Bowl projections: Alabama, Ohio State on track for title game

Herbstreit: Same old stuff from Alabama (3:02)

Kirk Herbstreit joins Scott Van Pelt to explain how Alabama was able to dominate USC in the season opener, how the quarterback situation shakes out for the Crimson Tide and where the Trojans go from here. (3:02)

(Note: All times Eastern)

College Football Playoff semifinals

College Football Playoff at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Saturday, Dec. 31, TBD (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Houston
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Houston

College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 31, TBD (ESPN)

Schlabach: Florida State vs. Ohio State
McMurphy: Florida State vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff National Championship

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, TBD (ESPN)

Schlabach: Alabama vs. Ohio State
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Bowl schedule

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

University Stadium, Albuquerque
Dec. 17, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Air Force vs. UTEP
McMurphy: Utah State vs. UTEP

Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Boise State vs. USC
McMurphy: Boise State vs. Arizona State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: South Alabama vs. Bowling Green
McMurphy: South Alabama vs. Toledo

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando
Dec. 17, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Schlabach: Connecticut vs. Troy
McMurphy: UCF vs. Georgia Southern

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Dec. 17, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. Southern Miss
McMurphy: UL Lafayette vs. Southern Miss

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park, Miami
Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Memphis vs. Akron
McMurphy: Cincinnati vs. Bowling Green

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Dec. 20, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Louisiana Tech vs. South Florida
McMurphy: Marshall vs. Memphis

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Dec. 21, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: BYU vs. San Diego State
McMurphy: BYU vs. San Diego State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Nevada vs. Toledo
McMurphy: New Mexico vs. Northern Illinois

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Dec. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Old Dominion vs. Temple
McMurphy: Louisiana Tech vs. Tulsa

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: West Virginia vs. Navy
McMurphy: West Virginia vs. Navy

Dollar General Bowl

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

Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. Western Michigan
McMurphy: Appalachian State vs. Western Michigan

Hawai'i Bowl

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

Schlabach: Marshall vs. New Mexico
McMurphy: Middle Tennessee vs. Air Force

St. Petersburg Bowl

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

Schlabach: Duke vs. Tulsa
McMurphy: Boston College vs. South Florida

Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit
Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Syracuse vs. Indiana
McMurphy: NC State vs. Illinois

Camping World Independence Bowl

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Dec. 26, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Schlabach: NC State vs. Kansas State
McMurphy: Wake Forest vs. Washington State

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Dec. 27, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Minnesota vs. Western Kentucky
McMurphy: Penn State vs. Western Kentucky

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia Tech vs. East Carolina
McMurphy: Georgia Tech vs. SMU

Holiday Bowl

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Dec. 27, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
McMurphy: Michigan State vs. UCLA

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Chase Field, Phoenix
Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Colorado vs. Texas Tech
McMurphy: Arizona vs. Texas Tech

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Dec. 28, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
McMurphy: Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando
Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Louisville vs. TCU
McMurphy: Louisville vs. Oklahoma State

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. (FOX)

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

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston
Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
McMurphy: TCU vs. Auburn

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Cincinnati vs. Army
McMurphy: Connecticut vs. Colorado

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: LSU vs. North Carolina
McMurphy: Arkansas vs. Miami

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio
Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Texas vs. UCLA
McMurphy: Oklahoma vs. Oregon

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee
Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

Schlabach: Baylor vs. South Carolina
McMurphy: Baylor vs. South Carolina

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
Dec. 30, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State
McMurphy: North Carolina vs. USC

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Auburn vs. Miami
McMurphy: Ole Miss vs. Iowa

Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Clemson vs. Notre Dame
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Texas A&M

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Dec. 30, TBD

Schlabach: Middle Tennessee vs. Utah State
McMurphy: Texas San Antonio vs. Nevada

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Iowa vs. Tennessee
McMurphy: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

TaxSlayer Bowl

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Nebraska vs. Florida
McMurphy: Virginia Tech vs. LSU

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Schlabach: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
McMurphy: Nebraska vs. Florida

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Washington vs. Texas A&M
McMurphy: Washington vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Jan. 2, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Michigan vs. Stanford
McMurphy: Michigan vs. Stanford

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Oklahoma
McMurphy: Georgia vs. Texas