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College Bowl game run-down is set

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Everything sorted out Sunday with the College Football Playoff revealing it’s final four and then, the “New Year’s Six” bowl games being locked in place.

Then, all of the other bowls eventually filled out Sunday afternoon, too.

Here’s the recap:

As expected, Oklahoma, the Big XII champs, grabbed the final CFP #4 spot and will play #1 Alabama, the SEC champs, in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in a semi-final game on Saturday December 29th. #2 Clemson, the ACC title winner, will play #3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the other semi-final later that night.

So that gave way to fill out the New Year’s Six Bowls this way:

The Gators will play Michigan in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, also on Saturday 12/29. Then, UCF enters “the big time” for the second straight year with their 25 game win streak, and will play LSU January 1st in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. The Knights stunned Auburn in the Peach Bowl last January first to complete their 13-0 season.

Later in the day Big Ten champ Ohio State will meet Pac 12 winner Washington in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. And New Year’s night concludes with a “runners-up game” from Saturday with Georgia and Texas battling in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

As we mentioned above, once that process concluded, the other bowls involving prominent Florida schools and sites filled out this way:

USF ended up agreeing to play in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday night December 20 against Marshall.

FIU will play Toledo in the Bahamas Bowl the next afternoon, 12/21 in Nassau.

The Miami Hurricanes accepted a bid to rematch Wisconsin (who beat them in the Orange Bowl game last year) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday afternoon 12/27 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY.

The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville will be the final college football game of 2018 calendar year, as it will be played New Year’s Eve between N.C. State and Texas A&M at TIAA Bank Field.

New Year’s Day will see the first game of 2019 with Mississippi State playing Iowa back at Raymond James Stadium at noon. And, the Citrus Bowl will have Kentucky playing Penn State at 1 p.m. at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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