It’s that time, 2017-18 College Football Bowl Game Schedules are set

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton throws a pass against Florida International during the first half of a game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / Associated Press)
Alabama edged out Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff field. The Crimson Tide’s reward is a playoff rematch against defending national champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1.
Clemson’s inclusion as the top seed in the bracket was expected since the Tigers (12-1) were No. 1 in the previous CFP rankings and then routed Miami 38-3 in the ACC title game on Saturday.
The inclusion of Alabama (11-1) was much more contentious. Fourth-seeded Alabama didn’t even win the Southeastern Conference West after losing to Auburn in the final game of the regular season, but was impressive until that loss.
Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 in the national championship game last season. The Tigers have made it back to the CFP with a dominant defense and the emergence of junior quarterback Kelly Bryant.
Oklahoma and Georgia are headed west to play their College Football Playoff semifinal in the 104th Rose Bowl.
The Sooners (12-1) were the second seed in the four-team field announced by the selection committee on Sunday, while the Bulldogs (12-1) were third.
The Rose Bowl will be played without a team from either of its traditional Pac-12 or Big Ten conferences for the first time since Jan. 3, 2002.
While the college football world argued about the committee’s decision on the fourth team in the playoff, nobody doubts the credentials of the two stellar programs getting together for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All.
Georgia earned a spot with its first SEC title since 2005 under second-year coach Kirby Smart, capped by a 28-7 victory over Auburn in the conference championship game on Saturday.
Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with a 41-17 victory over TCU on Saturday, punctuating an incredible season under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley. The Sooners will be led by fleet-footed quarterback Baker Mayfield, the likely Heisman Trophy winner.

2018 College Football Playoff

DATE GAME / LOC. TIME / TV TEAMS
Jan. 8 National Championship
Atlanta
8 p.m.
ESPN
Semifinal winners
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Semifinal
Pasadena, Calif.
5 p.m.
ESPN
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl Semifinal
New Orleans
8:45 p.m.
ESPN
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama

Selection committee bowl games

DATE GAME / LOC. TIME / TV TEAMS
Jan. 1 Peach Bowl
Atlanta
12:30 p.m.
ESPN
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF
Dec. 30 Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, Ariz.
4 p.m.
ESPN
No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl
Miami
8 p.m.
ESPN
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl
Arlington, Texas
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 8 USC

Other bowl games

DATE GAME / LOC. TIME / TV TEAMS
Jan. 1 Outback
Tampa, Fla.
12 p.m.
ESPN2
Michigan vs. South Carolina
Jan. 1 Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
1 p.m.
ABC
Notre Dame vs. LSU
Dec. 30 TaxSlayer
Jacksonville, Fla.
12 p.m.
ESPN
Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 30 Liberty
Memphis, Tenn.
12:30 p.m.
ABC
Memphis vs. Iowa State
Dec. 29 Belk
Charlotte, N.C.
1 p.m.
ESPN
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 29 Hyundai Sun
El Paso, Tex.
3 p.m.
CBS
NC State vs. Arizona State
Dec. 29 Music City
Nashville, Tenn.
4:30 p.m.
ESPN
Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Dec. 29 Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.
5:30 p.m.
CBSSN
New Mexico State vs. Utah State
Dec. 28 Military
Annapolis, Md.
1:30 p.m.
ESPN
Virginia vs. Navy
Dec. 28 Camping World
Orlando, Fla.
5:15 p.m.
ESPN
Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Alamo
San Antonio, Tex.
9 p.m.
ESPN
Stanford vs. TCU
Dec. 28 Holiday
San Diego, Calif.
9 p.m.
Fox
Michigan State vs. Washington State
Dec. 27 Independence
Shreveport, La.
1:30 p.m.
ESPN
Florida State vs. Southern Miss
Dec. 27 Pinstripe
New York
5:15 p.m.
ESPN
Iowa vs. Boston College
Dec. 27 Foster Farms
Santa Clara, Calif.
8:30 p.m.
Fox
Purdue vs. Arizona
Dec. 27 Texas
Houston
9 p.m.
ESPN
Texas vs. Missouri
Dec. 26 Heart of Dallas
Dallas
1:30 p.m.
ESPN
West Virginia vs. Utah
Dec. 26 Quick Lane
Detroit
5:15 p.m.
ESPN
Duke vs. Northern Illinois
Dec. 26 Cactus
Phoenix
9 p.m.
ESPN
Kansas State vs. UCLA
Dec. 24 Hawaii
Honolulu
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
Houston vs. Fresno State
Dec. 23 Birmingham
Birmingham, Ala.
12 p.m.
ESPN
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
Dec. 23 Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Tex.
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Army vs. San Diego State
Dec. 23 Dollar General
Mobile, Ala.
7 p.m.
ESPN
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Dec. 22 Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
12:30 p.m.
ESPN
UAB vs. Ohio
Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato
Boise, Id.
4 p.m.
ESPN
Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
Dec. 21 Gasparilla
St. Petersberg, Fla.
8 p.m.
ESPN
FIU vs. Temple
Dec. 20 Frisco
Frisco, Tex.
8 p.m.
ESPN
Louisiana Tech vs. SMU
Dec. 19 Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Fla.
7 p.m.
ESPN
FAU vs. Akron
Dec. 16 Celebration
Atlanta
12 p.m.
ABC
North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State
Dec. 16 New Orleans
New Orleans
1 p.m.
ESPN
Troy vs. North Texas
Dec. 16 Cure
Orlando, Fla.
2:30 p.m.
CBSSN
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Dec. 16 Las Vegas
Las Vegas
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Boise State vs. Oregon
Dec. 16 New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M.
4:30 p.m.
ESPN
Marshall vs. Colorado State
Dec. 16 Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
8 p.m.
ESPN
Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee

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