College football bowl projections

Here's how our experts see the bowl matchups, just in front of the season's final College Football Playoff rankings. All times Eastern.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
8 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Clemson
Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Clemson
Opening line from Caesars Sportsbook: No. 3 Clemson (-2)

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
4 p.m., Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: LSU vs. Oklahoma
Schlabach: LSU vs. Oklahoma
Opening line from Caesars Sportsbook: No. 1 LSU (-10)

College Football Playoff National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
8 p.m., Jan. 13, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: LSU vs. Ohio State
Schlabach: LSU vs. Clemson


Bowl schedule

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
2 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Schlabach: Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, ESPN2/ESPN App

Bonagura: SMU vs. UAB
Schlabach: SMU vs. Southern Miss

Celebration Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Noon, Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App

Bonagura: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Schlabach: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T

New Mexico Bowl
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Marshall vs. San Diego State
Schlabach: Nevada vs. Western Kentucky

Cure Bowl
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
2:30 p.m., Dec. 21, CBS Sports Network

Bonagura: Georgia Southern vs. FIU
Schlabach: Liberty vs. Arkansas State

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
3:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App

Bonagura: Ohio vs. Tulane
Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Central Michigan

Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
5:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Toledo vs. Louisiana
Schlabach: Kent State vs. Georgia State

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, ABC/ESPN App

Bonagura: Washington vs. Boise State
Schlabach: Boise State vs. Arizona State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
9 p.m., Dec. 21, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech
Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
2:30 p.m., Dec. 23, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Temple vs. Western Kentucky
Schlabach: UCF vs. UAB

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
8 p.m., Dec. 24, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: BYU vs. Hawai'i
Schlabach: BYU vs. Hawai'i

Walk-On's Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
4 p.m., Dec. 26, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Florida Atlantic vs. Miami
Schlabach: Miami vs. Florida Atlantic

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit
8 p.m., Dec. 26, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. Boston College
Schlabach: Boston College vs. Western Michigan

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Noon, Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Pittsburgh vs. UCF
Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Temple

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York
3:20 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Schlabach: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium, Houston
6:45 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
8 p.m., Dec. 27, Fox Sports 1

Bonagura: USC vs. Iowa
Schlabach: Iowa vs. USC

Cheez-It Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
10:15 p.m., Dec. 27, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Washington State vs. Air Force
Schlabach: Air Force vs. Washington State

Camping World Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Noon, Dec. 28, ABC/ESPN App

Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Texas
Schlabach: Notre Dame vs. Texas

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Memphis vs. Penn State
Noon, Dec. 28, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Memphis vs. Wisconsin
Schlabach: Memphis vs. Wisconsin

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
12:30 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Southern Miss vs. Kent State
Schlabach: Marshall vs. Toledo

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
4 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Mississippi State vs. Louisville
Schlabach: Louisville vs. Tennessee

Redbox Bowl
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
4 p.m., Dec. 30, Fox

Bonagura: California vs. Illinois
Schlabach: California vs. Illinois

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
8 p.m., Dec. 30, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Florida vs. Virginia
Schlabach: Florida vs. Virginia

Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Noon, Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
2 p.m., Dec. 31, CBS

Bonagura: Arizona State vs. North Carolina
Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Washington

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
3:45 p.m., Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Navy vs. Iowa State
Schlabach: Iowa State vs. Navy

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
4:30 p.m., Dec. 31, CBS Sports Network

Bonagura: Nevada vs. Georgia State
Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. Wyoming

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio
7:30 p.m., Dec. 31, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Utah vs. Oklahoma State
Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Utah

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
1 p.m., Jan. 1, ABC/ESPN App

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Michigan
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Michigan

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
1 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Auburn vs. Minnesota
Schlabach: Auburn vs. Minnesota

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
5 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Oregon vs. Penn State
Schlabach: Oregon vs. Penn State

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
8:45 p.m., Jan. 1, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Baylor vs. Georgia
Schlabach: Baylor vs. Georgia

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
3 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Florida State vs. Cincinnati
Schlabach: Florida State vs. Tulane

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
7 p.m., Jan. 2, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Tennessee vs. Indiana
Schlabach: Indiana vs. Kentucky

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m., Jan. 3, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Central Michigan vs. Utah State
Schlabach: Ohio vs. Utah State

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
11:30 p.m., Jan. 4, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Liberty vs. Wyoming
Schlabach: Florida International vs. San Diego State

LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
7:30 p.m., Jan. 6, ESPN/ESPN App

Bonagura: Miami (Ohio) vs. Arkansas State
Schlabach: Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana