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2014 College Football Playoff picks: SI's experts give their predictions

2014 College Football Playoff picks: SI's experts give their predictions Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP

At long last, the College Football Playoff era dawns. Death to the BCS and in with the four-team bracket. As the season prepares to get underway, who's poised to earn a playoff bid in the new format's inaugural season? And who will survive that field to claim the national title.

SI's college football experts offer their playoff picks as well as their selections for the rest of the selection committee bowl games (the Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach bowls this year).

As a reminder, the playoff bids go to the selection committee's top four teams, regardless of conference, and the committee will place teams into the other four bowl games based on the following rules: The Orange Bowl must match the ACC's top non-playoff team against the No. 2 team from the Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame, and the top-ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences must be selected to one of the bowls.

For all of SI's college football experts' preseason predictions, check out the 2014 college football Crystal Ball and for complete preseason coverage of the 2014 season, visit our hub page.

STAFF: 2014 preseason Crystal Ball: SI's picks for the playoff, Heisman, more

Andy Staples

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl: East Carolina vs. Oregon
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Georgia
Peach Bowl: South Carolina vs. Baylor

Martin Rickman

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. LSU
Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. Ohio State
Peach Bowl: South Carolina vs. Utah State

Zac Ellis

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. South Carolina
Fiesta Bowl: Auburn vs. Baylor
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Oregon
Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs. Marshall

Lindsay Schnell

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Georgia
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. Alabama
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. UCLA
Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs. Marshall

Brian Hamilton

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Auburn
Fiesta Bowl: UCLA vs. Baylor
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford
Peach Bowl: Marshall vs. South Carolina

Colin Becht

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. LSU
Fiesta Bowl: Arizona State vs. Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. South Carolina
Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs. Marshall

Gabriel Baumgaertner

Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Fiesta Bowl: UCLA vs. Michigan State
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Oregon
Peach Bowl: East Carolina vs. Auburn

Want more predictions? Get SI's picks for the Heisman, flop team and more.

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