College football bowl and playoff schedule, predictions

By Connor Grott  |  Dec. 4, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- College football bowl season has arrived once again, bringing with it many exciting games in the months of December and January.

Selection Sunday saw 78 of 81 bowl-eligible teams out of the 130 FBS schools earn a bowl bid, with three teams being left out of the field (Buffalo, Texas-San Antonio, Western Michigan).

The College Football Playoff field was also determined Sunday afternoon with Clemson getting the No. 1 seed. Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama rounded out the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

Here is the complete schedule for every college football bowl game for the 2017-18 season. (All times EST).

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Dec. 16

Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA, North Carolina A&T [11-0, MEAC] vs. Grambling State [11-1, SWAC] 12 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

Grambling State 34, North Carolina A&T 20

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New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans, LA, Troy [10-2, Sun Belt] vs. North Texas [9-4, C-USA] 1 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

North Texas 31, Troy 24

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Cure Bowl, Orlando, FL, Western Kentucky [6-6, C-USA] vs. Georgia State [6-5, Sun Belt] 2:30 p.m., CBSSN

PREDICTION

Western Kentucky 45, Georgia State 20

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Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, NV, Boise State [10-3, MWC] vs. Oregon [7-5, Pac-12] 3:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Oregon 35, Boise State 31

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New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, NM, Marshall [7-5, C-USA] vs. Colorado State [7-5, MWC] 4:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Marshall 27, Colorado State 24

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Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, AL, Arkansas State [7-4, Sun Belt] vs. Middle Tennessee [6-6, C-USA] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Middle Tennessee 38, Arkansas State 35

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Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, FL, Florida Atlantic [10-3, C-USA] vs. Akron [7-6, MAC] 7 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Florida Atlantic 56, Akron 28

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Dec. 20

Frisco Bowl, Frisco, TX, Louisiana Tech [6-6, C-USA] vs. SMU [7-5, AAC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Louisiana Tech 28, SMU 24

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Dec. 21

Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersberg, FL, Florida International [8-4, C-USA] vs. Temple [6-6, AAC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Temple 24, Florida International 17

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Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas, UAB [8-4, C-USA] vs. Ohio [8-4, MAC] 12:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

UAB 30, Ohio 24

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, ID, Central Michigan [8-4, MAC] vs. Wyoming [7-5, MWC] 4 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Central Michigan 27, Wyoming 24

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Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, AL, Texas Tech [6-6, Big 12] vs. South Florida [9-2, AAC] 12 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

South Florida 38, Texas Tech 30

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Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, TX, Army [8-3, Independent] vs. San Diego State [10-2, MWC] 3:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

San Diego State 42, Army 35

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Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, AL, Appalachian State [8-4, Sun Belt] vs. Toledo [11-2, MAC] 7 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Appalachian State 28, Toledo 27

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Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, HI, Houston [7-4, AAC] vs. Fresno State [9-4, MWC] 8:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Fresno State 41, Houston 31

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Dec. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas, TX, West Virginia [7-5, Big 12] vs. Utah [6-6, Pac-12] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

West Virginia 30, Utah 21

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Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, MI, Duke [6-6, ACC] vs. Northern Illinois [8-4, MAC] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Duke 45, Northern Illinois 34

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Cactus Bowl, Phoenix, AZ, Kansas State [7-5, Big 12] vs. UCLA [6-6, Pac-12] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

UCLA 27, Kansas State 17

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Dec. 27

Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA, Florida State [6-6, ACC] vs. Southern Miss [8-4, C-USA] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Florida State 31, Southern Miss 24

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Pinstripe Bowl, New York, NY, Iowa [7-5, Big Ten] vs. Boston College [7-5, ACC] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Iowa 31, Boston College 27

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Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, CA, Purdue [6-6, Big Ten] vs. Arizona [7-5, Pac-12] 8:30 p.m., FOX

PREDICTION

Purdue 27, Arizona 21

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Texas Bowl, Houston, TX, Texas [6-6, Big 12] vs. Missouri [7-5, SEC] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Missouri 40, Texas 30

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Dec. 28

Military Bowl, Annapolis, MD, Virginia [6-6, ACC] vs. Navy [6-5, AAC] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Navy 30, Virginia 27

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Camping World Bowl, Orlando, FL, Virginia Tech [9-3, ACC] vs. Oklahoma State [9-3, Big 12] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Oklahoma State 42, Virginia Tech 38

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Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, TX, Stanford [9-4, Pac-12] vs. TCU [10-3, Big 12] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

TCU 34, Stanford 28

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Holiday Bowl, San Diego, CA, Michigan State [9-3, Big Ten] vs. Washington State [9-3, Pac-12] 9 p.m., FOX

PREDICTION

Michigan State 27, Washington State 23

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Dec. 29

Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC, Wake Forest [7-5, ACC] vs. Texas A&M [7-5, SEC] 1 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Texas A&M 31, Wake Forest 17

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Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX, NC State [8-4, ACC] vs. Arizona State [7-5, Pac-12] 3 p.m., CBS

PREDICTION

NC State 24, Arizona State 21

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Music City Bowl, Nashville, TN, Kentucky [7-5, SEC] vs. Northwestern [9-3, Big Ten] 4:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Northwestern 31, Kentucky 27

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Arizona Bowl, Tucson, AZ, New Mexico State [6-6, Sun Belt] vs. Utah State [6-6, MWC] 5:30 p.m., CBSSN

PREDICTION

Utah State 34, New Mexico State 14

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Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, FL, Louisville [8-4, ACC] vs. Mississippi State [8-4, SEC] 12 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Louisville 45, Mississippi State 28

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Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, Memphis [10-2, AAC] vs. Iowa State [7-5, Big 12] 12:30 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

Memphis 45, Iowa State 38

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Jan. 1

Outback Bowl, Tampa, FL, Michigan [8-4, Big Ten] vs. South Carolina [8-4, SEC] 12 p.m., ESPN2

PREDICTION

South Carolina 31, Michigan 30

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Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, Notre Dame [9-3, Independent] vs. LSU [9-3, SEC] 1 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

LSU 27, Notre Dame 20

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Selection committee bowl games

Dec. 29

Cotton Bowl, Arlington, TX, No. 5 Ohio State [11-2, Big Ten] vs. No. 8 USC [11-2, Pac-12] 8:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Ohio State 34, USC 31

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Dec. 30

Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ, No. 9 Penn State [10-2, Big Ten] vs. No. 11 Washington [10-2, Pac-12] 4 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Penn State 38, Washington 35

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Orange Bowl, Miami, FL, No. 6 Wisconsin [12-1, Big Ten] vs. No. 10 Miami [10-2, ACC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Miami 24, Wisconsin 14

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Jan. 1

Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA, No. 7 Auburn [10-3, SEC] vs. No. 12 UCF [12-0, AAC] 12:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Auburn 31, UCF 17

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2018 College Football Playoff

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl Semifinal, Pasadena, CA, No. 2 Oklahoma [12-1, Big 12] vs. No. 3 Georgia [12-1, SEC] 5 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Georgia 27, Oklahoma 24

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Sugar Bowl Semifinal, New Orleans, LA, No. 1 Clemson [12-1, ACC] vs. No. 4 Alabama [11-1, SEC] 8:45 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Clemson 38, Alabama 30

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Jan. 8

National Championship Game, Atlanta, GA, No. 3 Georgia [12-1, SEC] vs. No. 1 Clemson [12-1, ACC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Georgia 30, Clemson 28

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