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A Look At How 2014 Format Might Work This Season
November 18, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Stewart Mandel of gazes into his crystal ball and predicts the future. For the rest of this season, he’ll project how the new College Football Playoff format and its bowl lineup would look if implemented for this season. Instead of the selection committee, Mandel is using each week’s BCS standings to predict the matchups.

Sugar: No. 1 Alabama (SEC champ) vs. No. 4 Baylor (Big 12 champ) 
Rose: No. 2 Florida State (ACC champ) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (Big Ten champ) 
Cotton: No. 5 Oregon (displaced Pac-12 champ) vs. No. 8 Missouri (at-large) 
Fiesta: No. 9 Stanford (at-large) vs. No. 15 Fresno State (Group of Five) 
Orange: No. 7 Clemson (ACC replacement) vs. No. 6 Auburn (SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame) 
Chick-fil-A: No. 10 Oklahoma State (at-large) vs. No. 11 South Carolina (at-large)

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