With the release of the penultimate College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings on Tuesday, we are starting to see how the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowls – as well as the National Semifinal – could shake out.
But with conference championships to be played this weekend, there should be some drama yet to play out. As such, we wanted to take a look at the current Top 12 to see how results this weekend could impact their place when the final rankings are announced next week.
It Pays to be the Champion…
As a reminder, the champions of the “Power 5” conferences automatically qualify for a NY6 bowl game. A spot in the NY6 is also guaranteed to the highest-ranked champion from the “Group of Five” conferences (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt).
The top four teams in the final CFP rankings are slotted into the national semifinal bowls – this year, they are the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – in 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 matchups.
The remaining six spots in the NY6 bowls are chosen from the final season rankings, and have typically included only teams in the top 12 (hence the focus of this article).
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