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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.
Florida State logoNo. 1 Florida State
Michigan State logoNo. 4 Michigan State
Ole Miss logoNo. 2 Ole Miss
Alabama logoNo. 3 Alabama
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 Florida State vs. Michigan State
Rose Bowl Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Semifinal Ole Miss vs. Alabama
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Cotton Bowl Jan. 1 Arlington, Tex. At-Large vs. At-Large TCU vs. UCLA
Orange Bowl Dec. 31 Miami, Fla. ACC vs SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame Clemson vs. Miss. State
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 Glendale, Ariz. At-Large vs At-Large Oregon vs. Nebraska
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. At-Large vs. At-Large Georgia vs. East Carolina
Other Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan. 4 Mobile, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt N. Illinois vs. UL Lafayette
Birmingham Bowl Jan. 3 Birmingham, Ala. American vs. SEC Bowling Green* vs. Texas State*
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 Oklahoma vs. Arizona
TaxSlayer Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Maryland vs. LSU
Armed Forces Bowl Jan. 2 Fort Worth, Tex. American vs. Army Houston vs. Air Force*
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Ohio State vs. Auburn
San Francisco Bowl Dec. 30 Santa Clara, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Minnesota vs. Arizona State
Belk Bowl Dec. 30 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
Texas Bowl Dec. 29 Houston, Tex. Big 12 vs. SEC Kansas State vs. Oregon State*
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Duke vs. Baylor
Liberty Bowl Dec. 29 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Penn State vs. USC
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Georgia Tech vs. Rutgers
Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. SEC vs. ACC North Texas* vs. North Carolina
Sun Bowl Dec. 27 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Louisville vs. Stanford
Military Bowl Dec. 27 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American Miami (FL) vs. Memphis
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 Boston College vs. Ohio*
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA Iowa vs. Marshall
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Mountain West vs. C-USA Nevada vs. UAB
Bahamas Bowl Dec. 24 Nassau, Bahamas C-USA vs. MAC Middle Tenn. vs. W. Michigan
Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. Navy Colorado State vs. Navy
Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 23 Boca Raton, Fla. C-USA vs. MAC Louisiana Tech vs. C. Michigan
Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 22 Miami, Fla. American vs. BYU Cincinnati vs. BYU
Camellia Bowl Dec. 20 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. South Alabama
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 20 Boise, Idaho MAC vs. Mountain West Akron vs. Fresno State
Royal Purple Bowl Dec. 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Boise State vs. Utah
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 20 Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. C-USA Utah State vs. Rice
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 20 New Orleans, La. Sun Belt vs. Mountain West Ark. State vs. San Diego State

* - Replacement team. 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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