College Football Playoff
Jerry Palm's Playoff Projection
CBS Sports bowl expert Jerry Palm picks the teams he feels will comprise the national semifinals at the end of the season along with bowl projections for every single game.
Ohio State logoNo. 2 Ohio State
Penn State logoNo. 3 Penn State
Alabama logoNo. 1 Alabama
Clemson logoNo. 4 Clemson
College Football Playoff
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Championship Bowl Jan. 8 Atlanta, Ga. Semifinal winners TBD
Rose Bowl Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. CFP Semifinal Ohio State vs. Penn State
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 New Orleans, La. CFP Semifinal Alabama vs. Clemson
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Peach Bowl Jan. 1 Atlanta, Ga. at-large vs. at-large TCU vs. South Florida
Orange Bowl Dec. 30 Miami, Fla. ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND Miami (FL) vs. Georgia
Fiesta Bowl Dec. 30 Glendale, Ariz. at-large vs. at-large USC vs. Okla. State
Cotton Bowl Dec. 29 Arlington, Tex. At-large vs. At-large Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin
Other Bowl Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan State vs. Auburn
Outback Bowl Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Purdue vs. LSU
Liberty Bowl Dec. 30 Memphis, Tenn. Big 12 vs. SEC Kansas State vs. Miss. State
TaxSlayer Bowl Dec. 30 Jacksonville, Fla. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC N.C. State vs. Florida
Arizona Bowl Dec. 29 Tucson, Ariz. Mountain West vs. Sun Belt Middle Tenn.+ vs. New Mexico State
Music City Bowl Dec. 29 Nashville, Tenn. ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC Northwestern vs. Kentucky
Sun Bowl Dec. 29 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Louisville vs. Wash. State
Belk Bowl Dec. 29 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Florida State vs. South Carolina
Holiday Bowl Dec. 28 San Diego, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Michigan vs. Utah
Alamo Bowl Dec. 28 San Antonio, Tex. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 West Virginia vs. Washington
Camping World Bowl Dec. 28 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 Virginia Tech vs. Texas Tech
Military Bowl Dec. 28 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American Georgia Tech vs. Navy
Texas Bowl Dec. 27 Houston, Tex. Big 12 vs. SEC Texas vs. Texas A&M
Foster Farms Bowl Dec. 27 Santa Clara, Calif. Big Ten vs. Pac-12 BYU+ vs. Stanford
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Notre Dame vs. Iowa
Independence Bowl Dec. 27 Shreveport, La. SEC vs. ACC Oregon+ vs. Syracuse
Cactus Bowl Dec. 26 Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 North Texas+ vs. Arizona
Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten Wake Forest vs. C. Michigan+
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 26 Dallas, Tex. Big 12 vs. C-USA Colorado+ vs. Indiana
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii American vs. Mountain West SMU vs. Colorado State
Dollar General Bowl Dec. 23 Mobile, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. Ark. State
Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 23 Fort Worth, Tex. Big Ten vs. Army W. Kentucky vs. Army
Birmingham Bowl Dec. 23 Birmingham, Ala. American vs. SEC UCF vs. Tennessee
Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 22 Boise, Idaho MAC vs. Mountain West N. Illinois vs. Wyoming
Bahamas Bowl Dec. 22 Nassau, Bahamas C-USA vs. MAC Texas-San Antonio vs. W. Michigan
St. Petersburg Bowl Dec. 21 St. Petersburg, Fla. American vs C-USA Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Frisco Bowl Dec. 20 Dallas, Tex. American vs. C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt Houston vs. Ohio
Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 19 Boca Raton, Fla. American vs. C-USA Virginia+ vs. Marshall
Camellia Bowl Dec. 16 Montgomery, Ala. MAC vs. Sun Belt Miami (OH) vs. Troy
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 16 Albuquerque, N.M. C-USA vs. Mountain West Louisiana Tech vs. Boise State
Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 16 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West vs. Pac-12 San Diego State vs. UCLA
Cure Bowl Dec. 16 Orlando, Fla. American vs. Sun Belt Duke+ vs. UAB+
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 16 New Orleans, La. C-USA vs. Sun Belt Southern Mississippi vs. Appalachian State

+ - Replacement team. * - Teams have accepted bid. The highest rated champion of the Group of Five conferences (American Athletic Conference, MAC, Mountain West, Conference-USA and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in one of the Selection Committee Bowl Games. If Army is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Armed Forces Bowl.