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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, Texas At-Large vs. At-Large Georgia 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. Wisconsin
Peach Bowl Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. At-Large vs. At-Large South Carolina 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. SEC vs. American Memphis vs. Lousiana Tech*
Cactus Bowl Jan. 2 Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State
TaxSlayer Bowl Jan. 2 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan vs. Florida
Alamo Bowl Jan. 2 San Antonio, Texas Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Baylor vs. Stanford
Armed Forces Bowl Jan. 2 Fort Worth, Texas American vs. Army Houston vs. Ohio*
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Ohio State vs. LSU
Detroit Bowl Dec. 30 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten N.C. State vs. Troy*
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Louisville vs. Missouri
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. Mississippi State
Texas Bowl Dec. 29 Houston, Texas Big 12 vs. SEC Texas vs. La.-Monroe
Liberty Bowl Dec. 29 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC TCU vs. Ole Miss
Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Virginia Tech vs. Kansas State
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Iowa vs. USC
Sun Bowl Dec. 27 El Paso, Texas ACC vs. Pac-12 Notre Dame* vs. Washington
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 Bronx, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. ACC vs. SEC Miami (Fla.) vs. Texas Tech*
Military Bowl Dec. 27 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American North Carolina vs. Tulsa
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Texas Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA Minnesota vs. Marshall
Bitcoin Bowl Dec. 26 St. Petersburg, Fla. ACC vs. American Boston College vs. UCF
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
Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 23 Boca Raton, Fla. C-USA vs. MAC Middle Tennessee vs. Buffalo
Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. Navy Fresno State vs. Navy
Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 22 Miami, Fla. American vs. BYU East Carolina vs. Brigham Young
Camellia Bowl Dec. 20 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. Arkansas State
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 20 Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. C-USA Utah State vs. Rice
Royal Purple Bowl Dec. 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Boise State vs. Arizona
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 20 Boise, Idaho Mopuntain West vs. MAC Nevada vs. Northen Illinois
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 20 New Orleans, La. Sun Belt vs. Mountain West UL-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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