College Football Notes – Dec. 4, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
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The Tuesday, Dec. 5, Press Conference for the 60th NFF Annual Awards ceremonies feature new NFF College Hall of Fame inductees Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk, Kirk Gibson, Matt Leinart, Brian Urlacher, and coach Steve Spurrier, among others at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City. Spurrier is one of just five players in history to be selected the NFF College Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. Also on hand were the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class, finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, NFF major award recipients, Steve Hatchell, NFF President & CEO; Kathleen Murphy, President, Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments and NFF Vice Chairwoman; Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America Executive Director; Dennis Thomas, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner joined by the MEAC offensive and defensive players of the year to be named during festivities, and QB Danny Wuerffel, namesake of the Wuerffel Trophy, 1996 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient and a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame (Florida) inductee.
The finalists for the 2017 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award also are expected to be hand and available to the media. The ceremonies took place at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 – site of the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner the night of Dec. 5. The 2017 MEAC Players of the Year will be announced Tuesday along with the ’17 Wuerffel Trophy winner. Also earlier Monday, the Ivy League denoted its Asa S. Bushnell Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in a news conference sponsored by the Rose Bowl. They were Princeton QB Chad Kanoff and Yale LB Matthew Oplinger, respectively.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 4-10 time period are Dec. 4 (1901) Adam Walsh, Churchville, Iowa; (1908) Tommy Yarr, Dabob, Wash.; (1931) Roy Kidd, Corbin, Ky.; (1942) Frank Emanuel, Clio, S.C.; Dec. 5 (1892) Jim Phelan, Sacramento, Calif.; (1927) Frosty Westering, Council Bluffs, Iowa; (1936) Tom Brown, Albert Lea, Minn.; (1936) John Wooten, Carlsbad, N.M.; (1947) Jim Plunkett, San Jose, Calif.; (1952) Jim Tressel, Mentor, Ohio; (1955) Art Still, Camden, N.J.; (1957) Art Monk, White Plains, N.Y.; (1963) Larry Station, Omaha, Neb.; Dec. 6 (1893) Lou Little, Leominster, Mass.; (1898) Benny Lee Boynton, Waco, Texas; (1918) Nick Drahos, Ford City, Pa.; (1921) Otto Graham, Waukegan, Ill.; Dec. 7 (1888) Hamilton Fish, Garrison, N.Y.; Dec. 8 (1914) Bobby Grayson, Portland, Ore.; (1941) Bob Brown, Cleveland, Ohio; (1958) George Rogers, Duluth, Ga.; Dec. 9 (1892) Forrest Geyer, Southaven, Kan.; (1898) Duke Slater, Normal, Ill.; (1942) Dick Butkus, Chicago, Ill.; (1947) Steve Owens, Gore, Okla.; (1955) Jim Haslett, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Dec. 10 (1883) Jesse Harper, Paw Paw, Ill.; (1916) Parker Hall, Tunica, Miss.; (1933) Larry Morris, Decatur, Ga.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. 4 (1975) Jack Mollenkopf, West Lafayette, Ind.; Dec. 6 (2010) Don Meredith, Santa Fe, N.M.; Dec. 7 (2001) Charles McClendon, Baton Rouge, La.; (2006) Jackie Parker, Edmonton, Canada; (2014) Charlie Flowers, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 9 (1956) Calvin Jones, Hope, British Columbia, Canada; Dec. 10 (1944) Joe Routt, In Combat in Belgium, World War II; (1967) Bernie Shively, Lexington, Ky.; (2007) George Morris, Highlands, N.C.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 4 Roy Kidd (a spry 86), Frank Emanuel, Dec. 5 John Wooten (a spry 81), Jim Plunkett, Jim Tressel, Art Still, Art Monk, Larry Station, Dec. 8 Bob Brown, George Rogers, Dec. 9 Dick Butkus, Steve Owens, Jim Haslett…
The 135th Harvard-Yale game will be played at historic Fenway Park in Boston in 2018. It is the first time since 1912 the game has been played on a site other than the two universities’ campus stadiums…Louisiana-Monroe has scheduled non-conference matchups at LSU and Kentucky in 2012…Boise State has added a home-and-home series with Washington State in 2026 and ‘27, Houston in 2021 and 2024, East Carolina in 2026 and 2028, Georgia Southern in 2020 and 2024, and single 2019 game with Portland State…Georgia and San Jose State will play in a 2021 non-conference clash…Houston: has added another home-and-home series for two games with BYU…Bowling Green has added a game with Morgan State in 2019…Kansas and Houston have a two-game series slated for 2022 and ’23…Boise State and Oregon State also will meet in 2022 and ’23…Football-famous Carson-Newman (Tenn.) had the distinction of making it to the NAIA playoffs for seven consecutive seasons from 1986-92 and then moving to NCAA Division II to continue the postseason skein from 1993-99.
Michigan football helped gather 55 million tons of recyclable material at 2017 home games…North Carolina, East Carolina, UNC Wilmington, and UNC Greensboro athletics combined to hold a basketball scrimmage in Chapel Hill, N.C., to assist the Governor’s Disaster Fund for autumn storm repairs in the state…Rice athletics has continued to support the weekly Rice Farmers Market with usage of Rice Stadium parking lots and other facilities…The award-winning art deco program cover for the 1932 USC-Stanford game was featured in a Denver Post remembrance Tweet.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has left the Seminoles program to sign a 10-year contract with Texas A&M in the top coaching position…After guiding UCF to a school-record 12-0 start, head coach Scott Frost is taking the head coaching position at Nebraska – his alma mater. In fact, Frost was quarterback for the Huskers in the first Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship in 1996. He also started the 1997 season opener for NU against Akron, and the Huskers 2018 season-opening opponent with Frost at the helm is against Akron in Lincoln. Frost has signed a seven-year guaranteed contract…Mississippi State named former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead head coach to replace Dan Mullen who accepted the Florida job…Ole Miss elevated interim head coach Matt Luke to permanent mentor for the 2018 season…Washington’s co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith has been chosen as head coach at Oregon State; Iowa State gave head coach Matt Campbell a six-year contract extension…Rice head coach David Bailiff has finished his tenure after 11 seasons with the Owls, and possible replacements for consideration have been former Houston head coach Tony Levine, former Rice QB and longtime college assistant Kurt Roper, Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson, and Stanford offensive coordinator David Blomgren, among others…Longtime Oklahoma State head coach and QB standout Mike Gundy asked to have his name withdrawn after interviewing for the head post at Tennessee last week…The AFCA 2017 Assistant Coaches of the Year and their divisions are NCAAFBS – Van Malone, Defensive Coordinator, SMU; FCS – Brian Rock, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Holy Cross; Division II – Taylor Breitzman, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; Division III – Oscar Rodriguez, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Secondary, La Verne; NAIA – Billy Hickman, Offensive Coordinator, Tabor College…Several sources have repudiated a report that SMU head coach Chad Morris was on the short list for the Tennessee coaching opening. Former Texas A&M and Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin and former Texas Tech and current Washington State head coach Mike Leach have withdrawn their names from UT consideration…Former NFL head coach and California/San Diego State standout DB as well as television analyst Herm Edwards was dubbed the No. 1 candidate for the head coaching position at Arizona State…Former Arizona State head coach Todd Graham is expected to be named offensive coordinator at Florida…Incarnate Word head coach Larry Kennan will not return for 2018…NC State head coach Dave Doeren and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm have removed their names for consideration for the Tennessee post…Former Nebraska head coach Mike Riley may be returning to Oregon State where he was head coach from 1997-98, 2003-14 as an assistant or quality control coach…SMU head coach Chad Morris has been mentioned as a possible candidate for several head coaching openings, including his alma mater Texas A&M…Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert is set to return for the 2018 campaign, and there will be several assistant coaching changes and reassignments…UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez was featured in a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal article about the continued rebuilding process for the Rebels…Former Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen has had negotiations with Utah about an assistant’s position…Oregon has tendered new contract with $20 million in compensation for head coach Willie Taggart…Florida athletics made public the buyout agreement for former head coach Jim McElwain and the new contract for head coach Dan Mullen. The Gators also hired former co-offensive coordinators at Mississippi State Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy…Fresno State athletics is working to keep MWC West Division champion head coach Jeff Tedford for an extended period…Oklahoma head Lincoln Riley became the winningest first-year mentor in OU history at 12-2 prior to the College Football Playoff and is the first head coach in his initial season to capture the Big 12 crown…Greg Knox is serving as interim head coach for Mississippi State at the TaxSlayer Bowl when the Bulldogs meet Louisville at Jacksonville, Fla….Successful Amarillo (Texas) HS head coach Mel Maxfield has resigned…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has built-in coaching financial incentives if his teams win ACC football crowns…Colorado State football is adding assistant coaches to replace some retirees…Davidson will not renew the contract of head coach Paul Nichols…Georgia Southern tabbed interim head coach Chad Lunsford as permanent head coach…Missouri head coach Barry Odom may be looking at a contract extension after guiding the Tigers to six consecutive wins to end the regular season…Corey Hall is the interim head coach at Oregon State…Rutgers head coach Chris Ash had his contract extended through 2022…Current San Diego State special teams’ coordinator and former Montana head coach Bobby Hauck interviewed at his previous school and was renamed head coach last Friday…Interim head coach Odell Haggins guided Florida State to a win over Louisiana-Monroe to get the Seminoles into a bowl game at 6-6 and will guide the team against Southern Miss in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La….Bowling Green associate head coach and defensive coordinator Perry Eliano will not return for the 2018 season…Florida State’s search committee already is seeking applicants for the vacant position…Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple is set to receive a possible contract extension…New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has virtually his entire assistant coaching staff and is slated to bring UCF assistants QB coach Mario Verduzco and RB coach Ryan Held from Orlando to Lincoln…New Mexico offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse and cornerbacks coach Al Simmons have left the program and coaching staff…Tennessee may have some interest in interviewing former LSU and Oklahoma State (now television analyst) head coach Les Miles and former Volunteers quarterback standout Tee Martin for its 2018 head coaching position…Texas Tech special teams coach Joe Robinson has left the staff to pursue other career options…UTSA has replaced offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo on the 2018 coaching staff…Some the nationally known names featured at the 2018 AFCA/NCAA 35 Under 35 Coaches seminar are head coach Andrew Breiner of Fordham along with assistant coaches Jake Brown of Stephen F. Austin, Zohn Burden of Virginia Tech, Tyler Carlton of Western Carolina, Dan Carrel of Houston, and Charles Clark of Oregon.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Northeastern Oklahoma State: Rob Robinson, Liberty, Mo.; Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley, Muleshoe, Texas; Central Oklahoma: Nick Bobeck, Edmond, Okla.; Oklahoma Panhandle State: Russell Gaskamp, Weatherford, Okla.; Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy, Midwest City, Okla.
Tennessee named NFF College Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer director of athletics Dec. 1. Former UT AD John Currie is now on paid administrative leave at the Knoxville university…Debbie Corum has been selected as AD at Southern Utah…Current Tulsa AD and former Vanderbilt football student-athlete Derrick Gragg has been identified as a strong candidate for the AD’s opening at Arkansas…New UTEP AD Jim Senter is concentrating most of his energies on new head coaches for football and men’s basketball…Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock has assured head coach Justin Fuente of continuing support for the highly-successful Hokies football program…Bob Lopez was named associate AD for sport administration and student services at Delaware.
The complete 2017-18 FBS bowl game is online at both ESPN.com and footballfoundation.com links…NC State returned to the CFP rankings last week (Nov. 28) at No. 24 after dropping out for one week…TCU head coach Gary Patterson recalled the 2014 episode when his Horned Frogs dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final CFP rankings and missed a semifinal berth in the national football playoffs…The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl named a 35-man all-time LMAFB Bowl Team to celebrate the 15th annual game on Dec. 23. The link to the entire select team is http://armedforcesbowl.com/our-game/history.
NCAA FBS conference championship games’ results include: Friday, Dec. 1 – Pac-12 presented by Union 76: USC 31, Stanford 28; Saturday, Dec. 2 – American: UCF 62, Memphis 55 (2 OT); Mid-American: Toledo 45, Akron 27; DynaCraft C-USA: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17; Big 12: Oklahoma 41, TCU 17; SEC: Georgia 28, Auburn 7; SWAC Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: Grambling 40, Alcorn State 32; Dr Pepper ACC: Clemson 38, Miami (Fla.) 3; Big Ten: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21; MWC: Boise State 17, Fresno State 14…Previous big upsets in the then-Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship from 1996-2010 were recalled in a Dallas Morning News column. Some of the prime upending memories were Texas over Nebraska in 1996, Texas A&M over Kansas State in overtime in ’98, Kansas State downing Oklahoma in 2003, and Oklahoma knocking Missouri out of a possible Bowl Championship Series berth in 2007…There are 13 scholar-athletes on the 2017 Conference USA InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team. The squad is composed of student-athletes who earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale) and serve as a starter or key reserve for their schools. The roster is selected by a vote of the league’s football media relations directors. Florida Atlantic QB Jason Driskel is one of the highlighted standouts on the squad…MEAC Coach of the Year for ’17 is North Carolina A&T’s Rod Broadway while the Offensive Lineman of the Year is A&T’s Brandon Parker. MEAC Rookie of the Year is Caylin Newton, younger brother of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn and the NFL Carolina Panthers and a standout freshman QB at Howard U…UC San Diego and Cal State Bakersfield will join the Big West Conference in 2020…The Florida Atlantic-North Texas C-USA matchup was the first in C-USA championship annals, and FAU is the fourth team in circuit history to finish the year at 8-0 in loop play…Clemson (six players) and Virginia Tech (four) had the most first-teamers on the 2017 Coaches All-Atlantic Coast Conference squad…Oklahoma now has won 11 of the Big 12 Conference’s 22 football championships and has a pair of record three-peats, including 2015-17 and 2006-08 (all in conference crown games in the 2006-08 era)…Georgia won its first SEC title since 2005 after upending Auburn last Saturday…Grambling broke a string of back-to-back victories in the SWAC championship game by Alcorn State by downing the Braves 40-32 last week at NRG Stadium.
Historian Mike Burrows found a clipping that indicated NFF College Hall of Fame coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame may have been the first college coach to receive a 10-year contract extension. It started in 1925, Rockne passed away in a plane crash in 1931, and the contract called for $100,000 annually – the salary for most FBS assistant coaches in the 2010s…Former North Texas and Denton (Texas) HS quarterback standout Leslie Varner was in attendance as his son Leslie Varner Jr. helped UT Rio Grande Valley upset UNT in men’s basketball last month. Leslie Sr. was featured in a North Texas radio network reminisce…Former Plano (Texas) HS standout on the 1971 state high school championship squad and Texas Tech grad actor Brad Leland is starring as Scrooge in the play A Christmas Carol in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He starred a Texas high school booster in the movie and television versions of Friday Night Lights…The NFL Cincinnati Bengals continue to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their charter initially as an American Foootball League team May 23, 1967.
NC State DE Bradley Chubb has won the FWAA Bronko Nagurski Award as national defensive player of the Year…Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph captured the prestigious 2017 John Unitas Golden Arm Award last week…Finalists for the 51st annual Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award are Saquon Barkley of Penn State, Bryce Love of Stanford, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State, and 2016 recipient Lamar Jackson of Louisville. The All-America Love had a NCAA-high 1,848 rushing yards prior to last week’s Pac-12 football championship where Stanford was competing for the fourth time in six years as North Division winner…OU’s Mayfield was Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week for his performance against West Virginia to clinch the Big 12’s No. 1 championship contest seed…Georgia LB Roquan Smith joins Bradley Chubb (N.C. State), Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama), Devin Bush (Michigan), Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech), T.J. Edwards (Wisconsin), and Dorian O’Daniel (Clemson) as finalists for the 2017 Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year Award…Injured Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald thanked former head coach Dan Mullen of MSU and saluted new head coach Joe Moorhead while encouraging younger MSU players going to a school-record eighth consecutive bowl bout in post-2017…Iowa State WR Frank Montgomery leads the Big 12 prior to the bowl season with 828 yards after the catch in 2017…Semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will come from numerous players in line for All-America honors including J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, Keke Coutee of Texas Tech, Jalen Hurts of Alabama, Ronald Jones of Southern California, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Denzel Mims of Baylor, Trey Quinn of SMU, Jarrett Stidham of Auburn, James Washington of Oklahoma State, and Jeffery Wilson of North Texas…Former Michigan players and now graduate transfers Maurice Ways, Wilton Speight, Alex Malzone, and Drake Harris will join new football programs for the ’18 season…RB J.K. Dobbins broke Ohio State’s freshman rushing record of 1,232 yards by Maurice Clarett in 2002. Dobbins has 1,3++ net yards prior to the Buckeyes bowl game and had the longest run of the year – 77 yards – against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title tilt…Miami (Fla.) was missing injured WR Ahmmon Richards and TE Christopher Herndon for the Dr Pepper ACC Championship skirmish last Saturday…The final three Conference USA Players of the Week for regular-season outings were on offense Middle Tennessee RB Terrelle West with 170 yards rushing and two TDs vs. Old Dominion, on defense Louisiana Tech LB Russell Farris with 13 tackles and two TFLs against UTSA for Bulldogs bowl eligibility, and special teams honors for North Texas freshman Jaelon Darden with an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown against Rice.
San Diego State athletics has proposed a new Aztec Stadium with a price tag of $250 million on campus. Start and completion date are to be determined…Minnesota’s Athletes Village is on pace for completion and occupancy in 2018…Kansas State athletics is investigating renovations and additional capacity at several facilities in coming months…The final stage of Sun Devil Stadium reconstruction is nearing completion at Arizona State…Boston College athletics has extended its public sales of malt beverages and wine at home games in 2017-18…Collegiate executive personnel search firm Heidrick & Struggles named Carlos Garcia to lead its supply chain and operations practice as partner in charge of the group’s Los Angeles office…Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy sophomore WR Luke Savage has received nationwide orders for his Savage Customs specialty football cleats. He started the fast-moving business in December 2016 and has received rave reviews for the custom painted football footwear…Kansas athletics and adidas are still in negotiations for a renewed marketing and apparel contract…Oklahoma State’s Board of Regents approved the sale of alcoholic beverages at campus athletics events…BYU football is looking at marketing techniques to boost 2018 season ticket sales and attendance.
The ESPNU Home Depot Awards Special is set for Thursday, Dec. 7, live at the NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell, NFF chair and College Hall of Fame member Archie Manning and other dignitaries from college football will be on hand to greet the winners and ESPN personnel. Hosted by Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan), Tom Rinaldi, and Maria Taylor, the annual awards show recognizes the accomplishments of college football student-athletes during the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy®, who will be announced at the NFF Awards Dinner, also will be honored during the awards show at the Hall…Writer Jean Hayworth of the Breckenridge (Texas) American penned a fine historical piece about the dominance of the Breckenridge HS Buckaroos in Texas football for over three decades…Sportscasting legend Brent Musburger will receive the Contributions to College Football Award on ESPN during the 27th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by Gildan on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7-9 p.m. (EST) at the NFF College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta…The Denver Post did a research piece on the extensive buyout clauses in most head football coaching contracts and how they affect hirings and firings.
FWAA executive director Steve Richardson will be on hand for the presentation of several FWAA-related awards at Thursday’s ESPN Home Depot Awards Show…Several top seeds in all three brackets remain in finals’ contention for Saturday’s activity for NCAA FCS, Division II, DIII, and NAIA postseason playoffs. Pairings sand scores can be found at ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/football/d1, ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/football/d2, ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/football/d3, and NAIA.org/football…The late NFF College Hall of Fame coach John Merritt has been named as recipient of the 2017 AFCA Trailblazer Award presented posthumously at the AFCA Honors Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 8, at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, N.C…Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), Dan Genzler of Sioux Falls, Maura Vizza of Moraine Valley, retired CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Mike Mahon of Drake and South Dakota State, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, and Brandon Stewart of Ursuline have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Ole Miss received its NCAA investigation ruling last Friday and is appealing a two-year bowl ban, monetary fine and the loss of 13 football grants-in-aid due to NCAA sanctions.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college football and basketball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87 and later with the Big 12 Conference, and here are some of his recollections:
1987-88 Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball – Head coach Dave Bliss and the SMU Mustangs breezed through the regular season and topped the postseason SWC tourney to close 28-7 overall and 12-4 to win the circuit title. Right on the Mustangs heels, though, was an ever-improving Arkansas dynasty as head coach Nolan Richardson had the Razorbacks in contention and getting an NCAA tourney at-large berth at 21-9 and 11-5, tied with Baylor for second place in league standings. Baylor’s 1986-87 success carried over into a third NCAA berth for the SWC at 23-11 under head coach Gene Iba. Looming in the wings, though, was new head coach for 1988-89 Tom Penders (from Rhode Island), high-scoring guard Travis Mays (18.1 ppg) and a talented group with standout newcoming recruits.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl Stadium, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, Alabama vs. Clemson, 7:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 8 – CFP National Championship, Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.
Dec. 29-30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Friday, Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Ohio State vs. Southern California, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Penn State vs. Washington, Phoenix, Ariz., 4 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Miami (Fla.) vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2018
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., Auburn vs, UCF, 12:30 p.m.
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