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Senior digital producer @USATODAYsports helping with coverage of college football and other sports. On two wheels in my free time.

USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for every bowl game — Clemson. Alabama. Michigan State. Oklahoma. One of these four teams will be the 2015 national champions. But beyond the three contests that will comprise the second College Football Playoff field, there's 38 other bowl games to keep track of this postseason. Here's our picks for the postseason.

Bowl projections: Playoff field set, but did Michigan State jump Oklahoma? — All the games are complete. The decision on the College Football Playoff field is in the hands of the committee. There appears to be little drama about which four teams will make the field. There may be a question about their seed order. Clemson and Alabama seem secure in the No.

Bowl projections: Oklahoma solidifies playoff spot; three others still in play — There's one thing we know about the College Football Playoff: Oklahoma will be one of the four teams. The Sooners secured their place with their dominating win Nov. 28 at Oklahoma State. The other three spots remain unresolved.

Bowl projections: Michigan State, Oklahoma crash playoff party — There were always going to be upsets and inevitable chaos, because the final weeks of the college football season are always unpredictable. After last week's losses, both Ohio State and Oklahoma State fall out of the College Football Playoff field. In jump Michigan State and Oklahoma.

Filling the Field: The biggest games for teams fighting to be bowl-eligible — Much of the college football world focuses on the teams in contention for the College Football Playoff. There's also significant drama at the bottom of the postseason. The expansion to 40 bowl games this season means 80 spots are open to teams with six or more wins.

Bowl projections: Four spots in College Football Playoff stay same — A lot happened in college football last weekend. Nothing changed in the College Football Playoff projection. Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma State all won to remain in control of their destiny by winning out. Oklahoma, Iowa and Notre Dame are on the outside looking in right now.

Five critical matchups in Week 11's biggest college football games — The College Football Playoff picture is starting to gain clarity. And two matchups today will provide more definition about which teams will be left standing when the field of four is decided on Dec. 6. The games should have very different feels. Baylor hosts Oklahoma in a meeting of teams that ranked first and third in scoring, respectively.

Bowl Projections: Oklahoma State jumps into Playoff — Three spots in the projected College Football Playoff stayed the same after a wild weekend. Oklahoma State joined Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson in the Football Four after the Cowboys knocked off TCU at home.

Bowl projections: Ohio State still on track to be No. 1 seed — The first release of the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 was greeted with criticism from all sides, but it didn't change the overall outlook for any of the teams in contention. Every team in the top 15 besides Memphis likely controls its destiny. November is loaded with significant games.

Bowl projections: Clemson improves seeding, Utah takes tumble — Clemson solidified its place in the College Football Playoff with its rout at Miami (Fla.) and Florida State's loss to Georgia Tech. The Tigers moved up to the No. 3 seed and, though some luster is off their Nov. 7 showdown with the Seminoles, their path to an unbeaten record got cleared significantly.
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Jul 20, 2016

We ask our politicians to have core values that drive their decision. Have to admire Cruz. Easy thing would have been to endorse.

Jul 20, 2016

Kids. This is what conventions used to be like before they became packaged programming. Pretty cool.

Jul 19, 2016

RT @DanWolken: Grobe: “I want people to understand we have a great group of kids at Baylor and Baylor going forward is better than we’ve ever been."

Jul 15, 2016

@TheFix Natalie Portman steals it but love Timothy Hutton.

Jul 10, 2016

Portugal has roughly the population of greater Los Angeles. Pretty remarkable accomplishment.

Jul 10, 2016

Half the French players aren't even slowing down enough to get the medals put around neck. Just grabbing and walking off.

Jul 10, 2016

@BTNDaveRevsine To be fair, he changed shirts, but yes, Ronaldo w/o a shirt seems a typical reaction from him. :)

Jul 10, 2016

For a guy that always seems to want to be the star, pretty cool to watch Ronaldo celebrate while being on the bench.

Jul 10, 2016

So Ronaldo and Pepe finish year with Champions League and #EURO2016 Not a bad way to head into short break.

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