Picking the participants in the College Football Playoff and the other rotation bowls -- the so-called New Year's Six.
Comment: As the No. 1 seed, the Seminoles get to play close to home instead of on the west coast. Wisconsin takes advantage of a softy schedule to run the table, win the B1G and get fed to the wolves.
Comment: Projecting the Tide to win the SEC but lose somewhere along the way -- and finish just behind FSU in the committee's final rankings. A rematch of the Sooners' victory in January, but with oh-so-much-more on the line.
Comment: The No. 1 vs 2 matchup in the final looks suspiciously like the pairing we would have gotten with ... don't say it! ... the BCS.
Comment: Ducks win the Pac-12 but aren't good enough to make the cut for the playoff. Baylor doesn't win the Big 12 but is good enough for a rotation bowl.
Comment: Oregon gets priority for the Fiesta over UCLA by virtue of winning the Pac-12. The Bruins head to the Cotton, where they beat Texas A&M back in Jan. '98. Auburn doesn't win the SEC or even the SEC West, but it has a resume worthy of the rotation bowls.
Comment: After losing Florida State, the ACC champ, to the playoffs, the Orange gets to select a replacement and tabs the Hokies (my pick as the No. 2 team from the ACC). Michigan State goes to South Florida as the Big Ten runner up.
Comment: The Thundering Herd is the best team from a non-Power Five league and, as such, receives an invite to the rotation bowls. Georgia makes it three from the SEC.