BOISE, Idaho--Christmas comes a little early for selected college football teams, and that day is today.
Throughout the day, beginning with the announcement of the NCAA FBS playoff teams, and continuining through the bowl pecking order, we will begin to fill in the puzzle that is the college football bowl season.
#1 Clemson will face #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl while #2 Alabama takes on #3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. Those two winners will meet in the national championship game the following week in Glendale, Arizona.
Oklahoma State will play Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl, and we know that Stanford will play Iowa in the Rose Bowl. And just announced, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and Houston vs. Florida State in the Peach.
Following the completion of the New Year's Six Bowl announcements, the plethora of bowl committees will make their matchup announcements. We can also begin to fill in the bowl pairings from the bottom, as these teams have accepted bids to plaly in the following bowl games:
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl--North Carolina A&T
Alamo Bowl--TCU vs. Oregon
Arizona Bowl--Colorado State vs. Nevada
Armed Services Bowl--Air Force vs. California
Bahamas Bowl--Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Belk Bowl--North Carolina State vs. Mississippi State
Birmingham Bowl--Auburn vs. Memphis
Boca Raton--Temple vs. Toledo
Cactus Bowl--Arizona State vs. West Virginia
Camelia Bowl--Appalachian State vs. Ohio
Citrus Bowl--Michigan vs. Florida
Cure Bowl--Georgia State vs. San Jose State
Foster Farms Bowl--UCLA vs. Nebraska
GoDaddy Bowl--Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Hawai'i Bowl--San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
Heart of Dallas--Southern Mississippi vs. Washington
Holiday Bowl--USC vs. Wisconsin
Independence Bowl--Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Las Vegas Bowl--BYU vs. Utah
Liberty Bowl--Kansas State vs. Arkansas
Miami Beach Bowl--South Florida vs. Western Kentucky
Military Bowl--Navy vs. Pittsburgh
Music City--Louisville vs. Texas A&M
New Orleans Bowl--Arkanasas State vs. Louisiana Tech
New Mexico Bowl--New Mexico vs. Arizona
Outback Bowl--Northwestern vs. Tennessee
Pinstripe Bowl--Duke vs. Indiana
Poinsettia Bowl--Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
Potato Bowl--Akron vs. Utah State
Quick Lane Bowl--Minnesota vs. Central Michigan
Russell Athletic--North Carolina vs. Baylor
St. Petersburg--UConn vs. Marshall
Sun Bowl--Washington State vs. Miami of Florida
Tax Slayer--Penn State vs. Georgia
Texas Bowl--Texas Tech vs. LSU
Stay tuned to BroncoCountry for up-to-the minute information all day on College Football Selection Sunday.