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This week’s College Football Playoff, bowl projections

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Here are the fifth GN playoff and bowl projections of the season.

Our four projected playoff teams this week: Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma.

Yes, that’s right — two ACC teams in the playoff. The thought is that Miami is ranked higher in the CFP rankings going into the ACC championship game but that Clemson wins in a close one — close enough that UM stays in the top four. The projection here also is that Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC championship game, Ohio State beats Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and Oklahoma beats TCU in the Big 12 championship game. Barring some kind of mass chaos, the Pac-12 champ has no shot at a playoff berth.

All times listed are Eastern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS

Rose Bowl

Site: Pasadena, Calif.
Date: January 1
Time/TV: 5 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Playoff semifinal.
Projection: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

Sugar Bowl

Site: New Orleans
Date: January 1
Time/TV: 8:45 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Playoff semifinal.
Projection: Alabama vs. Miami

National championship game

Site: Atlanta
Date: January 8
Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Semifinal winners
Projection: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

THE OTHER BOWLS

New Orleans Bowl

Site: New Orleans
Date: December 16
Time/TV: 1 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Southern Miss vs. Arkansas State

Cure Bowl

Site: Orlando
Date: December 16
Time/TV: 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Matchup: AAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State
Note: Projection is that AAC won’t be able to fill its slot.

Las Vegas Bowl

Site: Las Vegas
Date: December 16
Time/TV: 3:30 p.m., ABC
Matchup: Mountain West vs. Pac-12
Projection: Boise State vs. Oregon

New Mexico Bowl

Site: Albuquerque
Date: December 16
Time/TV: 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: North Texas vs. Fresno State

Camellia Bowl

Site: Montgomery, Ala.
Date: December 16
Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Akron vs. Georgia State

Boca Raton Bowl

Site: Boca Raton, Fla.
Date: December 19
Time/TV: 7 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: AAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: Temple vs. Florida International

Frisco Bowl

Site: Frisco, Texas
Date: December 20
Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: AAC vs. at-large team
Projection: Houston vs. UNLV

Gasparilla Bowl

Site: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Date: December 21
Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: AAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: USF vs. Florida Atlantic

Bahamas Bowl

Site: Nassau, Bahamas
Date: December 22
Time/TV: 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Conference USA vs. MAC
Projection: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Site: Boise, Idaho
Date: December 22
Time/TV: 4 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Toledo vs. Colorado State

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