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The first bowl domino fell in Las Vegas, where Washington secured a Playoff spot by defeating Oregon. As Saturday’s games approach, get ready to watch the third-seeded Washington go up against the second-seeded Michigan at the Rose Bowl. Meanwhile, the Ducks are shaping up to face Alabama at the Fiesta Bowl. But remember, the New Year’s Six lineup is subjected to change.
Get ready to witness an Ole Miss vs. Iowa showdown at the Citrus Bowl. The Alamo Bowl is gearing up for an Oklahoma–Arizona faceoff, while a Kansas State–NC State match looks to be in the works for the Pop Tarts Bowl. Get the scoop on other projected matchups such as Iowa State-Memphis at the Liberty Bowl and a likely Utah appearance in Las Vegas.
Don’t miss out on the Kentucky–Virginia Tech match leading the charge for the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, with a potential Rutgers appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Keep checking in as we update these projections throughout the weekend. What’s more, the weekend’s championship outcomes could influence many of these scenarios. For instance, if Oklahoma State defeats Texas, Penn State could get knocked out of the New Year’s Six, making a move to the Citrus Bowl.
Stay ahead of the game with these interesting facts:
• All 82 qualifiers are known, and the matchups will be revealed on Sunday. Minnesota is the only 5-7 team to qualify, with the best Academic Progress Report (APR).
• The Rose and Sugar bowls serve as CFP semifinals, while the Orange Bowl either features the ACC champion or the highest-ranked remaining ACC team.
• Bowls rarely choose teams in order of conference standings, and ESPN Events handles the selection for 18 bowls.
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