Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) looks to throw a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

CBS Sports Projects Sooners in College Playoff Semifinal

Jerry Palm, who is to CBSSports.com and college football what Joe Lunardi is to ESPN and college basketball bracketology, projects the Oklahoma Sooners and the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles in one of the national semifinal games under the new College Football Playoff format.

The CBSSports.com college football probability guru, has the Sooners as the No. 3 seed going up against the second-seeded Seminoles. In the other national semifinal, Palm has No. 1 Alabama facing No, 4 Oregon.20140105190211!CBS_Sports_Logo_copy

Another way of breaking dowm the inaugural national championship playoff, as Palm see it, is the Big 12 vs. the ACC and the SEC vs. the Pac-12, with the winners moving on, in a one-game, winner-take-all battle royal, to determine the NCAA Division I national champion for 2014.

Palm does not go as far, however, as to project which two teams will compete in the national championship final.

Palm predicts that six other Big 12 teams will also earn postseason bowl invitations in 2014. That would be seven conference teams going bowling. If Palm’s projections were to come true, Iowa State, West Virginia and Kansas would be the only conference teams left home for the holidays.

Here are Palm’s Big 12 bowl projections for the 2014 season:

Sugar Bowl (National Semifinal), Jan. 1 – Alabama vs. Oregon

Rose Bowl (National Semifinal), Jan. 1 – Oklahoma vs. Florida State

Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz., Jan. 2 – Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State

Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Jan. 2 – Baylor vs. Stanford

Texas Bowl, Houston, Dec. 29 – Texas vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Dec. 29 – TCU vs. Ole Miss

Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Dec. 29 – Kansas State vs. Virginia Tech

Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La., Dec. 27 – Texas Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)




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