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USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for every bowl game

December 14,2017 15:22

The college football bowl game schedule is here. Our panel gives predictions for all of the postseason matchups through the title game.


USA TODAY Sports Published 8:59 a.m. ET Dec. 14, 2017 | Updated 9:01 a.m. ET Dec. 14, 2017

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Just 40 games are left in the college football season. The final three will determine this year's national champion.
The Sugar Bowl will be the venue for the third consecutive meeting between Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide aren't overwhelming favorites for the first time as they enter as the No. 4 seed after failing to win the SEC title. The Tigers are hoping to be the first team to repeat in the Playoff era.
The other semifinal will see Oklahoma and Georgia square off in the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs haven't won a national title since 1980. It's been 17 years since the Sooners last wore the crown. They'll have the benefit of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield leading their offense, while the Bulldogs turn to true freshman Jake Fromm.
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There's also several intriguing matchups among the other games, including No. 5 Ohio State and No. 7 Southern California colliding in the Cotton Bowl and No. 10 Central Florida looking to complete a perfect season in the Peach Bowl against No. 8 Auburn.

 
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