by Dave Miller
August 25, 02014
We have arrived. It's game week.
With the start of the FBS season just a few days away, let's take a look at how the new College Football Playoff could look in its first season as well as how the rest of the postseason could shake out in my preseason bowl projections.
Below is how I slotted all of the teams for each and every bowl game. Yes, all 39 of them.
And, as always, these projections are subject to change — especially because it's still not entirely clear how the College Football Playoff will ultimately be decided and it's common for some conferences to not always be able to fill all of their bowl tie-ins.
* Replacement team for a conference that cannot fill its bowl slot.
— If bowl-eligible, Army will play in the Armed Forces Bowl, Navy will play in the Poinsettia Bowl and BYU will play in the Miami Beach Bowl.
Note: One team from the so-called Group of Five (American Athletic, MAC, Mountain West, Conference USA and Sun Belt) will get chosen for either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl.
The College Football Playoff
Semifinal—Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oregon
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Semifinal—Jan. 1 Sugar (New Orleans): No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Ohio State
Championship—Jan. 12 (Arlington): The winners of the two semifinals meet
The CFP Selection Committee bowl games
Dec. 31 Peach (Atlanta): Georgia (At-Large) vs. USC (At-Large)
Dec. 31 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC) vs. Auburn (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame)
Dec. 31 Fiesta (Glendale): UCLA (At-Large) vs. Oklahoma (At-Large)
Jan. 1 Cotton (Arlington): Baylor (At-Large) vs. Houston (At-Large)
The rest of the bowl slate
Dec. 20 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt) vs. Utah State (MWC)
Dec. 20 Idaho Potato (Boise): Wyoming (MWC) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC)
Dec. 20 Royal Purple (Las Vegas): Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington State (Pac-12)
Dec. 20 New Mexico (Albuquerque): Nevada (MWC) vs. Texas-San Antonio (C-USA)
Dec. 20 Camellia (Montgomery): Ohio (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
Dec. 22 Miami Beach (Miami): East Carolina (American) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 23 Poinsettia (San Diego): San Diego State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 23 Boca Raton (Boca Raton): Florida Atlantic (C-USA) vs. Ball State (MAC)
Dec. 24 Bahamas (Nassau): Marshall (C-USA) vs. Toledo (MAC)
Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Fresno State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Bitcoin (St. Petersburg): UCF (American) vs. Boston College (ACC)
Dec. 26 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): Minnesota (Big Ten/Big 12) vs. North Texas (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Military (Annapolis): Miami, FL (ACC) vs. Tulsa (American)
Dec. 27 Independence (Shreveport): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. *Rice (SEC)
Dec. 27 Pinstripe (Bronx): Pittsburgh (ACC) vs. Maryland (Big Ten)
Dec. 27 Sun (El Paso): Duke (ACC) vs. Arizona (Pac-12)
Dec. 27 Holiday (San Diego): Iowa (Big Ten) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12)
Dec. 29 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Virginia Tech (ACC) vs. Kansas State (Big 12)
Dec. 29 Liberty (Memphis): Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)
Dec. 29 Texas (Houston): Texas Tech (Big 12) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
Dec. 30 Belk (Charlotte): North Carolina (ACC) vs. Missouri (SEC)
Dec. 30 San Francisco (Santa Clara): Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Louisville (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Mississippi State (SEC)
Dec. 30 Detroit (Detroit): NC State (ACC) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten)
Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Michigan State (ACC/Big Ten) vs. LSU (SEC)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)
Jan. 2 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Cincinnati (American) vs. *Notre Dame (Army)
Jan. 2 Alamo (San Antonio): Texas (Big 12) vs. Washington (Pac-12)
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer (Jacksonville): Michigan (ACC/Big Ten) vs. Florida (SEC)
Jan. 2 Cactus (Tempe): TCU (Big 12) vs. *Colorado State (Pac-12)
Jan. 3 Birmingham (Birmingham): Tennessee (SEC) vs. Memphis (American)
Jan. 4 GoDaddy (Mobile): Bowling Green (MAC) vs. South Alabama (Sun Belt)
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.