Final College Football Playoff & bowl projections, with updated schedule
It’s Selection Sunday. Check back right here for an updated look at the postseason picture as matchups become official. The College Football Playoff’s four teams should be set by 1 p.m. ET.
The inaugural College Football Playoff’s field is three-fourths set. We know Alabama and Oregon will be the top two seeds. We know the Tide will host in Nola and the Ducks are going to Pasadena. We know Florida State’s in. And we know the fourth spot’s either Baylor, Ohio State, or TCU.
We’ve also got an idea of how the rest of bowl season shakes out. The committee’s expected rankings, each bowl’s conference ties, and a notion of how college football works can get you close to guessing how December and January will look.
As for the big question, it’ll be close. TCU already ranked No. 3 and beat Iowa State by 52 points. Baylor added a ranked win over Kansas State and could finally get head-to-head credit over the Frogs.
But I think it’s the Buckeyes. Ohio State will have beaten as many ranked teams as Baylor did and one more than TCU did, and OSU’s were away from home by multiple scores. OSU played 10 bowl teams in 13 games, compared to TCU’s seven in 12 and Baylor’s six in 12. And Saturday, Ohio State beat former No. 13 Wisconsin, 59-0.
I’ve spared you the conference orders and so forth, but if you’re interested, those are now in the comments here. This page will be updated throughout Sunday.
*: Filling another conference’s spot
|Rose||No. 1 Oregon||No. 4 Ohio State||1/1/2015||Pasadena, CA|
|Sugar||No. 2 Alabama||No. 3 Florida State||1/1/2015||New Orleans, LA|
|New Year’s bowl||Date||Location|
|Cotton||Baylor||Ole Miss||1/1/2015||Arlington, TX|
|Fiesta||Boise State||Arizona||12/31/2014||Glendale, AZ|
|Orange||Georgia Tech||Michigan State||12/31/2014||Miami, FL|
|Peach||TCU||Mississippi State||12/31/2014||Atlanta, GA|
|GoDaddy||Northern Illinois||Arkansas State||1/4/2015||Mobile, AL|
|Birmingham||Memphis||Texas A&M||1/3/2015||Birmingham, AL|
|Alamo||Kansas State||UCLA||1/2/2015||San Antonio, TX|
|Armed Forces||Houston||Texas State*||1/2/2015||Fort Worth, TX|
|Cactus||Oklahoma State||Washington||1/2/2015||Tempe, AZ|
|TaxSlayer||Maryland||South Carolina||1/2/2015||Jacksonville, FL|
|Belk||NC State||Georgia||12/30/2014||Charlotte, NC|
|Music City||Notre Dame||Tennessee||12/30/2014||Nashville, TN|
|Foster Farms||Nebraska||Stanford||12/30/2014||Santa Clara, CA|
|Liberty||West Virginia||Arkansas||12/29/2014||Memphis, TN|
|Russell Athletic||Clemson||Oklahoma||12/29/2014||Orlando, FL|
|Holiday||Minnesota||USC||12/27/2014||San Diego, CA|
|Military||Cincinnati||Virginia Tech||12/27/2014||Annapolis, MD|
|Pinstripe||Duke||Penn State||12/27/2014||New York, NY|
|Sun||Boston College||Arizona State||12/27/2014||El Paso, TX|
|Bitcoin||UCF||Pitt||12/26/2014||St. Petersburg, FL|
|Quick Lane||North Carolina||Iowa||12/26/2014||Detroit, MI|
|Heart of Dallas||Rutgers||Louisiana Tech||12/26/2014||Dallas, TX|
|Bahamas||Marshall||Western Michigan||12/24/2014||Nassau, BS|
|Hawaii||Rice||Fresno State||12/24/2014||Honolulu, HI|
|Boca||Western Kentucky||Central Michigan||12/23/2014||Boca Raton, FL|
|Poinsettia||San Diego State||Navy||12/23/2014||San Diego, CA|
|Miami Beach||East Carolina||BYU||12/22/2014||Miami, FL|
|Camelia||Bowling Green||South Alabama||12/20/2014||Montgomery, AL|
|Las Vegas||Colorado State||Utah||12/20/2014||Las Vegas, NV|
|New Mexico||UTEP||Utah State||12/20/2014||Albuquerque, NM|
|New Orleans||Louisiana-Lafayette||Air Force||12/20/2014||New Orleans, LA|