Washington's nonconference schedule clouded the Huskies' candidacy for the College Football Playoff for weeks
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's nonconference schedule clouded the Huskies' candidacy for the College Football Playoff for weeks....

Mississippi State and North Texas are heading to bowls with 5-7 records
The Heart of Dallas Bowl will be a rematch between two teams that played in October - and one of them is heading into the game with a 5-7 record....

The Alabama invitational, um, College Football Playoff is set, along with 38 other bowl games big and small
The Alabama invitational, um, College Football Playoff is set, along with 38 other bowl games big and small....

Three times in the BCS era, a team played for the national title after failing to win its conference
Ohio State didn't win the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes will play for a much bigger prize. Their national title hopes are still very much intact....

Southern California will face Big Ten champion Penn State on Jan. 2 in the Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California and Penn State followed two difficult paths to reach a remarkable reunion eight years later in the Rose Bowl....

Looking for a pattern in the College Football Playoff picks? It may be that every season is different.
Conference championships matter. Head-to-head matters. Strength of schedule matters. Every game counts, though some seem to count more than others and good luck figuring out which ones count most....

Stanford takes the Pac-12's longest active bowl streak to El Paso, where North Carolina awaits the Cardinal in the Sun Bowl
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the College Football Playoff and bowl selection (all times local):...


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