2017–18 NCAA football bowl games

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2017–18 NCAA football bowl games
Season 2017
Regular season August 26, 2017 (2017-08-26) – December 9, 2017 (2017-12-09)
Number of bowls 40[1][2]
All-star games 3
Bowl games December 16, 2017 (2017-12-16) – January 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)
National Championship 2018 College Football Playoff
National Championship
Location of Championship Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Champions Alabama Crimson Tide
Bowl Challenge Cup winner Big Ten
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
SEC 11 5–6 (0.455) 5
ACC 10 4–6 (0.400) 4
Conference USA 9 4–5 (0.444) 0
Pac-12 9 1–8 (0.111) 3
Big Ten 8 7–1 (0.875) 5
Big 12 8 5–3 (0.625) 3
American 7 4–3 (0.571) 3
Mountain West 6 3–3 (0.500) 1
MAC 5 1–4 (0.200) 0
Sun Belt 5 4–1 (0.800) 0
Independents 2 2–0 (1.000) 1

The 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games was a series of college football bowl games which completed the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games began on December 16, 2017, and aside from the all-star games ended with the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship which was played on January 8, 2018.[3]

The total of 40 team-competitive bowls, including the national championship game, was one less than the previous year, with the folding of the Poinsettia Bowl.[1][2] To fill the 78 available bowl slots, a total of 15 teams (19% of all participants) with non-winning (6–6) seasons participated in bowl games. This marks only the second time in seven years that no teams with losing seasons (6–7 or 5–7) had to be invited to fill available bowl berths.


The schedule for the 2017–18 bowl games is below. All times are EST (UTC−5).[4][5]

College Football Playoff and Championship Game[edit]

The College Football Playoff system was used to determine a national champion of Division I FBS college football. A 13-member committee of experts ranked the top 25 teams in the nation after each of the last seven weeks of the 2017 season. The top four teams in the final ranking played a single-elimination semifinal round, with the winners advancing to the National Championship game.

The semifinal games were the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. Both were played on New Year's Day, as part of a yearly rotation of three pairs of six bowls, commonly referred to as the CFP New Year's Six bowl games. Their winners advanced to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on January 8, 2018.

Semifinals Championship
January 1 – Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
  1   Clemson 6  
  4   Alabama 24   January 8 – National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
      4   Alabama (OT) 26
January 1 – Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
    3   Georgia 23
  2   Oklahoma 48
  3   Georgia (2OT) 54  

Date Game Site Teams Affiliations Results
Dec 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
8:30 pm
No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (11–2)
No. 8 USC Trojans (11–2)
Big Ten
Ohio State 24
Dec 30 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
4:00 pm
No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions (10–2)
No. 11 Washington Huskies (10–2)
Big Ten
Penn State 35
Washington 28
Capital One Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
8:00 pm
No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (12–1)
No. 10 Miami Hurricanes (10–2)
Big Ten
Wisconsin 34
Miami 24
Jan 1 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
12:30 pm
No. 12 UCF Knights (12–0)
No. 7 Auburn Tigers (10–3)
UCF 34
Auburn 27
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

(Playoff Semifinal Game)

Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
5:00 pm
No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (12–1)
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (12–1)
Big 12
Georgia 54
Oklahoma 48 (2OT)
Allstate Sugar Bowl

(Playoff Semifinal Game)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:45 pm
No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (11–1)
No. 1 Clemson Tigers (12–1)
Alabama 24
Clemson 6
Jan 8 College Football Playoff National Championship

(Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
8:00 pm
No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1)
No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (13–1)
Alabama 26
Georgia 23 (OT)

Non-CFP bowl games[edit]

On April 11, 2016, the NCAA announced a freeze on new bowl games until after the 2019 season. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, the NCAA had to lower its postseason eligibility criteria repeatedly (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013), eventually allowing teams with losing seasons (5–7) to participate in bowls due to there being not enough bowl-eligible teams, while also having to allow teams from the same conference to meet in the 2015 Arizona Bowl due to the lack of eligible teams to meet its other tie-ins.[6][7][8] For the 2017–18 bowl season, 62% of the 130 teams playing in Division I FBS were deemed eligible to participate in a bowl game, with 60% actually receiving invites to fill the 78 available slots.

For the 2017–18 bowl season, changes from the prior season's bowl games are the Frisco Bowl replacing the Miami Beach Bowl, and discontinuation of the Poinsettia Bowl. What was the Russell Athletic Bowl is now the Camping World Bowl, due to a sponsorship change and the St. Petersburg Bowl has been renamed as the Gasparilla Bowl, after mythical St. Petersburg area pirate José Gaspar.

Date Game Site Television Radio Teams Affiliations Results
Dec 16 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
1:00 pm
ESPN ESPN Radio Troy Trojans (10–2)
North Texas Mean Green (9–4)
Sun Belt
Troy 50
North Texas 30
AutoNation Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida
2:30 pm
CBSSN Touchdown Radio Georgia State Panthers (6–5)
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6–6)
Sun Belt
Georgia State 27
Western Kentucky 17
Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, Nevada
3:30 pm
ABC Sports USA No. 25 Boise State Broncos (10–3)
Oregon Ducks (7–5)
Mountain West
Boise State 38
Oregon 28
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico
4:30 pm
ESPN ESPN Radio Marshall Thundering Herd (7–5)
Colorado State Rams (7–5)
Mountain West
Marshall 31
Colorado State 28
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, Alabama
8:00 pm
ESPN Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6–6)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (7–4)
Sun Belt
Middle Tennessee 35
Arkansas State 30
Dec 19 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, Florida
7:00 pm
ESPN Florida Atlantic Owls (10–3)
Akron Zips (7–6)
Florida Atlantic 50
Akron 3
Dec 20 DXL Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas
8:00 pm
ESPN RedVoice, LLC Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (6–6)
SMU Mustangs (7–5)
Louisiana Tech 51
SMU 10
Dec 21 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
8:00 pm
ESPN Temple Owls (6–6)
FIU Panthers (8–4)
Temple 28
Dec 22 Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas
12:30 pm
ESPN Ohio Bobcats (8–4)
UAB Blazers (8–4)
Ohio 41
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium
Boise, Idaho
4:00 pm
Wyoming Cowboys (7–5)
Central Michigan Chippewas (8–4)
Mountain West
Wyoming 37
Central Michigan 14
Dec 23 Birmingham Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
12:00 pm
South Florida Bulls (9–2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (6–6)
Big 12
South Florida 38
Texas Tech 34
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas
3:30 pm
Army Black Knights (9–3)
San Diego State Aztecs (10–2)
Mountain West
Army 42
San Diego State 35
Dollar General Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
7:00 pm
Nevada SN Appalachian State Mountaineers (8–4)
Toledo Rockets (11–2)
Sun Belt
Appalachian State 34
Toledo 0
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, Hawaii
8:30 pm
ESPN Radio Fresno State Bulldogs (9–4)
Houston Cougars (7–4)
Mountain West
Fresno State 33
Houston 27
Dec 26 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, Texas
1:00 pm
RedVoice, LLC Utah Utes (6–6)
West Virginia Mountaineers (7–5)
Big 12
Utah 30
West Virginia 14
Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
5:15 pm
WJR Duke Blue Devils (6–6)
Northern Illinois Huskies (8–4)
Duke 36
Northern Illinois 14
Cactus Bowl Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 pm
ESPN Radio Kansas State Wildcats (7–5)
UCLA Bruins (6–6)
Big 12
Kansas State 35
Dec 27 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
1:30 pm
Sports USA Florida State Seminoles (6–6)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8–4)
Florida State 42
Southern Miss 13
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium
Bronx, New York
5:15 pm
ESPN Radio Iowa Hawkeyes (7–5)
Boston College Eagles (7–5)
Big Ten
Iowa 27
Boston College 20
Foster Farms Bowl Levi's Stadium
Santa Clara, California
8:30 pm
Fox Fox Sports Radio
Purdue Boilermakers (6–6)
Arizona Wildcats (7–5)
Big Ten
Purdue 38
Arizona 35
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas
9:00 pm
ESPN Radio Texas Longhorns (6–6)
Missouri Tigers (7–5)
Big 12
Texas 33
Missouri 16
Dec 28 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland
1:30 pm
ESPN ESPN Radio Navy Midshipmen (6–6)
Virginia Cavaliers (6–6)
Navy 49
Virginia 7
Camping World Bowl Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida
5:15 pm
ESPN No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9–3)
No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies (9–3)
Big 12
Oklahoma State 30
Virginia Tech 21
Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
9:00 pm
ESPN No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs (10–3)
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (9–4)
Big 12
TCU 39
Stanford 37
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl SDCCU Stadium
San Diego, California
9:00 pm
FS1 Fox Sports Radio No. 16 Michigan State Spartans (9–3)
No. 18 Washington State Cougars (9–3)
Big Ten
Michigan State 42
Washington State 17
Dec 29 Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
1:00 pm
ESPN ESPN Radio Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7–5)
Texas A&M Aggies (7–5)
Wake Forest 55
Texas A&M 52
Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
3:00 pm
CBS Sports USA No. 24 NC State Wolfpack (8–4)
Arizona State Sun Devils (7–5)
NC State 52
Arizona State 31
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee
4:30 pm
ESPN ESPN Radio No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats (9–3)
Kentucky Wildcats (7–5)
Big Ten
Northwestern 24
Kentucky 23
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium
Tucson, Arizona
5:30 pm
CBSSN New Mexico State Aggies (6–6)
Utah State Aggies (6–6)
Sun Belt
Mountain West
New Mexico State 26
Utah State 20 (OT)
Dec 30 TaxSlayer Bowl EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida
12:00 pm
ESPN Touchdown Radio No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8–4)
Louisville Cardinals (8–4)
Mississippi State 31
Louisville 27
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl
Memphis, Tennessee
12:30 pm
ABC ESPN Radio Iowa State Cyclones (7–5)
No. 20 Memphis Tigers (10–2)
Big 12
Iowa State 21
Memphis 20
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
12:00 pm
ESPN2 Sports USA South Carolina Gamecocks (8–4)
Michigan Wolverines (8–4)
Big Ten
South Carolina 26
Michigan 19
Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida
1:00 pm
ABC ESPN Radio No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9–3)
No. 17 LSU Tigers (9–3)
Notre Dame 21
LSU 17

All-star games[edit]

Date Game Site Television Participants Results
Jan 20 East–West Shrine Game Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
3:00 pm
NFL Network East Team
West Team
West 14
East 10
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
4:00 pm
FS1 American Team
National Team
National 23
American 0
Jan 27 Senior Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
2:30 pm
NFL Network North Team
South Team
South 45
North 16

Selection of the teams[edit]

CFP top 25 teams[edit]

On December 3, 2017, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced their final team rankings for the year.[9]

In the fourth year of the College Football Playoff era, this was the first time that two of the four semifinalists (Georgia and Alabama) were from the same conference.

Rank Team W–L Conference and standing Bowl game
Clemson Tigers
ACC champions Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma Sooners
Big 12 champions Rose Bowl
Georgia Bulldogs
SEC champions Rose Bowl
Alabama Crimson Tide
SEC West Division co-champions Sugar Bowl
Ohio State Buckeyes
Big Ten champions Cotton Bowl
Wisconsin Badgers
Big Ten West Division champions Orange Bowl
Auburn Tigers
SEC West Division co-champions Peach Bowl
USC Trojans
Pac-12 champions Cotton Bowl
Penn State Nittany Lions
Big Ten East Division second place (tie) Fiesta Bowl
Miami Hurricanes
ACC Coastal Division champions Orange Bowl
Washington Huskies
Pac-12 North Division co-champions Fiesta Bowl
UCF Knights
AAC champions Peach Bowl
Stanford Cardinal
Pac-12 North Division co-champions Alamo Bowl
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Independent Citrus Bowl
TCU Horned Frogs
Big 12 second place Alamo Bowl
Michigan State Spartans
Big Ten East Division second place (tie) Holiday Bowl
LSU Tigers
SEC West Division third place Citrus Bowl
Washington State Cougars
Pac-12 North Division third place Holiday Bowl
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Big 12 third place Camping World Bowl
Memphis Tigers
AAC West Division champions Liberty Bowl
Northwestern Wildcats
Big Ten West Division second place Music City Bowl
Virginia Tech Hokies
ACC Coastal Division second place Camping World Bowl
Mississippi State Bulldogs
SEC West Division fourth place (tie) TaxSlayer Bowl
NC State Wolfpack
ACC Atlantic Division second place Sun Bowl
Boise State Broncos
MWC champions Las Vegas Bowl

Bowl-eligible teams[edit]

Number of teams going to bowl games: 78

Number of bowl-eligible teams: 81

In mid-December multiple media sources reported that Florida State might not have met its bowl eligibility requirements. The team had a record of 6–6, with one of the wins – their 77–6 victory over Delaware State – against an FCS team. For such a game to count towards bowl eligibility, the FCS opponent must have used at least 90 percent of its allotted scholarships, and it was not clear that Delaware State had done so.[10] But a few days later the Florida State administration issued a statement saying that Delaware State did in fact meet that threshold, once non-athletic scholarship funds were factored in.[11]

Bowl-eligible teams that did not receive a berth[edit]

As there are more bowl-eligible teams than bowl berths, three bowl-eligible teams did not receive a bowl berth:

Bowl-ineligible teams[edit]

  1. ^ Despite winning six games for a .500 (6–6) regular-season record, Ole Miss is bowl-ineligible due to a self-imposed bowl ban.[12]
  2. ^ Coastal Carolina is in the second year of its two-year transition from FCS to FBS and is bowl-ineligible due to NCAA regulations, but would have been ineligible based on record in any case.

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 49


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