College football bowl schedule 2018-19 finalized

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Bowl Schedule 2018-19 has been finalized after each conference officially announced their bowl invites.

Alabama, the top team in the College Football Playoff rankings, will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. The 2nd-ranked Clemson Tigers will take on the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, also on Dec. 29.

The winners of Alabama-Oklahoma and Clemson-Notre Dame will meet in the College Football National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The game will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

The remainder of the New Year’s Six bowl games also feature some good match-ups:

  • Peach – (10) Florida vs. (7) Michigan
  • Fiesta – (11) LSU vs. (8) UCF
  • Rose – (8) Ohio State vs. (9) Washington
  • Sugar – (15) Texas vs. (5) Georgia

Bowl Schedules

Final 2018 CFB Playoff Rankings

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Oklahoma
5. Georgia
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. UCF
9. Washington
10. Florida
11. LSU
12. Penn State
13. Washington State
14. Kentucky
15. Texas
16. West Virginia
17. Utah
18. Mississippi State
19. Texas A&M
20. Syracuse
21. Fresno State
22. Northwestern
23. Missouri
24. Iowa State
25. Boise State

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Comments (14)

Just curious…. Can someone explain to me why Texas got in over Penn State, Wash State, and Kentucky? Aren’t there rules that the Top 12 have to go or something?

Sugar Bowl has a contract with the Big 12 and the SEC. The highest ranked non-playoff team in each conference goes to the Sugar Bowl

probably because Austin has a greater population than Pullman. higher TV ratings.

Stinks, doesn’t it?

The rose and Sugar still have contractual ties, so even thou Oklahoma got in to the playoff, the Sugar bowl has to take the next highest Big 12 team, which is why Texas got in, I think it’s a little messed up also

Yeah if I was running it (which I’m not), I would say that if a Big 12 or SEC team reaches the CFP, the Sugar Bowl is not obliged to pick teams from those conferences if the next best team is ranked outside the top 12. Same would go for Rose Bowl and Pac12, Orange and ACC.

Sugar Bowl payouts were $40 million per team two years ago. Peach and Fiesta payouts were $4 million per team last year. No way the Big 12 ever gives up their spot in the Sugar Bowl

New Years Day six bowl match ups seem pretty strong to me, even though I would rather had seen Michigan vs UCF out in the Fiesta Bowl but then that would’ve left Florida to play LSU again. Seems like the bowls got it right.

Will be interesting to see the ratings of these New Years 6/ other bowl games after playoff. It has always been fun watching bowl games leading up to the playoff but once the playoff starts, whats the point of watching a meaningless bowl game?