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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville was somehow passed over by FSU for the Capital One Orange Bowl but the Lamar Jackson-LSU front seven matchup in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will be a ton of fun to watch. Jackson accounted for an ACC record 51 total touchdowns this season. LSU allowed just 16 touchdowns all season

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville ended up in Florida for its bowl game, though it's not preferred Miami. Rather, the Cards will take on LSU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Louisville used its bowl win over Texas A&M last year to propel its 2016 season. Will a second straight bowl win over an SEC team do the same for 2017?

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

The Outback Bowl loves Florida and Iowa (this will be the third time they've played each other). I guess what the bowl doesn't like is offense. Florida ranks 115th in total offense and 110th in scoring. Iowa ranks 77th in scoring and 120th in total offense. My goodness these defenses will feast

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU was a playoff darkhorse in August. The Horned Frogs, at 6-6, are headed to the Liberty bowl to face Georgia after four straight home defeats. On Saturday, in a 30-6 home loss to Kansas, TCU's streak of 41 straight games with a sack -- tied for the longest nationally and second longest in Big 12 history -- came to an end. Some soul-searching ahead for coach Gary Patterson's program.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

FPI No. 22 North Carolina, FPI No. 20 Stanford's Sun Bowl opponent, has wins over Florida State, Miami, and Pitt this year.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

With Stanford headed to the Sun Bowl to face North Carolina, the Cardinal will face the country's No. 46-ranked defense. That obviously isn't great, but marks a big step up from the defenses Stanford has faced during its win streak, so this should be a decent way to gauge the Cardinal's offensive improvement.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big 12 is spending the holidays with its exes. Colorado vs. Oklahoma State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Kansas State in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

There were some who wanted to see Pitt and West Virginia start up the Backyard Brawl in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Miami got the slot against the Mountaineers instead. Though it doesn't rival Pitt-WVU, it's worth remembering there's history between the Canes and 'Eers, some of it unpleasant. The two were Big East rivals in a series Miami ultimately dominated.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Outback Bowl sure loves Iowa. The Hawkeyes are going to the game for the fifth time since 2003 and will play Florida as its Outback opponent for the third time. Offense will likely be at a premium in this game.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Western Michigan's trip to the Cotton Bowl is an awesome story. It's a disaster of a ticket. $135 face value tickets already at $20.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby's questions for the playoff committee about non-conference scheduling and the 13th data point are pertinent. They appear especially poignant this year. But I think he knows some version of the answer he'll receive: There is no playoff formula that will perfectly fit every team, every year. More often than not, though, Big 12 teams will be best served to schedule tough.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt explains why Florida State got the Capital One Orange Bowl bid over Louisville despite a 43-point head to head loss. "The selection committee felt like Florida State was the better football team at the end of this season ... We're looking at the full body of work and we're not basing our rankings and our decisions on one particular game." Hocutt said head to head is important but just one factor to consider.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson -- by popular demand, not his own choice -- addresses the Clemson hoops crowd...


David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's Dabo Swinney and the football team honored at halftime of the Tigers' basketball game. "Little old Clemson, back to back in the college football playoff," Swinney said. "Last year we went into the playoff No. 1 and finished No. 2. This year we're looking forward to going in No. 2 and finishing No. 1."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Pac-12 in final College Football Playoff rankings: 4. Washington; 9. USC; 10. Colorado; 18. Stanford; 19. Utah. So Washington won title in conference with three top-10 teams and five in top-20. With USC in Rose Bowl, that means conference will divide a $10 million payout between its 12 teams. Fair to say the conference was top-heavy more than deep this year. Six teams with eight or more wins — Washington State at 8-4 -- but those were the only bowl eligible teams.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

To illustrate the razor-thin margin in this age of parity in college football, consider No. 18 Stanford: Two fumbled snaps -- one against Colorado this season and another against Oregon in 2015 -- very well might have cost the Cardinal CFP and Rose Bowl berths in the past two years.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Committee clearly didn't care about head-to-head with Louisville and Florida State. Cardinals destroyed FSU and had two fewer ACC losses than the Noles yet is two slots lower than FSU because of losses to Houston and Kentucky at season's end. So FSU gets Capital One Orange Bowl. Strange

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's football team is about to take the court at halftime of the basketball game with some nice hardware...

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado finishes No. 10 but won't be headed to the New Year's Six. Still, an exceptional season from Mike MacIntyre and the Buffaloes that no one -- outside of Boulder -- saw coming.

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FINAL CFP Rankings: 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Ohio St 4. Washington 5. Penn State 6. Michigan 7. Oklahoma 8. Wisconsin 9. USC 10. Colorado

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

How did J.T. Barrett find out Ohio State was heading to the College Football Playoff? "I was at my house, watching by myself and eating some chicken wings," Barrett said with a smile. "I wasn't really nervous."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Western Michigan gets its trip to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The Broncos were ranked 15th in this week's poll and will try to keep the Group of Five undefeated(Boise State in 2014, Houston 2015) in the NY6 bowls in playoff era.