Navy makes push for Cotton Bowl bid

Posted at 8:32 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 20:32:25-05

After Navy's 75-31 win at SMU, the College Football Playoff's selection committee might have to wait a week to fill its New Year's Six bowl slots.

The highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of Five gets a berth in a New Year's Six Bowl. This year it will be the Cotton Bowl. 

Western Michigan, which was ranked No. 21 last week, completed a 12-0 regular season Friday. The Broncos will face Ohio Dec.2 in the Mid-American Conference championship game. If they win, the Broncos will likely be the pick for the Cotton Bowl. 

The Midshipmen (9-2) were ranked No. 25 last week. They play Temple Dec. 3 for the American Athletic Conference championship. They finish the season Dec. 10 against Army at M&T Bank Stadium, which, by rule, could push the selection committee back a week. 

“If on Sunday the committee believes the Army-Navy result would affect Navy’s selection, then we will wait,” said Bill Hancock, the Playoff ’s executive director.

If the selection committee is inclined to wait, all the other New Year's Six pairing would be released on schedule Sunday and the other half of the Cotton Bowl. Then the selection committee would reconvene in a conference call Dec. 10 after the Army-Navy game to determine which Group of Five champion should be higher ranked.

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