Bowl projections: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State in College Football Playoff field
Another college football season means it's time for another edition of the preseason USA TODAY Sports bowl projections.
The forecast for the College Football Playoff looks similar to previous years. Clemson and Alabama are heavy favorites to win the ACC and SEC, respectively.
Oklahoma has some rebuilding to do on offense, but likely will make it through the Big 12. And Ohio State might struggle on offense initially, but its defense looks stingy enough to hold off Michigan and the other challengers in the Big Ten.
For the rest of the New Year's Six games, the Wolverines settle for the Rose Bowl and a matchup with Washington. Texas and Georgia rematch in the Sugar Bowl. Virginia Tech faces LSU down at the Orange Bowl. And Central Florida again gets the Group of Five slot and meets up with Notre Dame.
A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.