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247Sports Projects 2019 College Football Playoff, New Year's Six Bowls

Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.

ATLANTA, GA - December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Next Saturday rings in "Week Zero," where we get a nice appetizer of college football, before the big August 31 kickoff of the season. From there, we go on our long march to the College Football Playoff.

247Sports has looked into the crystal ball—or, at least, the preseason polls—to project ahead. Today, the site put up a prognostication for the entire New Year's Six slate and playoff field.

247 is working off of its own creation, the preseason consensus poll, which includes the USA Today Coaches Poll, and a number of other high-profile rankings. It will roll in the AP Top 25 when it is released on Monday.

From there, it can project forward what the playoff field will look like. If you've taken a look at polls so far, none of this will comes as a surprise.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal, Atlanta): 1. Clemson vs. 4. Oklahoma

Playstation Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal, Glendale, AZ): 2. Alabama vs. 3. Georgia

We'd probably need a weird season for this exact foursome to work out, considering Alabama and Georgia could meet in the SEC Championship, but based on the polls so far, this is the top four.

More interesting are the projected New Year's Six bowls:

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX): 8. Michigan vs. 17. UCF

Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens): 7. Florida vs. 9. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA): 5. Ohio State vs. 11. Oregon

Sugar Bowl (New Orleans): 6. LSU vs. 10. Texas

Again, there are some question marks here. LSU and Texas will face off in Week 2 of this year, and it seems unlikely that they will be pitted together again, if it can be avoided. Flipping Florida and LSU might be an option. The Orange Bowl has an ACC tie-in, so 247 has Notre Dame jumping the highest non-Clemson ACC team, which is Syracuse at 25.

Overall, this would be a pretty fun group of games, though in college football, things never work out so cleanly.

[247Sports]