College football has a different type of selection Sunday, a smaller bracket, and dozens of other games that make people argue about how much they matter.

The bowl lineup falls into place with the selection of the teams participating in the College Football Playoff. The playoff selection committee unveils its final four at 12:30 p.m. ET and then sets the matchups for the rest of the major New Year’s bowls about 2 ½ hours later.

Three of the top four picks are no-brainers: Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. The last spot is likely to come down to Alabama or Ohio State.

After all the New Year’s Six bowls are set, including the semifinals, the rest of the bowl lineups comes together throughout the day. There are 39 games in all, and 81 teams are bowl eligible this year.

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RALPH D. RUSSO
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