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