Final College Football Playoff, bowl projections

Here are the latest gridironnow.com playoff and bowl projections. Remember that 80 teams — or 63 percent of the 128 teams in the FBS ranks — will make it into the postseason. (As a comparison, 63 percent would mean 20 of the 32’s NFL teams would make it into the playoffs.)

Our four projected playoff teams: Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington. That would mean three conference champions (all but Ohio State) would be in the four-team playoff.

At this point, it seems a given that at least two teams with losing records make it into the postseason. There were three such teams last season .

All times listed are Eastern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS Fiesta Bowl

Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: December 31
Time/TV: 3 p.m. or 7 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Semifinal game this season
Projection: Clemson vs. Ohio State Peach Bowl

Site: Atlanta
Date: December 31
Time/TV: 3 p.m. or 7 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Semifinal game this season
Projection: Alabama vs. Washington National championship game

Site: Tampa
Date: January 9
Time/TV: 8:30 p.m., ESPN Matchup: Semifinal winners Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State THE OTHER BOWLS New Mexico Bowl Site: Albuquerque Date: December 17 Time/TV: 2 p.m., ESPN Matchup: Conference USA vs. Mountain West Projection: UT San Antonio at New Mexico Las Vegas Bowl Site: Las Vegas Date: December 17 Time/TV: 3:30 p.m., ABC Matchup: Mountain West vs. Pac-12 Projection: San Diego State vs. Houston Camellia Bowl Site: Montgomery, Ala. Date: December 17 Time/TV: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Matchup: MAC vs. Sun Belt Projection: Central Michigan vs. Appalachian State Cure Bowl Site: Orlando Date: December 17 Time/TV: 5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network Matchup: AAC vs. Sun Belt Projection: UCF vs. Arkansas State New Orleans Bowl Site: New Orleans Date: December 17 Time/TV: 9 p.m., ESPN Matchup: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt Projection: Southern Miss vs. UL-Lafayette Miami Beach Bowl Site: Miami Date: December 19 Time/TV: 2:30 p.m., ESPN Matchup: AAC vs. MAC Projection: Tulsa vs. Toledo Boca Raton Bowl Site: Boca Raton, Fla. Date: December 20 Time/TV: 7 p.m., ESPN Matchup: AAC vs. Conference USA/MAC Projection: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky Poinsettia Bowl Site: San Diego Date: December 21 Time/TV: 9 p.m., ESPN Matchup: BYU vs. Mountain West Projection: BYU vs. Wyoming Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Site: Boise, Idaho Date: December 22 Time/TV: 7 p.m., ESPN Matchup: MAC vs. Mountain West Projection: Idaho vs. Colorado State Note: Projection is bowl will swap its conference affiliation. Bahamas Bowl Site: Nassau, Bahamas Date: December 23 Time/TV: 1 p.m., ESPN Matchup: AAC vs. Conference USA/MAC Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion Note: Both already have accepted bids. Armed Forces Bowl Site: Fort Worth, Texas Date: December 23 Time/TV: 4:30 p.m., ESPN Matchup: Big 12 vs. Navy Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Navy Note: Projection is Big 12 won’t fill its slot. Dollar General Bowl Site: Mobile, Ala. Date: December 23 Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN Matchup: MAC vs. Sun Belt Projection: Ohio vs. Troy Hawaii Bowl Site: Honolulu Date: December 24 Time/TV: 8 p.m., ESPN Matchup: Conference USA vs. […]