The road map is in place for the 2017 college football postseason. Here's the picture for Alabama's colleges and universities, as well as the bowl games that will be taking place across Alabama this year:
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide was picked for the final slot in the 2017 College Football Playoff. They will face off against #1 Clemson on New Year's Day in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. If Alabama wins, they will face the winner of the Rose Bowl (either #2 Oklahoma or #3 Georgia) on January 8 for the College Football National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Auburn Tigers finished the regular season ranked 7th after a 28-7 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship. Auburn will play the University of Central Florida Knights in the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The first bowl game hosted in Alabama will be the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, December 16. Middle Tennessee State University will face off against Arkansas State University at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Two more bowl games will be played in Alabama on Saturday, December 23. Texas Tech will take on the University of South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham with a 11:00 a.m. CT kickoff. Later that day, Appalachian State will play Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.
In championship divison play, Jacksonville State was knocked out of the Division 1-FCS championship race by Kennesaw State 17-7 on December 2. West Alabama lost to West Florida 28-21 on December 2, ending the UWA Tigers' run for a Division II championship.