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    College Football Playoff semifinals

    College Football Playoff at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

    AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
    Thurs., Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Ohio State vs. TCU
    McMurphy: Michigan State vs. TCU


    College Football Playoff at the Capital One Orange Bowl

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
    Thurs., Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
    McMurphy: Ole Miss vs. Notre Dame


    College Football Playoff National Championship

    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
    Mon., Jan. 11, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Ole Miss
    McMurphy: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss


    Bowl schedule

    Gildan New Mexico Bowl

    University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Sat. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. (ABC)

    Schlabach: Louisiana Tech vs. Colorado State
    McMurphy: Louisiana Tech vs. Colorado State


    Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

    Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
    Sat., Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

    Schlabach: Arizona State vs. BYU
    McMurphy: Utah vs. Boise State


    Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

    Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
    Sat., Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Ball State vs. Appalachian State
    McMurphy: Ohio vs. Georgia Southern


    AutoNation Cure Bowl

    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
    Sat., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

    Schlabach: SMU vs. Arkansas State
    McMurphy: UConn vs. Appalachian State


    R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
    Sat., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Rice vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
    McMurphy: FIU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette


    Miami Beach Bowl

    Marlins Park, Miami
    Mon., Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Western Kentucky vs. Cincinnati
    McMurphy: Marshall vs. Temple


    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
    Tues., Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Air Force vs. Ohio
    McMurphy: Ball State vs. Nevada


    Boca Raton Bowl

    FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
    Tues., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Northern Illinois vs. Temple
    McMurphy: Tulsa vs. Western Michigan


    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
    Wed., Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: San Diego State vs. Washington
    McMurphy: Air Force vs. Indiana


    GoDaddy Bowl

    Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
    Wed., Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Toledo vs. Georgia Southern
    McMurphy: Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State


    Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

    Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
    Thurs., Dec. 24, noon (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Middle Tennessee State vs. Buffalo
    McMurphy: Western Kentucky vs. Bowling Green


    Hawai’i Bowl

    Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
    Thurs., Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Boise State vs. Tulsa
    McMurphy: BYU vs. Houston


    St. Petersburg Bowl

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
    Sat., Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Old Dominion vs. East Carolina 
    McMurphy: Middle Tennessee vs. Cincinnati


    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
    Sat., Dec. 26, 2 p.m. (CBS)

    Schlabach: Miami vs. Utah
    McMurphy: North Carolina vs. Cal


    Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

    Cotton Bowl, Dallas
    Sat., Dec. 26, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Texas vs. Marshall
    McMurphy: Rice vs. Indiana


    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
    Sat., Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

    Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Iowa
    McMurphy: Miami vs. Iowa


    Camping World Independence Bowl

    Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
    Sat., Dec. 26, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Duke vs. Kentucky
    McMurphy: Louisville vs. SMU


    Foster Farms Bowl

    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
    Sat., Dec. 26, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Minnesota vs. USC
    McMurphy: Minnesota vs. USC


    Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
    Mon., Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Navy
    McMurphy: Virginia Tech vs. Navy


    Quick Lane Bowl

    Ford Field, Detroit
    Mon., Dec. 28, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

    Schlabach: Pitt vs. Nebraska
    McMurphy: Duke vs. Nebraska


    Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

    Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
    Tues., Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Indiana vs. Utah State
    McMurphy: Utah State vs. Illinois


    Russell Athletic Bowl

    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
    Tues., Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Florida State vs. West Virginia
    McMurphy: Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State


    AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

    NRG Stadium, Houston
    Tues., Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
    McMurphy:  Missouri vs. West Virginia


    Birmingham Bowl

    Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
    Wed., Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Auburn vs. Memphis
    McMurphy: Memphis vs. Kentucky


    Belk Bowl

    Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Wed., Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: NC State vs. Tennessee
    McMurphy: NC State vs. Tennessee


    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
    Wed., Dec. 30, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Penn State vs. Mississippi State
    McMurphy: Auburn vs. Penn State


    National University Holiday Bowl

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
    Wed., Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Michigan vs. Arizona
    McMurphy: Wisconsin vs. Stanford


    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    Georgia Dome, Atlanta
    Thurs., Dec. 31, noon (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Georgia vs. Clemson
    McMurphy: Clemson vs. LSU


    Outback Bowl

    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
    Fri., Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)

    Schlabach: Northwestern vs. Alabama
    McMurphy: Northwestern vs. Florida


    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
    Fri., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC)

    Schlabach: Wisconsin vs. LSU
    McMurphy: Michigan vs. Texas A&M


    Fiesta Bowl

    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
    Fri., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Oregon vs. Houston
    McMurphy: UCLA vs. Toledo


    Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual

    Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
    Fri., Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: UCLA vs. Notre Dame
    McMurphy: Ohio State vs. Oregon


    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
    Fri., Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Texas A&M vs. Baylor
    McMurphy: Georgia vs. Baylor


    TaxSlayer Bowl

    EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
    Sat., Jan. 2, noon (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Georgia Tech vs. Florida
    McMurphy:  Alabama vs. Florida State


    AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
    Sat., Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Arkansas
    McMurphy: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State


    Valero Alamo Bowl

    Alamodome, San Antonio
    Sat., Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Oklahoma vs. Stanford
    McMurphy: Oklahoma vs. Arizona


    Cactus Bowl

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
    Sat., Jan. 2, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

    Schlabach: Texas Tech vs. Cal
    McMurphy:  Kansas State vs. Arizona State

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