Stewart Mandel of SI.com 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)