2015 College Football Playoff and bowl projections, from Ohio State-Bama on down by Jason Kirk @JasonKirkSBN

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Hey, they're gonna do the College Football Playoff again. And there are gonna be dozens of other bowl games again.

None of it's happening for a while, but college football's getting pretty close, so we should start guessing where everybody will end up, if that's OK with you. Some people don't like guessing, but that's cool.

Below are my guesses, based on an offseason of reading Bill Connelly's team previews and lots of other stuff, then going through each FBS team's schedule, game by game -- I picked your team to beat your biggest rival -- and then being unhappy with LSU's record, no matter how much I changed it.

Let's do this by group. First, the three biggest games of the year, where three or four teams were kind of obvious eight months ago, making you wonder what the point of the offseason was anyway. Oh, right, Jim Harbaugh not wearing a shirt that one time. That was the point.

College Football Playoff

National Championship Ohio State Alabama January 11 Glendale, AZ Cotton winner vs. Orange winner
Cotton No. 2 Alabama No. 3 Oregon December 31 Arlington, TX Playoff committee's top four
Orange No. 1 Ohio State No. 4 TCU December 31 Miami, FL Playoff committee's top four

That's a pretty conventional top four, but I'm not gonna force somebody up there just to be different.

  • Ohio State might be the most obvious championship pick in the last century of college football. No, seriously; they're the first unanimous Associated Press preseason No. 1 ever, which covers 79 years. Urban Meyer returns almost everyone from a dominant champion, has a friendly schedule and has so many star quarterbacks, he moved one to receiver.
  • Alabama feels like a default, despite so much being in doubt. So much talent to again replace. Quarterback is a mystery. But, as Bill wrote in his SEC rankings, a finish outside the top 10 for anybody else in the SEC wouldn't be a surprise. For the Tide, it would. With a big name and a big-name schedule (out of division: Wisconsin, at Georgia, Tennessee, hypothetical SEC East champ), a one-loss Bama would be in.
  • Oregon is the one I'm the least confident in. The Ducks will be great, and an Oregon QB competition isn't that worrisome, but the Pac-12 is hard. If Oregon loses at Michigan State, that means the Ducks might have to win 10 Pac-12 games in a row.
  • Baylor might be better than TCU again, but the Frogs host. And that trip to Minnesota makes TCU's schedule look so much tougher than Baylor's, whether it's that big of a deal or not. Yes, the Playoff will be exactly like 2014 every year forever.
  • More importantly, we'd finally get the Alabama-Oregon game we've thirsted over for almost a decade now.

I almost published this with Notre Dame up there, btw.

New Year's Six bowls

Fiesta Boise State Notre Dame January 1 Glendale, AZ Playoff committee's at-large
Rose Michigan State UCLA January 1 Pasadena, CA Big Ten 1 vs. Pac-12 1
Sugar Baylor Ole Miss January 1 New Orleans, LA Big 12 1 vs. SEC 1
Peach Florida State Auburn December 31 Atlanta, GA Playoff committee's at-large

This year, the rotation sets up so that there are only four totally open spots. Once we know the Playoff, we'll likely know how half the other Playoff committee games set up. And with both of those open bowls on different sides of the country, it should be pretty obvious who's going where.

  • Boise State might lack the schedule to get into the Playoff even at 13-0 (that exact thing probably would've happened in a 2009 Playoff). The Broncos annihilating people who turn in mediocre records, then playing a big name in the Fiesta Bowl: the Playoff is a totally different era.
  • Could Michigan State beat the Pac-12's two division champs and only lose to the No. 1 team, all without making the Playoff? It could. I believe it'll be a long time before one conference gets two teams in.
  • Hey, it's Ole Miss in a huge bowl against a Big 12 team. Nothing will go wrong.
  • A young FSU emerges from a debacle of an ACC (seriously, figuring out ACC wins and losses took about as much time as everyone else combined) to get a 2013 BCS rematch with Auburn, and any Tigers fans disappointed with nine or 10 wins suddenly have a bowl worth caring about.

Everything else

As always, conference affiliations are not necessarily based on standings.

Alamo Oklahoma USC January 2 San Antonio, TX Big 12 2 vs. Pac-12 2
Cactus Kansas State Cal January 2 Tempe, AZ Big 12 6 vs. Pac-12 7
Liberty Oklahoma State LSU January 2 Memphis, TN Big 12 5 vs. SEC 3-8
TaxSlayer Minnesota Arkansas January 2 Jacksonville, FL ACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8
Citrus Michigan Georgia January 1 Orlando, FL Big Ten 2-4 vs. SEC 2
Outback Nebraska Texas A&M January 1 Tampa, FL Big Ten 2-4 vs. SEC 3-8
Belk Louisville Tennessee December 30 Charlotte, NC ACC 3-6 vs. SEC 3-8
Birmingham Houston South Carolina December 30 Birmingham, AL American vs. SEC 9
Holiday Wisconsin Arizona State December 30 San Diego, CA Big Ten 2-4 vs. Pac-12 3
Music City Clemson Florida December 30 Nashville, TN ACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8
Armed Forces Maryland Air Force December 29 Fort Worth, TX Big Ten vs. MWC
Russell Athletic Georgia Tech Texas December 29 Orlando, FL ACC 2 vs. Big 12 3
Texas West Virginia Missouri December 29 Houston, TX Big 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8
Military North Carolina Navy December 28 Annapolis, MD ACC vs. American
Quick Lane Pitt Memphis December 28 Detroit, MI ACC vs. Big Ten
Foster Farms Iowa Arizona December 26 Santa Clara, CA Big Ten 5-7 vs. Pac-12 4
Heart of Dallas Miami Marshall December 26 Dallas, TX Big 12 7 vs. C-USA
Independence Duke Mississippi State December 26 Shreveport, LA ACC vs. SEC (C-USA backup)
Pinstripe Virginia Tech Penn State December 26 New York, NY ACC 3-6 vs. Big Ten 5-7
St. Petersburg Temple Rice December 26 St. Petersburg, FL American vs. C-USA
Sun NC State Stanford December 26 El Paso, TX ACC 3-6 vs. Pac-12 5
Bahamas Middle Tennessee Akron December 24 Nassau, BS C-USA vs. MAC 4/5
Hawaii Old Dominion BYU December 24 Honolulu, HI C-USA vs. MWC/BYU
GoDaddy Toledo Georgia Southern December 23 Mobile, AL MAC 1 vs. Sun Belt 2
Poinsettia San Diego State Texas State December 23 San Diego, CA MWC vs. Army
Boca Raton UCF Bowling Green December 22 Boca Raton, FL American vs. MAC
Potato Northern Illinois Colorado State December 22 Boise, ID MAC 2 vs. MWC
Miami Beach Cincinnati Western Kentucky December 21 Miami, FL American vs. C-USA
Camelia Western Michigan Appalachian State December 19 Montgomery, AL MAC 3 vs. Sun Belt 3
Cure East Carolina Louisiana-Lafayette December 19 Orlando, FL American vs. Sun Belt
Las Vegas Utah State Utah December 19 Las Vegas, NV MWC 1/BYU vs. Pac-12 6
New Mexico UTEP New Mexico December 19 Albuquerque, NM C-USA vs. MWC
New Orleans Arkansas State San Jose State December 19 New Orleans, LA Sun Belt 1 vs. MWC

As always, my bias in picking these is in favor of rivalry. Tell me Minnesota fans wouldn't start lining up right now for a crack at Bret Bielema.

I'll do these every Sunday all season. That means my Twitter mentions until each Wednesday will be people calling me a joke clown journalist clickbait with no credibility who didn't do any research, which is fine. Talking sports online is fun!