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2018-19 college football bowl and playoff schedule, predictions, times

By
Connor Grott
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban hoists the National Championship trophy after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/UPI
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban hoists the National Championship trophy after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The 2018-19 bowl schedule and four-team College Football Playoff field has been set. This season's bowl lineup begins on Dec. 15 with the Celebration Bowl and culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

It was announced earlier in the day that No. 4 Oklahoma earned the final spot in the playoffs over No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Ohio State. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame maintained their respective positions in the rankings for a chance at the national title.

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Below is the full list of this season's college football bowl schedule with predictions for each game (All times Eastern).

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Dec. 15

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA, North Carolina A&T [9-2, MEAC] vs. Alcorn State [9-3, SWAC] 12 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

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Alcorn State

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New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, NM, North Texas [9-3, C-USA] vs. Utah State [10-2, MWC] 2 p.m., ESPN

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PREDICTION

Utah State

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AutoNation Cure Bowl, Orlando, FL, Tulane [6-6, AAC] vs. Louisiana-Lafayette [7-6, Sun Belt] 2:30 p.m., CBSSN

PREDICTION

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Tulane

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Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, NV, Fresno State [11-2, MWC] vs. Arizona State [7-5, Pac-12] 3:30 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

Fresno State

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Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, AL, Georgia Southern [9-3, Sun Belt] vs. Eastern Michigan [7-5, MAC] 5:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Georgia Southern

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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans, LA, Middle Tennessee [8-5, C-USA] vs. Appalachian State [10-2, Sun Belt] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Middle Tennessee

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Dec. 18

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, FL, UAB [10-3, C-USA] vs. Northern Illinois [8-5, MAC] 7 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

UAB

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Dec. 19

DXL Frisco Bowl, Frisco, TX, San Diego State [7-5, MWC] vs. Ohio [8-4, MAC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Ohio

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Dec. 20

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa, FL, Marshall [8-4, C-USA] vs. South Florida [7-5, AAC] 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

South Florida

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Dec. 21

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas, FIU [8-4, C-USA] vs. Toledo [7-5, MAC] 12:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

FIU

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, ID, Western Michigan [7-5, MAC] vs. BYU [6-6, Independent] 4 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

BYU

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Dec. 22

Jared Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, AL, Memphis [8-5, AAC] vs. Wake Forest [6-6, ACC] 12 p.m., ESPN

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PREDICTION

Memphis

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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, TX, Houston [8-4, AAC] vs. Army [9-2, Independent] 3:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Army

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Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, AL, Buffalo [10-3, MAC] vs. Troy [9-3, Sun Belt] 7 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Buffalo

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SoFi Hawai'i Bowl, Honolulu, HI, Louisiana Tech [7-5, C-USA] vs. Hawaii [8-5, MWC] 10:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Hawaii

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Dec. 26

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Dallas, TX, Boston College [7-5, ACC] vs. Boise State [10-3, MWC] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Boise State

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Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, MI, Minnesota [6-6, Big Ten] vs. Georgia Tech [7-5, ACC] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Georgia Tech

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Cheez-It Bowl, Phoenix, AZ, California [7-5, Pac-12] vs. TCU [6-6, Big 12] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

California

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Dec. 27

Walk-On's Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA, Temple [8-4, AAC] vs. Duke [7-5, ACC] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Duke

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New Era Pinstripe Bowl, New York, NY, Miami [7-5, ACC] vs. Wisconsin [7-5, Big Ten] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Miami

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Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Houston, TX, Baylor [6-6, Big 12] vs. Vanderbilt [6-6, SEC] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Vanderbilt

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Dec. 28

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, TN, Purdue [6-6, Big Ten] vs. Auburn [7-5, SEC] 1:30 p.m., ESPN

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PREDICTION

Purdue

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Camping World Bowl, Orlando, FL, West Virginia [8-3, Big 12] vs. Syracuse [9-3, ACC] 5:15 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

West Virginia

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Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, TX, Iowa State [8-4, Big 12] vs. Washington State [10-2, Pac-12] 9 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Washington State

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Dec. 29

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA, No. 10 Florida [9-3, SEC] vs. No. 7 Michigan [10-2, Big Ten] 12 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Florida

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Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC, South Carolina [7-5, SEC] vs. Virginia [7-5, ACC] 12 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

South Carolina

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NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Tucson, AZ, Arkansas State [8-4, Sun Belt] vs. Nevada [7-5, MWC] 1:15 p.m., CBSSN

PREDICTION

Nevada

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Dec. 31

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, MD, Cincinnati [10-2, AAC] vs. Virginia Tech [6-6, ACC] 12 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Cincinnati

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Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX, Stanford [8-4, Pac-12] vs. Pittsburgh [7-6, ACC] 2 p.m., CBS

PREDICTION

Stanford

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Redbox Bowl, Santa Clara, CA, Michigan State [7-5, Big Ten] vs. Oregon [8-4, Pac-12] 3 p.m., FOX

PREDICTION

Oregon

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, Missouri [8-4, SEC] vs. Oklahoma State [6-6, Big 12] 3:45 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Missouri

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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, San Diego, CA, Northwestern [8-5, Big Ten] vs. Utah [9-4, Pac-12] 7 p.m., FS1

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PREDICTION

Utah

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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, FL, NC State [9-3, ACC] vs. Texas A&M [8-4, SEC] 7:30 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Texas A&M

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Jan. 1

Outback Bowl, Tampa, FL, Mississippi State [8-4, SEC] vs. Iowa [8-4, Big Ten] 12 p.m., ESPN2

PREDICTION

Mississippi State

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VRBO Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, Kentucky [9-3, SEC] vs. Penn State [9-3, Big Ten] 1 p.m., ABC

PREDICTION

Penn State

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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ, No. 11 LSU [9-3, SEC] vs. No. 8 UCF [12-0, AAC] 1 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

UCF

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Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Pasadena, CA, No. 9 Washington [10-3, Pac-12] vs. No. 6 Ohio State [12-1, Big Ten] 5 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Ohio State

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Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, LA, No. 15 Texas [9-4, Big 12] vs. No. 5 Georgia [11-2, SEC] 8:45 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Georgia

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2018 College Football Playoff

Dec. 29

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, TX, No. 2 Clemson [13-0, ACC] vs. No. 3 Notre Dame [12-0, Independent] 4 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Notre Dame

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College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, FL, No. 1 Alabama [13-0, SEC] vs. No. 4 Oklahoma [12-1, Big 12] 8 p.m., ESPN

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PREDICTION

Alabama

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Jan. 7

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, Santa Clara, CA, No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Notre Dame 8 p.m., ESPN

PREDICTION

Alabama

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