The latest in the postseason game and the college football bowl on Sunday (all Eastern periods):

3:30 p.m

No. 9 Penn State will face No. 12 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Nittany Lions and Huskies finished 10-2 and will face off at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30. Penn State was No. 9 in the last College Playoff Rating and Washington was No. 11.

Penn State and Washington were playoff contenders before the midseason defeats left them out of the race.

The Nittany Lions reached No. 2 in the AP's TOP 25, but lost Ohio State 39-38 on October 28 and to the state of Michigan the following week.

Washington was number 5 on the AP poll when it surprisingly lost 13-7 to Arizona State on October 14. The Huskies also lost to Stanford before closing the season with two wins.

Penn State has never lost on six previous trips to the Fiesta Bowl, although its last appearance was in 1997. Washington is making its debut at the Fiesta Bowl.


3: 22 pm

Ohio State returns to the stadium where the Buckeyes won the first Colle ge Playoff Championship under the current system.

The Buckeyes Big Ten Buckeyes will play in the Cotton Bowl on December 29 against the Pac-12 champion Southern California. That's a pairing of 11-2 teams that have met at the Rose Bowl seven times.

In 2014, the first season of the four-team CFP, Ohio State reached the national championship and beat Oregon 42 -20 at AT & T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys that has hosted the Cotton Bowl since the season 2009.

Ohio State and USC have played at the Cotton Bowl only once, both when the game was played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

USC beat Texas Tech 55-14 at the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1995. Ohio State won 28-12 over Texas A & M on New Year's Day 1987.


3:20 pm

Call this Distraction Bowl.

The Peach Bowl includes Central Florida coach Scott Frost, who is going to Nebraska, and Auburn, Gus Malzahn, who has doubts about whether he will stay with the Tigers.

The undefeated, 10th ranked Knight (12-0, No. 12 CFP) will play the title game of the Southeastern Conference runne It is at the 7th Auburn (10-3, No. 7 CFP) the January 1

Frost was hired as Nebraska's coach shortly after UCF won 62-55, double overtime with Memphis to capture American Atletico. Conference title Frost has said he will train his team in the bowl game.

Malzahn's team fell to Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday amid questions that it is the target for the vacant Arkansas position.

It should lead to a lot of questions for both teams not related to the next bowl game.


3:09 pm

Miami will stay at home for the bowl season, and will meet Wisconsin at the Orange Bowl on December 30. [19659006] The Hurricanes (10-2) will go to the Orange Bowl for the tenth time and play at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami playing field. Miami is on a two-game losing streak, but gets the job after being the top-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference team that is not part of the American Football playoff.

Wisconsin (12-1) comes from its first loss of the season, dropping 27-21 to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That loss probably kept the Badgers out of the CFP field.

The Hurricanes and the Badgers have not played in eight years, and that was at the Champs Sports Bowl. Both have strong defenses, with Wisconsin ranking No. 1 nationally in yards allowed in second place in points allowed.


3:05 pm

Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer recognizes the unilateral nature of Buckeyes' 55-24 defeat in Iowa overcame his team's quality victories to the eyes of the College Football tiebreaker selection committee.

Alabama beat Ohio State for the last place in the tiebreaker. Says Meyer: "In short, we had a tough road loss, in my opinion, a very good team, but a great defeat."

Ohio State won the Big Ten and had three team victories (Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State) ranked higher in the playoff standings than the No. 17 LSU, the best team to lose to Alabama.

Meyer says that each season is now like March Madness from the first day.


2: 40 pm

The Big 12 will have a great bowl bonanza, led by Oklahoma, which will go to the Rose Bowl as part of the college football heat.

The smallest of the 10 Division I conferences will have the highest percentage of bowl teams.

Eight of the top 10 teams of the Big 12 – or 80 percent – will go to a bowl game. Only Kansas and Baylor, both 1-11, could not qualify.

The league that can get closer to that is the Pac-12, with nine of its 12 teams, or 75 percent, reaching the six victories needed for the bowl. eligibility.

While ACC and Conference USA could have up to 10 of the 14 teams from each of those leagues in the bowls, that's only 71 percent.

There were only six Big 12 teams that went to the year bowl, but this will be the third time in the seven seasons since he moved to a league of 10 teams that at least eight will play in postseason games. In 2012, a record of nine Big 12 teams achieved it.


2:10 pm

The playoff selection committee has released its full top-25, with the rest of the main bowl pairings yet to come. [19659006] The best-qualified Pac-12 team was southern California with eight. It's the first time that a Power Five conference does not have a team in the top seven.

Washington moved to 11th place and that will be good enough for the Pac-12 to be a second team, along with the USC champion, in the six-ball New Year's game. It is likely that the Huskies go to the Cotton Bowl.

Alabama beat Ohio State to take fourth place in the playoffs. Alabama defeated only two teams in the top 25 of the committee: LSU at 17 and Mississippi State at 23. Alabama is also the first team to reach the tiebreaker after losing its last game.


1:35 pm [19659006] Oklahoma and Georgia are heading west to play their college football Playoff semifinal in the 104th Rose Bowl.

The Sooners (12-1) were the second seed in the field of four teams announced by the selection committee on Sunday, while the Bulldogs (12-1) were third.

The Rose Bowl will be played without a team from any of its traditional Pac-12 or Big Ten conferences for the first time since January 3, 2002.

While the world of college football discussed the decision of the committee On the fourth team in the tiebreaker, no one doubts the credentials of the two star programs that meet for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All.

Georgia earned a spot with its first SEC title since 2005 under second-year coach Kirby Smart, crowned by a 28-7 victory over Auburn in the conference championship game on Saturday.

Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with a 41-17 victory over TCU on Saturday, scoring an incredible season under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley. The Sooners will be led by agile fuselage quarterback Baker Mayfield, the likely winner of the Heisman Trophy.


12:55 p.m.

Alabama outperformed the State of Ohio for the final spot on the American League football field. The reward of Crimson Tide is a rematch to the playoffs against defending national champion Clemson at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 1.

The inclusion of Clemson as the first seed since the Tigers (12-1) were No. 1 in the previous ranking of the CFP and then defeated Miami 38-3 in the game for the ACC title was expected. Saturday.

The inclusion of Alabama (11-1) was much more controversial. The fourth seed, Alabama, did not even win the Southeast West Conference after losing to Auburn in the final game of the regular season, but it was impressive until that loss.

Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 in the game for the national championship last season. The Tigers have returned to the CFP with a dominant defense and the appearance of junior quarterback Kelly Bryant.


12:45 pm

Alabama is inside.

The crimson tide was cleared by Ohio State and will play Clemson in the Football College tiebreaker on January 1 at the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma and Georgia will meet at the Rose Bowl on the same day.

Tide or Buckeyes was the question facing the selection committee, the toughest decision in the four-year history of the playoffs.

The Tide had been more consistent and they lost only once. The Buckeyes lost twice, including an embarrbading 31-point loss to an unclbadified Iowa, but they have the most impressive set of wins. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its division of the Southeast Conference.

The committee rolled with Tide, and for the first time the tie-break will include two teams from the same conference. Alabama joins the SEC Georgia champion and a SEC title game is possible.


12:15 p. M.

The voters of Associated Press prefer Alabama by Ohio State.

In the top 25 final of the regular season, the Crimson Tide was No. 4 and the Buckeyes were No. 5. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were revealed. The team that gets the last place in the last four sparked a debate between Crimson Tide and Buckeyes. In the AP media survey, Alabama received 1,307 points for the 1,300 from the state of Ohio.

Clemson finished the regular season no. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia.

Wisconsin was No. 6, followed by Auburn, Southern California, Penn State and UCF. The 10th-ranked Knights are the last undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and equaled their best ranking. UCF ended the 2013 season.



College football has a different type of selection on Sunday, a smaller group and dozens of other games that make people discuss how much they matter.

The alignment of the bowl enters in its place with the selection of the teams that participate in the university football jump-off. The tiebreakers selection committee reveals its four finalists and then sets the pairings for the rest of the main New Year bowls.

Three of the four main selections are ingenious: Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. The last place is likely to reach Alabama or the state of Ohio.

After the six New Year's dishes, including the semifinals, have been established, the rest of the bowl formations come together throughout the day. There are 39 games in total, and 81 teams are eligible this year.


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