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While the College Football Playoff has never been in jeopardy, the rest of bowl season has had an unclear outlook.
Put simply, there were too many unanswered questions. Would the games be prioritized? Would any schools not travel to a fan-less game several states away? Will enough teams finish with the requisite six wins to become bowl-eligible?
Now that every FBS conference has announced it would return, though, the first two questions are addressed. Plus, the NCAA is likely to waive bowl-eligibility requirements in 2020.
Yes, the calendar itself must be worked out because the regular season runs into mid-December—which is when bowls typically begin. But after several months of uncertainty about the postseason, it’s refreshing to have a packed bowl slate on the way.
Note: The Bahamas, Hawaii and RedBox Bowls will not be played.
College Football Playoff
Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1): Clemson vs. Georgia
Rose Bowl (Jan. 1): Alabama vs. Ohio State
After three straight comfortable wins, Clemson is readying for a showdown with seventh-ranked Miami in Week 6. If the Tigers back up their billing as strong favorites, it’s tough to see anyone other than Notre Dame even keeping up with Clemson—which is seeking a sixth straight College Football Playoff trip.
Alabama has looked absolutely dominant in its first two games, most recently a 52-24 triumph over Texas A&M. Georgia struggled early against Arkansas but throttled Auburn last week, setting up a huge clash between Bama and UGA on Oct. 17.
Provided the result is not a blowout, though, the losing team shouldn’t be removed from CFP consideration. Oklahoma and Texas already have losses in the Big 12, leaving Oklahoma State as the league’s last undefeated team. Plus, the Pac-12 has both a small schedule and