New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, La., ESPN, 11 a.m.
New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Utah State, Albuquerque, N.M., ESPN, 2:20 p.m.
Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah, Las Vegas, 3:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Air Force, Boise, Idaho, ESPN, 5:45 p.m.
Camellia Bowl: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama, Montgomery, Ala., ESPN, 9:15 p.m.
Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Memphis, Miami, ESPN, 2 p.m.
Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, Boca Raton, Fla., ESPN, 6 p.m.
Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State, San Diego, ESPN, 9:30 p.m.
Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN, Noon
Hawaii Bowl: Rice vs. Fresno State, Honolulu, ESPN, 8 p.m.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Dallas, ESPN, 1 p.m.
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Well, the latest rankings experiment has more or less concluded. So I won’t beat that horse here. But how would a 16 team tournament really look in a more practical world? So as a fun cross check, I messed around a bit:
- I aggregated three publicly available rankings. Kenneth Massey and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer ratings along with the AP Poll. Normalizing, racking and stacking them – you get something like this – I only rank the top contenders and the conference champs to get to a list of contenders for the national title (scale 0 to 1):
- Alabama – 1.000
- Oregon – 0.966
- TCU – 0.899
- Ohio State – 0.892
- Florida State – 0.877
- Baylor – 0.873
- Mississippi State – 0.830
- Michigan State – 0.815
- Ole Miss – 0.812
- Kansas State – 0.732
- Georgia – 0.731
- Georgia Tech – 0.694
- Arizona – 0.673
- Auburn – 0.663
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