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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more reports.

Welcome to the College Football Playoff, TCU.

The Horned frogs It went from light splashing along the edge of the CFP to diving into the deep end this week. TCU removed any doubt of its status as a playoff contender with a narrow win over it Texas. In this week’s forecast, The Horned Frogs entered the top four with OregonIt jumped past Tennessee on the #3 hole.

for the second consecutive week, Georgia still number 1, Michigan No. 2 Tennessee and No. 4 Tennessee. Few teams circling the playoff wading pool like the Hungry Sharks include the would-be Pac-12 champ USCan anticipated Big Ten runner-up Ohio State and SEC West champion LSU.

Pennsylvania state He edged out projected Pac-12 runner-up Oregon State as the sixth in the final freshman year at the Cotton Bowl. UCF He replaced Tulane as the top five champion.

Some other notes:

  • If Penn State jumps out against a top SEC team that isn’t destined for the playoffs or the Sugar Bowl, the Nittany Lions will play in the Orange Bowl. This would give the Big Ten’s ReliaQuest (formerly Outback) spot to the ACC.
  • 64 teams are eligible for 82 spots. With two weeks left in the regular season, we expect 83 qualified teams.


  • Most dishes do not have to choose in strict order of conference arrangement. “Big 12 No. 3” means the third option, Not Third place. The SEC office plays matchmaker to its vessels and schools.
  • Notre Dame Can fill in one of the ACC pot spots.
  • ESPN Events owns and operates 16 of the 41 FBS bowls, most of which relate to the Group 5 conference. They have latitude for moving teams to create interesting encounters. One we came up with: the Birmingham Bowl Tulane And the Coastal Carolina.
  • The Bowls’ priorities range from television audiences to increasing attendance. A team like Texas can generate great ratings, but a passionate fan base like Kansas can flock to a site in droves and help boost ticket sales and the local economy.
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All times are oriental.

Six New Year’s

Plate Date Team city Inspection


December 30th

Clemson (ACC) vs. Alabama (SEC/B1G/ND)


8 p.m. EST


December 31st

Kansas State (Big 12) vs. LSU (SEC)

New Orleans

noon, ESPN


December 31st

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU

Glendale, Ariz.

4 p.m. / 8 p.m. EST


December 31st

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Tennessee


4 p.m. / 8 p.m. EST


Jan 2

Penn State (Overall) vs. UCF (Overall/G5)

Arlington, Texas

1 p.m. EST

Has risen

Jan 2

Ohio State (B1G) vs. USC (Pac-12)

Pasadena, California.

5 p.m. EST

remaining vessels

Plate Date difference your location Inspection


December 16th

Eastern Michigan (MAC) vs. Western Kentucky (C-USA)

Nassau, Bahamas

11:30 a.m. EST


December 16th

South Alabama (ESPN) – Toledo (AAC)

Orlando, Florida.

3 p.m. EST


December 17th

Syracuse (ACC No. 9) vs. Memphis* (AAC)


11 a.m. EST

New Mexico

December 17th

San Jose State (MWC) vs. BYU (ESPN)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

2:15 p.m. EST

LA Bowl

December 17th

Washington State (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. Boise State (MWC No. 1)

Englewood, California.

3:30 p.m. ABC


December 17th

Appalachian State (Sun Belt #5) vs. Wyoming* (C-USA/MAC)

Mobile, Ala.

5:45 p.m. EST


December 17th

Oregon (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Arkansas (SEC Nos.3-8)

Las vigas

7:30 p.m. ABC


December 17th

Texas Tech (ESPN) vs. Oregon State (ESPN)

Frisco, Texas

9:15 p.m. EST

Myrtle Beach

December 19th

Rice (ESPN) vs. Southern Miss (ESPN)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2:30 p.m. EST

Idaho potatoes

December 20th

Fresno State (MWC) vs Central Michigan (MAC)

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. EST

Boca Raton

December 20th

FAU (ESPN) vs. Miami – Ohio (ESPN)

Boca Raton, Florida.

7:30 p.m. EST

New Orleans

December 21st

Troy (Sun Belt No. 2) vs. Middle Tennessee (Mid-America).

New Orleans

8 p.m. EST

Armed forces

December 22nd

Air Force (ESPN) vs. SMU (AAC)

Fort Worth, Texas

7:30 p.m. EST


Dec 23rd

Louisiana* (Army) vs. Houston (AAC)

Shreveport, no.

3 p.m. EST


Dec 23rd

Connecticut (ESPN) vs. North Carolina State (ESPN)

Tampa, Florida.

6:30 p.m. EST


December 24th



8 p.m. EST

quick lane

December 26th

Michigan State (#8 Big Ten) vs. Buffalo (MAC)


2:30 p.m. EST


December 27th

North Texas (ESPN) – Marshall (ESPN)

Montgomery, Ala.

ESPN noun

first responder

December 27th

Liberty (ESPN) vs. UTSA (ESPN)

University Park, Texas

3:15 PM / 6:45 PM EST


December 27th

Tulane (AAC) vs. Coastal Carolina* (SEC No. 9)

Birmingham, Ala.

3:15 PM / 6:45 PM EST

Guaranteed rate

December 27th

Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Baylor (Big 12 No. 6)


10:15 p.m. EST


December 28th

East Carolina (AAC) vs. Louisville (ACC #8)

Annapolis, Maryland.

2 p.m. EST


December 28th

Kansas (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Cincinnati* (SEC Nos.3-8)

Memphis, Tenn.

5:30 p.m. EST


December 28th

Notre Dame (ACC Nos. 2-4) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 4)

San Diego

8 p.m. Fox


December 28th

Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Mississippi State (SEC Nos.3-8)


9 p.m. EST

Pencil case

December 29th

Minnesota (Big Ten No. 5) vs. Pittsburgh (ACC Nos.5-7)

Bronx, New York

2 p.m. EST

cheese it

December 29th

Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Florida State (ACC Nos.2-4)

Orlando, Florida.

5:30 p.m. EST


December 29th

Texas (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Washington (Pac 12 No. 2)

San Antonio, Texas

9 p.m. EST

May Duke

December 30th

Maryland (Big Ten No. 6) vs. Duke (ACC Nos.5-7)

Charlotte, NC

ESPN noun


December 30th

Wake Forest (ACC Nos.5-7) vs. Utah (Pac-12 No.5)

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. CBS


December 30th

North Carolina (ACC Nos.2-4) vs. Florida (SEC Nos.3-8)

Jacksonville, Florida.

3:30 p.m. EST


December 30th

San Diego State (MWC) vs Ohio (MAC)

Tucson, Arizona.

4:30 p.m. Barstool

Music City

December 31st

Illinois (Big Ten No. 4) vs. Kentucky (SEC Nos.3-8)


ABC noon

Rela Quest

Jan 2

Iowa (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC Nos.3-8)

Tampa, Florida.

noon ESPN2

citrus fruits

Jan 2

Purdue (Big Ten No. 2) vs. All Miss (SEC No. 2)

Orlando, Florida.

1 p.m. ABC

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(The top photo is of a TCU QB Max Dugan(: Ben Quinn/USA Today)