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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
Baylor logoNo. 4 Baylor
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. Baylor
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 TCU vs. Ohio State
Orange Bowl Dec. 31 Miami, Fla. ACC vs SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame Duke vs. Ole Miss
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31 Glendale, Ariz. At-Large vs At-Large Miss. State vs. Michigan State
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. At-Large vs. At-Large Georgia vs. Marshall
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 East Carolina vs. Akron*
Cactus Bowl Jan. 2 Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Temple* vs. Washington
Alamo Bowl Jan. 2 San Antonio, Tex. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Kansas State vs. Arizona
TaxSlayer Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Minnesota vs. Missouri
Armed Forces Bowl Jan. 2 Fort Worth, Tex. American vs. Army Houston vs. Stanford*
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Maryland vs. Auburn
San Francisco Bowl Dec. 30 Santa Clara, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Iowa vs. Arizona State
Belk Bowl Dec. 30 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Notre Dame vs. Florida
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Louisville vs. Tennessee
Texas Bowl Dec. 29 Houston, Tex. Big 12 vs. SEC West Virginia vs. LSU
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Clemson vs. Oklahoma
Liberty Bowl Dec. 29 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC Texas vs. South Carolina
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Nebraska vs. UCLA
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Georgia Tech vs. Penn State
Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. SEC vs. ACC South Alabama* vs. North Carolina
Sun Bowl Dec. 27 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Miami (FL) vs. USC
Military Bowl Dec. 27 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American Boston College vs. Cincinnati
Bitcoin Bowl Dec. 26 St. Petersburg, Fla. ACC vs. American Virginia Tech vs. UCF
Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten N.C. State vs. Ohio*
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA Rutgers vs. Louisiana Tech
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Mountain West vs. C-USA Nevada vs. Texas-El Paso
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 UAB vs. C. Michigan
Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 22 Miami, Fla. American vs. BYU Memphis vs. BYU
Camellia Bowl Dec. 20 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. Texas State
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 20 Boise, Idaho MAC vs. Mountain West Bowling Green vs. Air Force
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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