2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl games are set

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2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl games are set

The 2019 College Football Playoff (CFP) is set, along with the 37 bowl games to be played throughout December and January. On December 2, the CFP selection committee — a group consisting of 13 former college football head coaches and current athletic directors — released the four teams that will be playing for this year’s national championship, which are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, and No. 4 Oklahoma. Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, while Clemson will play Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. These games will be on December 29, and the winners of each game will play each other in the CFP National Championship Game on January 7.

While the CFP will get most of the college football coverage over the next month, a significant number of other bowl games will be played. Several North Carolina teams will be making bowl appearances this year, including NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, and Appalachian State.

NC State, which finished the year with a record of 9-3, will play Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on New Year’s Eve. The Wolfpack players have won nine games in back-to-back seasons for the third time in school history and they are making their fifth-straight bowl appearance under head coach Dave Doeren. The last time NC State played in the Gator Bowl, the team was led by current NFL quarterback Philip Rivers and won a school-record 11 games, capping it off with a 28-6 victory over Notre Dame in Jacksonville.

Duke will play against Temple in the Independence Bowl on December 27, Wake Forest will play against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl on December 22, and Appalachian State will play Middle Tennessee State in the New Orleans Bowl on December 15. Most games will be broadcast on ESPN.