Florida enters the Outback Bowl in a funk, coming off two blowout losses to rivals, while Iowa ended the regular season by winning three straight.
The Big Ten enjoyed its status as the best conference in the country in 2016. Bowl season offers the chance to keep that title going into 2017.
The Music City Bowl features a matchup of two teams with much to prove after both started out the season red hot but faded down the stretch.
Motivation could be key for both, with Indiana dealing with coach Kevin Wilson's resignation and Utah having to overcome two costly late-season losses.
Temple will come into Annapolis on a seven-game winning streak to take on Wake Forest, which lost two of its final eight games, in the Military Bowl.
James Flanders and the Golden Hurricanes can post a 10-win season with a victory; the Chippewas wouldn't be here without the upset of Oklahoma State.
AP Top 25
|RK||Team||Rec||Pts||Trend||Last Week||Next Week|
|1||AlabamaALA(61)||11-0||1525||—||vs Chattanooga W 31-3||vs #16 Auburn W 30-12|
|2||Ohio StateOSU||10-1||1455||—||@ Michigan State W 17-16||vs #3 Michigan W 30-27|
|3||MichiganMICH||10-1||1370||1||vs Indiana W 20-10||@ #2 Ohio State L 30-27|
|4||ClemsonCLEM||10-1||1347||1||@ Wake Forest W 35-13||vs South Carolina W 56-7|
|5||WisconsinWIS||9-2||1255||1||@ Purdue W 49-20||vs Minnesota W 31-17|
|6||WashingtonWASH||10-1||1220||1||vs Arizona State W 44-18||@ #23 Washington State W 45-17|
|7||OklahomaOKLA||9-2||1169||1||@ #10 West Virginia W 56-28||—|
|8||Penn StatePSU||9-2||1091||1||@ Rutgers W 39-0||vs Michigan State W 45-12|
|9||ColoradoCOLO||9-2||997||3||vs #20 Washington State W 38-24||vs #21 Utah W 27-22|
|10||Oklahoma StateOKST||9-2||868||3||@ TCU W 31-6||—|
|11||LouisvilleLOU||9-2||830||8||@ Houston L 36-10||vs Kentucky L 41-38|
|12||USCUSC||8-3||811||3||@ UCLA W 36-14||vs Notre Dame W 45-27|
|13||FloridaFLA||8-2||703||8||@ #16 LSU W 16-10||@ #15 Florida State L 31-13|
|14||Western MichiganWMU||11-0||701||—||vs Buffalo W 38-0||vs Toledo W 55-35|
|15||Florida StateFSU||8-3||661||2||@ Syracuse W 45-14||vs #13 Florida W 31-13|
|16||AuburnAUB||8-3||613||2||vs Alabama A&M W 55-0||@ #1 Alabama L 30-12|
|17||NebraskaNEB||9-2||593||2||vs Maryland W 28-7||@ Iowa L 40-10|
|18||HoustonHOU||9-2||490||NR||vs #3 Louisville W 36-10||@ Memphis L 48-44|
|19||West VirginiaWVU||8-2||448||9||vs #8 Oklahoma L 56-28||@ Iowa State W 49-19|
|20||Boise StateBSU||10-1||389||2||vs UNLV W 42-25||@ Air Force L 27-20|
|21||UtahUTAH||8-3||280||10||vs Oregon L 30-28||@ #9 Colorado L 27-22|
|22||Texas A&MTA&M||8-3||253||1||vs Texas San Antonio W 23-10||vs #25 LSU L 54-39|
|23||Washington StateWSU||8-3||186||3||@ #12 Colorado L 38-24||vs #6 Washington L 45-17|
|24||TennesseeTENN||8-3||133||NR||vs Missouri W 63-37||@ Vanderbilt L 45-34|
|25||LSULSU||6-4||84||9||vs #21 Florida L 16-10||@ #22 Texas A&M W 54-39|
Dropped from rankings: San Diego State 24, Troy 25
Others receiving votes: Stanford 81, Virginia Tech 77, Navy 62, North Carolina 55, South Florida 24, Pittsburgh 24, Arkansas 10, Iowa 7, Troy 6, Minnesota 5, Temple 1, Wyoming 1