7, here's a look at the 2018-19 college football bowl lineup and playoff schedule.
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic No. 3 Notre Dame 3 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma 34 Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida New Mexico Bowl Presented by Progressive Utah State 52, North Texas 13 Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium Albuquerque, N. Auto Nation Cure Bowl Tulane 41, Louisiana 24 Camping World Stadium Orlando Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas Jared Birmingham Bowl Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34 Legion Field Birmingham, Ala.
That’s a big draw of a team, but lots of other teams in its proximity had more exciting seasons. As always, remember bowl bids are not based on merit.
A few conferences have rules that prevent bowls from taking teams with clearly lesser records over more deserving teams, but bowls mostly care about butts in seats.
Georgia remained in the debate, like it or not, after being the first team all year to nearly beat Alabama.
I expected the committee would drop UGA, rather than snubbing two Power 5 conferences to put in the first-ever two-loss team (which did also lose a blowout to LSU). 1 seed is usually determined by proximity to campus, though the committee elected to give Bama the Orange, since it’s much further from Oklahoma’s campus. We knew these four teams would be playing each other. The teams met in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, which the Wolverines won 41-7, and Michigan also defeated the Gators 33-17 in the 2017 regular season opener. Michigan (10-2) and Florida (9-3), which have only played each other four times in their histories, will play in a bowl game for the second time in the past three seasons.Each week, I update a board of projected winners for every FBS game, tally up records, and guess what the Playoff committee and bowl committees would do with the results. The fourth spot was expected to come down to Ohio State or Oklahoma.Things get closer and closer to eventual accuracy, but more importantly, it’s some weekly fun! I’ll update as needed throughout college football’s final Saturday before Selection Sunday. I think OU probably has the better case there, but ...One thing that makes predictions really difficult for the rest of these games: some of them start wheeling and dealing conference ties, often via ESPN.I abide by the rules, but on Selection Sunday, a lot of rules go out the window. For updated matchups, go to the bowl calendar over here, which is being filled in throughout Selection Sunday. I can’t find spots for EMU, Miami (Ohio), ULM, or Wyoming, thanks in part to Virginia Tech now taking a spot.However, Georgia won the most recent matchup in the 1984 Cotton Bowl.Thousands benefit annually from the millions of dollars the Orange Bowl has invested in support of youth sports.The Buckeyes (12-1) just missed the playoff behind No. Washington triumphed over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game to earn its berth in the Rose Bowl. Georgia (11-2), the SEC runner-up to Alabama, will conclude the New Year's Day action in a clash with Texas.The Sugar Bowl will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.