College football bowls: New Year's Six matchups announced
The lineup for the sextet of bowl games — known as the New Year's Six — selected by the College Football Playoff committee has been announced.
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The participants in the two Playoff semifinals were first revealed, with No. 1 Alabama meeting No. 4 Washington in Atlanta for the Peach Bowl while No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State will travel west for the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The winners of those two games will then meet in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 9.
The other four games are as follows:
In the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30, No. 6 Michigan will take on No. 11 Florida State. The Wolverines went 10-2 but missed out on the Big Ten Championship Game thanks to a pair of late-season losses, while Florida State went 9-3, ending the regular season with an impressive win against SEC East champion Florida.
Orange Bowl:— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) December 4, 2016
Florida State vs. Michigan
Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/8OLA4w1ubt
As the highest-ranking Group of Five winner, unbeaten MAC champion and No. 15 Western Michigan received an automatic bid to the Cotton Bowl — the first of three Jan. 2 games — and will get a chance to show what it's truly made of against Big Ten runner-up and No. 8 Wisconsin.
Cotton Bowl:— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) December 4, 2016
Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/bJiABVLPBt
The team that topped the Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game, No. 5 Penn State, will compete in the Rose Bowl after being the first team missing out on a Playoff spot. That game will come against No. 9 Southern California, which lost three of its first four games to start the year but completely turned things around, winning eight straight including a win at Washington.
Rose Bowl:— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) December 4, 2016
USC vs. Penn State
Jan. 2, 5 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/MowGJQmrIB
Finally, Big 12 champion Oklahoma will take on No. 14 Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. The No. 7 Sooners' Playoff hopes were all but dashed by Week 3 after losing two of their first three games, but they caught fire from there, rattling off a 9-0 record in conference play. Meanwhile, Auburn was one of the most pleasant surprises this season after only receiving 22 votes in the preseason AP poll. However, the Tigers come into the game in New Orleans losers of two of their last three.
Sugar Bowl:— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) December 4, 2016
Auburn vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/eecaxFb56c
Times, TV info and locations can be found in the table below:
|Orange Bowl (12/30)||No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State||8 p.m.||Miami||ESPN|
|Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) (12/31)||No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||ESPN|
|Peach Bowl (semifinal) (12/31)||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Washington||3 p.m.||Atlanta||ESPN|
|Cotton Bowl (1/2)||No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Western Michigan||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||ESPN|
|Rose Bowl (1/2)||No. 5 Penn State vs. No. 9 Southern California||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||ESPN|
|Sugar Bowl (1/2)||No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Auburn||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans||ESPN|