Bowl projections: Oklahoma out, two Big Ten teams in College Football Playoff

Just two weeks ago, my College Football Playoff projections did not include a single team from the Big Ten. Now, they feature two.

The latest to join the party is Penn State, which benefited from Oklahoma’s head-scratching loss at home to Iowa State, a game in which the Sooners were four-touchdown favorites. The Cyclones were also playing their backup quarterback. 

That loss will be hard for Oklahoma to overcome, even with the head-to-head result over Ohio State

Here are my new College Football Playoff projections. The remainder of my bowl projections will be available Sunday morning.

Jan. 8

National Championship

8 p.m.

Title game Semifinal winners

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl
Pasadena, Calif.

5 p.m.


(2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

Jan. 1

Sugar Bowl
New Orleans

8:45 p.m.


(1) Alabama vs. (4) Penn State