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