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College Football Playoff
Jerry Palm's Playoff Projection
The four-team College Football Playoff enters its second season with everyone nipping on the heels of Ohio State as it looks to defend its 2015 title. CBS Sports bowl expert Jerry Palm breaks down his preseason bowl projections.
TCU logoNo. 2 TCU
Auburn logoNo. 3 Auburn
Ohio State logoNo. 1 Ohio State
Clemson logoNo. 4 Clemson
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College Football Playoff
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Championship Bowl Jan. 12 Glendale, Arizona Semifinal winners TBD
Cotton Bowl Dec. 31 Arlington, Tex. Semifinal TCU vs. Auburn
Orange Bowl Dec. 31 Miami, Fla. Semifinal Ohio State vs. Clemson
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 New Orleans, La. Big 12 vs SEC Baylor vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Big Ten vs Pac-12 Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 Glendale, Ariz. At-Large vs. At-Large USC vs. Boise State
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. At-Large vs. At-Large Florida State vs. Michigan State
Other Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Cactus Bowl Jan. 2 Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Texas vs. Boston College+
Alamo Bowl Jan. 2 San Antonio, Tex. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Oklahoma vs. Stanford
Liberty Bowl Jan. 2 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC Kansas State vs. Miss. State
TaxSlayer Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Penn State vs. Georgia
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan vs. LSU
Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Iowa vs. Arizona State
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Louisville vs. Missouri
Belk Bowl Dec. 30 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Duke vs. Tennessee
Birmingham Bowl Dec. 30 Birmingham, Ala. American vs. SEC Cincinnati vs. Arkansas
Texas Bowl Dec. 29 Houston, Tex. Big 12 vs. SEC Okla. State vs. Texas A&M
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Notre Dame vs. West Virginia
Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 29 Fort Worth, Tex. Big Ten vs. Mountain West UCF vs. Air Force
Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 28 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten N.C. State vs. Buffalo+
Military Bowl Dec. 28 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American North Carolina vs. Navy
Foster Farms Bowl Dec. 26 Santa Clara, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Minnesota vs. UCLA
Independence Bowl Dec. 26 Shreveport, La. SEC vs. ACC Florida vs. Pittsburgh
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 26 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina+
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA Northwestern vs. W. Kentucky
Sun Bowl Dec. 26 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Georgia Tech vs. Arizona
St. Petersburg Bowl Dec. 26 St. Petersburg, Fla. American vs C-USA Houston vs. Marshall
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii American vs. Mountain West/BYU Ohio+ vs. BYU+
Bahamas Bowl Dec. 24 Nassau, Bahamas C-USA vs. MAC Louisiana Tech vs. Bowling Green
GoDaddy.com Bowl Dec. 23 Mobile, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt N. Illinois vs. Appalachian State
Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. Army Utah State vs. Texas State+
Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 22 Boca Raton, Fla. American vs. MAC Memphis vs. W. Michigan
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 22 Boise, Idaho MAC vs. Mountain West Akron vs. Troy+
Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 21 Miami, Fla. American vs. C-USA East Carolina vs. Middle Tenn.
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 19 New Orleans, La. Mountain West vs. Sun Belt Southern Mississippi vs. UL Lafayette
Camellia Bowl Dec. 19 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. Georgia Southern
Royal Purple Bowl Dec. 19 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West/BYU vs. Pac-12 San Diego State vs. Utah
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 19 Albuquerque, N.M. C-USA vs. Mountain West Rice vs. Colorado State
Cure Bowl Dec. 19 Orlando, Fla. American vs. Sun Belt Temple vs. Ark. State

+ - 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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