) – Zach Terrell, Western Michigan

Wuerffel Trophy (Community Service) – Trevor Knight, Texas A&M

Frank Broyles Award (Assistant Coach of the Year) – Brent Venables, Clemson Tigers

Lott IMPACT Trophy (Outstanding Defensive Player) – Not award as of writing.

Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile Player) – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan Wolverines

Disney Spirit Award (Most Inspirational Player or Team) – James Connor, Pittsburgh Panthers

College Football 2016-2017 Playoff & Bowl Schedule
December 17, 2016:
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central Eagles (9-2) vs. Grambling State Tigers (11-1)
12:00 PM on ABC from Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA
My Pick: Grambling State Tigers (11-1)

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico Lobos (8-4) vs. Texas San-Antonio Roadrunners (6-6)
2:00 PM on ESPN from University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM
My Pick: New Mexico Lobos (8-4)

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
3:30 PM on ABC from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Houston Cougars (9-3) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (10-3)
My Pick: San Diego State Aztecs (10-3)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
5:30 PM on ESPN from Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL
Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3) vs. Toledo Rockets (9-3)
My Pick: Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3)

AutoNation Cure Bowl
5:30 PM on CBSSN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
UCF Knights (6-6) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5)
My Pick: UCF Knights (6-6)

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-6) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6)
My Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6)

December 19, 2016:
Miami Beach Bowl
2:30 PM on ESPN from Marlins Park in Miami, FL
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)
My Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)

December 20, 2016:
Boca Raton Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL
Memphis Tigers (8-4) vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)
My Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)

December 21, 2016:
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from Qualcomm Stadium in Sand Diego, CA
BYU Cougars (8-4) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
My Pick: Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)

December 22, 2016:
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID
Idaho Vandals (8-4) vs. Colorado State Rams (7-5)
My Pick: Idaho Vandals (8-4)

December 23, 2016:
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
1:00 PM on ESPN from Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas
Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (9-3)
My Pick: Old Dominion Monarchs (9-3)

Lockhead Martin Armed Forces Bowl
4:30 PM on ESPN from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-5) vs. #25 Navy Midshipmen (9-4)
My Pick: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-5)

Dollar General Bowl
8:00 PM on ESPN from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL
Ohio Bobcats (8-5) vs. Troy Trojans (9-3)
My Pick: Ohio Bobcats (8-5)

December 24, 2016:
Hawai’i Bowl
8:00 PM on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI
Hawai’i Warriors (6-7) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4)
My Pick: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4)

December 26, 2016:
St. Petersburg Bowl
11:00 AM on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (6-6) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-7)
My Pick: Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (6-6)

Quick Lane Bowl
2:30 PM on ESPN from Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Maryland Terrapins (6-6) vs. Boston College Eagles (6-6)
My Pick: Boston College Eagles (6-6)

Camping World Independence Bowl
5:00 PM on ESPN2 from Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA
North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6)
My Pick: North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-6)

December 27, 2016:
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
12:00 PM on ESPN from Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX
Army Black Knights (7-5) vs. North Texas Mean Green (5-7)
My Pick: Army Black Knights (7-5)

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
3:30 PM on ESPN from Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD
#24 Temple Owls (10-3) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)
My Pick: #24 Temple Owls (10-3)

National Funding Holiday Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
Minnesota Gophers (8-4) vs. Washington State Cougars (8-4)
My Pick: Washington State Cougars (8-4)

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field) 6:45 PM on ESPN
10:15 PM on ESPN from Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Boise State Broncos (10-2) vs. Baylor Bears (6-6)
My Pick: Boise State Broncos (10-2)

December 28, 2016:
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
2:00 PM on ESPN from Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
#23 Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (6-6)
My Pick: #23 Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4)

Russell Athletic Bowl
5:30 PM on ESPN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
#16 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2) vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (8-4)
My Pick: #16 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2)

Foster Farms Bowl
8:30 PM on Fox from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Indiana Hoosiers (6-6) vs. #19 Utah Utes (8-4)
My Pick: #19 Utah Utes (8-4)

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (8-4)
My Pick: Kansas State Wildcats (8-4)

December 29, 2016:
Birmingham Bowl
2:00 PM on ESPN from Legion Field in Birmingham, AL
South Florida Bulls (10-2) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
My Pick: South Florida Bulls (10-2)

Belk Bowl
5:30 PM on ESPN from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5) vs. #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4)
My Pick: #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4)

Valero Alamo Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) vs. #10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3)
My Pick: #10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3)

December 30, 2016:
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
12:00 PM on ESPN from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN
Georgia Bulldogs (7-5) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (6-6)
My Pick: Georgia Bulldogs (7-5)

Hyundai Sun Bowl
2:00 PM on CBS from Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX
#18 Stanford Cardinal (9-3) vs. North Carolina (8-4)
My Pick: #18 Stanford Cardinal (9-3)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
3:30 PM on ESPN from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) vs. #21 Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)
My Pick: Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
5:30 PM on Campus Insiders from Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ
South Alabama (6-6) vs. Air Force Falcons (9-3)
My Pick: Air Force Falcons (9-3)

Capital One Orange Bowl
8:00 PM on ESPN from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
#6 Michigan Wolverines (10-2) vs. #11 Florida State Seminoles (9-3)
My Pick: #6 Michigan Wolverines (10-2)

December 31, 2016:
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
11:00 AM on ABC from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
#20 LSU Tigers (7-4) vs. #13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3)
My Pick: #13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3)

TaxSlayer Bowl
11:00 AM on ESPN from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (7-5)
My Pick: Kentucky Wildcats (7-5)

 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
3:00 PM on ESPN from Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA
#4 Washington Huskies (12-1) vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0)
My Pick: #4 Washington Huskies (12-1)

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ
#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) vs. #2 Clemson Tigers (12-1)
My Pick: #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)

January 2, 2017:
Outback Bowl
1:00 PM on ABC from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
#17 Florida Gators (8-4) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4)
My Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
1:00 PM on ESPN from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
#15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0) vs. #8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)
My Pick: #8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
5:00 PM on ESPN from Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
#9 USC Trojans (9-3) vs. #5 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2)
My Pick: #5 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2)

Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:30 PM on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
#14 Auburn Tigers (8-4) vs. #7 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
My Pick: #7 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)

January 9, 2017:
College Football Playoff National Championship
8:00 PM on ESPN from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Winner of the Peach Bowl vs. Winner of the Fiesta Bowl
My Pick: #4 Washington Huskies (12-1)

College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Navy Midshipmen
  2. Temple Owls
  3. Pittsburgh Panthers
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. Utah Utes
  8. Stanford Cardinal
  9. Florida Gators
  10. West Virginia Mountaineers
  11. Western Michigan Broncos
  12. Auburn Tigers
  13. Louisville Cardinals
  14. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  15. Florida State Seminoles
  16. Colorado Buffaloes
  17. USC Trojans
  18. Wisconsin Badgers
  19. Oklahoma Sooners
  20. Michigan Wolverines
  21. Penn State Nittany Lions
  22. Washington Huskies
  23. Ohio State Buckeyes
  24. Clemson Tigers
  25. Alabama Crimson Tide

Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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