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College Football Playoff
Jerry Palm's Playoff Projection
This season, college football enters a new four-team playoff era. The format is the best four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a championship game played in a different city. Dennis Dodd breaks down how it will all work.
Alabama* logoNo. 1 Alabama*
Ohio State* logoNo. 4 Ohio State*
Oregon* logoNo. 2 Oregon*
Florida State* logoNo. 3 Florida State*
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College Football Playoff
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Championship Bowl Jan. 12 Arlington, Texas Semifinal winners TBD
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 New Orleans, La. Semifinal Alabama* vs. Ohio State*
Rose Bowl Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Semifinal Oregon* vs. Florida State*
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Cotton Bowl Jan. 1 Arlington, Tex. At-Large vs. At-Large Baylor* vs. Michigan State*
Orange Bowl Dec. 31 Miami, Fla. ACC vs SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame Georgia Tech* vs. Miss. State*
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 Glendale, Ariz. At-Large vs At-Large Arizona* vs. Boise State*
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. At-Large vs. At-Large TCU* vs. Ole Miss*
Other Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan. 4 Mobile, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo* vs. Ark. State*
Birmingham Bowl Jan. 3 Birmingham, Ala. American vs. SEC East Carolina* vs. Florida*
Cactus Bowl Jan. 2 Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Okla. State* vs. Washington*
Alamo Bowl Jan. 2 San Antonio, Tex. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Kansas State* vs. UCLA*
TaxSlayer Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Iowa* vs. Tennessee*
Armed Forces Bowl Jan. 2 Fort Worth, Tex. American vs. Army Houston* vs. Pittsburgh*+
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin* vs. Auburn*
Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Minnesota* vs. Missouri*
Foster Farms Bowl Dec. 30 Santa Clara, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Maryland* vs. Stanford*
Belk Bowl Dec. 30 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Louisville* vs. Georgia*
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Notre Dame* vs. LSU*
Texas Bowl Dec. 29 Houston, Tex. Big 12 vs. SEC Texas* vs. Arkansas*
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Clemson* vs. Oklahoma*
Liberty Bowl Dec. 29 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC West Virginia* vs. Texas A&M*
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Nebraska* vs. USC*
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Boston College* vs. Penn State*
Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. SEC vs. ACC South Carolina* vs. Miami (FL)*
Sun Bowl Dec. 27 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Duke* vs. Arizona State*
Military Bowl Dec. 27 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American Virginia Tech* vs. Cincinnati*
Bitcoin Bowl Dec. 26 St. Petersburg, Fla. ACC vs. American N.C. State* vs. UCF*
Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten North Carolina* vs. Rutgers*
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA Illinois* vs. Louisiana Tech*
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Mountain West vs. C-USA Fresno State* vs. Rice*
Bahamas Bowl Dec. 24 Nassau, Bahamas C-USA vs. MAC W. Kentucky* vs. C. Michigan*
Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. Navy San Diego State* vs. Navy*
Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 23 Boca Raton, Fla. C-USA vs. MAC Marshall* vs. N. Illinois*
Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 22 Miami, Fla. American vs. BYU Memphis* vs. BYU*
Camellia Bowl Dec. 20 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Bowling Green* vs. South Alabama*
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 20 Boise, Idaho MAC vs. Mountain West W. Michigan* vs. Air Force*
Royal Purple Bowl Dec. 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Colorado State* vs. Utah*
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 20 Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. C-USA Utah State* vs. Texas-El Paso*
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 20 New Orleans, La. Sun Belt vs. Mountain West UL Lafayette* vs. Nevada*

+ - Replacement team. * - Teams have accepted bid. One member of the Group of Five (American Athletic Conference, MAC, Mountain West, Conference-USA and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl. If Army is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Armed Forces Bowl. If Navy is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Poinsettia Bowl. If BYU is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Miami Beach Bowl.

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