College Football Playoff rankings released: New Year’s Six bowls announced
The final set of College Football Playoff rankings was unveiled Sunday afternoon along with the New Year’s Six Bowl games, and there will be plenty to dissect ahead of what should be some intriguing matchups.
In addition to No. 2 Alabama’s previously announced Playoff tilt with Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, No. 12 Ole Miss will make its first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1970 when it plays Oklahoma State on Jan. 1. Kickoff in the Superdome is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Ole Miss has faced and beaten the Cowboys twice before during bowl season, winning the 2004 and 2010 Cotton Bowls.
Florida fell to No. 19 following its 29-15 loss to the Crimson Tide in Saturday’s SEC championship game, but the Gators still finish a surprising season under first-year coach Jim McElwain at 10-3 (7-1 SEC).
LSU (No. 20) jumped up one spot after an idle week. Tennessee also remained in the Top 25, rising to No. 23 after finishing its regular season on a five-game winning streak. A quality bowl destination and matchup would appear to be on the horizon for the upward-trending Vols.
It was also announced that the Orange Bowl will kick off at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, while the Cotton Bowl starts at 8 p.m.
Here are all of the New Year’s Six bowls:
- Orange Bowl: No. 1 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (11-1)
- Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama (12-1) vs. No. 3 Michigan State (12-1)
- Sugar Bowl: No. 12 Ole Miss (9-3) vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State (10-2)
- Rose Bowl: No. 5 Iowa (12-1) vs. No. 6 Stanford (11-2)
- Fiesta Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State (11-1) vs. No. 8 Notre Dame (10-2)
- Peach Bowl: No. 9 Florida State (10-2) vs. No. 18 Houston (12-1)
Check out the full Playoff rankings below:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Oklahoma State
- Southern California