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College football bowl projections after Week 13: Notre Dame, Clemson are Playoff-bound

Clemson and Notre Dame are both in the College Football Playoff — at least for now.

Sporting News’ bowl projections after Week 13 have both the Tigers and Fighting Irish in the four-team Playoff as they move toward a possible rematch in the ACC championship game.

Notre Dame (9-0) and Clemson (8-1) make up half the field. Alabama (8-0) and Ohio State (4-0) are as well, despite the latter’s uncertainty regarding its eligibility to make the Big Ten championship.

As long as those teams win, they’re in.

MORE: College Football Playoff Picture

This season’s semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and the Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

With that in mind, here are Sporting News’ picks for the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 heading into Week 14:

College football bowl projections

DateBowlTeams
Dec. 19Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco BowlUTSA vs. Nevada
Dec. 21Myrtle Beach BowlMemphis vs. Appalachian State
Dec. 22Famous Idaho Potato BowlBuffalo vs. Boise State
Dec. 22Boca Raton BowlUCF vs. FAU
Dec. 23R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlMarshall vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 23Montgomery Bowl*Ball State vs. Fresno State
Dec. 24New Mexico BowlHouston vs. Wyoming
Dec. 25Camellia BowlCentral Michigan vs. Georgia State
Dec. 26Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla BowlUtah vs. Boston College
Dec. 26Cure BowlLouisiana vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 26SERVPRO First Responder BowlTCU vs. Liberty
Dec. 26LendingTree BowlUAB vs. Georgia Southern
Dec. 26Radiance Technologies Independence BowlArmy vs. Oregon State
Dec. 26Guaranteed Rate BowlWest Virginia vs. Maryland
Dec. 28Military Bowl Presented by PerspectaSMU vs. Virginia
Dec. 29Cheez-It BowlKansas State vs. Pitt
Dec. 29Valero Alamo BowlIowa State vs. Oregon
Dec. 30Duke’s Mayo BowlPurdue vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 30TransPerfect Music City BowlKentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 30LA BowlColorado vs. San Jose State
Dec. 31Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlTulane vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 31Tony the Tiger Sun BowlWashington vs. N.C. State
Dec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlOklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 31Arizona BowlKent State vs. San Diego State
Dec. 31Texas BowlTexas vs. LSU
Jan. 1TicketSmarter Birmingham BowlTulsa vs. North Texas
Jan. 1Vrbo Citrus BowlAuburn vs. Indiana
Jan. 2TaxSlayer Gator BowlMissouri vs. North Carolina
Jan. 2Outback BowlGeorgia vs. Wisconsin

New Year’s Day 6 projections

DATEBOWLTEAMS
Dec. 30Goodyear Cotton Bowl ClassicOklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Jan. 1Chick-fil-A Peach BowlCincinnati vs. Northwestern
Jan. 2PlayStation Fiesta BowlUSC vs. BYU
Jan. 2Capital One Orange BowlFlorida vs. Miami

College Football Playoff projections

DATEBOWLTEAMS
Jan. 1Rose Bowl Game (CFP semifinal)Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 1Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal)Alabama vs. Clemson
Jan. 11CFP National Championship GameOhio State vs. Alabama




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