The inaugural College Football Playoff's field is set. We knew Alabama and Oregon will be the top two seeds. We know the Tide will host in Nola and the Ducks are going to Pasadena. We know Florida State's in. And we now the fourth spot is Ohio State over Baylor and TCU.
We've also got an idea of how the rest of bowl season shakes out. The committee's expected rankings, each bowl's conference ties, and a notion of how college football works can get you close to guessing how December and January will look.
As for the big question, it was surely close. TCU already ranked No. 3 and beat Iowa State by 52 points. Baylor added a ranked win over Kansas State and could finally get head-to-head credit over the Frogs.
College Football Playoff
But it's the Buckeyes. Ohio State will have beaten as many ranked teams as Baylor did and one more than TCU did, and OSU's were away from home by multiple scores. OSU played 10 bowl teams in 13 games, compared to TCU's seven in 12 and Baylor's six in 12. And Saturday, Ohio State beat former No. 13 Wisconsin, 59-0.
I've spared you the conference orders and so forth, but if you're interested, those are now in the comments here.
*: Filling another conference's spot
|Rose||No. 2 Oregon||No. 3 Florida State||1/1/2015||Pasadena, CA|
|Sugar||No. 1 Alabama||No. 4 Ohio State||1/1/2015||New Orleans, LA|
|New Year's bowl||Date||Location|
|Cotton||Baylor||Michigan State||1/1/2015||Arlington, TX|
|Fiesta||Boise State||Arizona||12/31/2014||Glendale, AZ|
|Orange||Georgia Tech||Mississippi State||12/31/2014||Miami, FL|
|Peach||TCU||Ole Miss||12/31/2014||Atlanta, GA|
|GoDaddy||Toledo||Arkansas State||1/4/2015||Mobile, AL|
|Birmingham||East Carolina||Florida||1/3/2015||Birmingham, AL|
|Alamo||Kansas State||UCLA||1/2/2015||San Antonio, TX|
|Armed Forces||Houston||Pitt*||1/2/2015||Fort Worth, TX|
|Cactus||Oklahoma State||Washington||1/2/2015||Tempe, AZ|
|Music City||Notre Dame||LSU||12/30/2014||Nashville, TN|
|Foster Farms||Maryland||Stanford||12/30/2014||Santa Clara, CA|
|Liberty||West Virginia||Texas A&M||12/29/2014||Memphis, TN|
|Russell Athletic||Clemson||Oklahoma||12/29/2014||Orlando, FL|
|Holiday||Nebraska||USC||12/27/2014||San Diego, CA|
|Independence||Miami||South Carolina||12/27/2014||Shreveport, LA|
|Military||Cincinnati||Virginia Tech||12/27/2014||Annapolis, MD|
|Pinstripe||Boston College||Penn State||12/27/2014||New York, NY|
|Sun||Duke||Arizona State||12/27/2014||El Paso, TX|
|Bitcoin||UCF||NC State||12/26/2014||St. Petersburg, FL|
|Quick Lane||North Carolina||Rutgers||12/26/2014||Detroit, MI|
|Heart of Dallas||Illinois||Louisiana Tech||12/26/2014||Dallas, TX|
|Bahamas||Western Kentucky||Central Michigan||12/24/2014||Nassau, BS|
|Hawaii||Rice||Fresno State||12/24/2014||Honolulu, HI|
|Boca||Marshall||Northern Illinois||12/23/2014||Boca Raton, FL|
|Poinsettia||San Diego State||Navy||12/23/2014||San Diego, CA|
|Miami Beach||Memphis||BYU||12/22/2014||Miami, FL|
|Camellia||Bowling Green||South Alabama||12/20/2014||Montgomery, AL|
|Las Vegas||Colorado State||Utah||12/20/2014||Las Vegas, NV|
|New Mexico||UTEP||Utah State||12/20/2014||Albuquerque, NM|
|New Orleans||Louisiana-Lafayette||Nevada||12/20/2014||New Orleans, LA|
|Potato||Western Michigan||Air Force||12/20/2014||Boise, ID|