The schedule for New Year's Six bowl games is becoming more clear each week, and the Week 14 College Football Playoff rankings shed light into potential matchups for the six premier bowl games.
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While locations, obviously, do not change for any bowl game, the College Football Playoff national semifinal matchups — this year, the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl — will be determined based upon where teams are ranked in next week's final CFP rankings. For example, if Clemson wins the ACC Championship to secure the No. 1 seed, the Tigers will play the No. 4 seed (currently Wisconsin) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 3 (Oklahoma) teams would go west to play in the Rose Bowl.
If the season were to end today — or if all the higher-ranked teams win their respective conference championships this weekend (if applicable) — here's the schedule for the New Year's Six bowl games.
Cotton Bowl – TCU vs. Penn State
Location: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Date & Time: Friday, Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET
Orange Bowl – Miami (FL) vs. Alabama
Location: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla.
Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 30 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Fiesta Bowl – USC vs. Ohio State
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
Date & Time: Monday, Jan. 1 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedez-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
Date & Time: Monday, Jan. 1 – 8:45 p.m. ET
Location: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
Date & Time: Monday, Jan. 1 – 5:00 p.m. ET