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Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin said some players during the Selection Show showed some disappointment over not getting into the College Football Playoff, "but 99 percent of the guys in there were excited."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is perfectly fine with the College Football Playoff field at four teams. "We have the best sport out there because every game truly matters," Swinney said. "If we keep expanding, the season will get watered down and we become the NFL."

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 State, 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.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimbo Fisher doubts Florida State star safety Derwin James will play against Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl, but he said he'll talk to James about playing soon.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

No doubt the most intriguing non-New Year's Six bowl involving an SEC team, to me, is the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville. Seeing QB Lamar Jackson go up against the LSU defense should be fun to watch.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, who's currently an Alabama offensive analyst, will have the same role in planning for the Huskies that he would for any other game. Says that the only insight into Washington is knowledge of the players he might've recruited.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban said he doesn't see having former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on staff as an analyst as an advantage, pointing out that it's been a while since he was there. Beyond having some knowledge of players from recruiting "He'll have the same role in this game he's had in every other game," Saban said.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Peterson says, "The time change will be the least of our problems against Alabama."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State's trip to the National Funding Holiday Bowl will be the Cougars' most prestigious bowl appearance since 2003, when they also went to San Diego. The Cougars beat then-No. 5 Texas 28-20 in that game, which was remembered, oddly, for the performance of punter Kyle Basler, who won defensive MVP honors.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's lead-up to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Dec. 27 against Boise State, looks set to rate as one of the strangest in postseason history. Interim coach Jim Grobe is on his way out. Some of the assistants figure to get new jobs this month. A coaching hire, presumably, will serve as the priority for program that needs desperately to recruit. As for the players, it's safe to wonder about their motivation level after six straight losses.

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.