The college football bowl season has arrived. This will be the second year of the four-team playoff. The first was a wild success with No. 4 seed Ohio State pulling off a pair of upset wins over both Alabama and Oregon to claim the National Championship during the 2014-15 season.

Only one of the four teams that made the playoff last year is back. That is No. 2 seed Alabama, which will be a mainstay among the final four as long as Nick Saban is around. The three newcomers are No. 1 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Oklahoma.

The playoff selection committee is breathing a sigh of relief. Since Clemson and Alabama won their respective conference championship games, there really can’t be much debate about who the top four teams in the country are. Had either one of those teams lost, that would have brought in teams like Stanford, Ohio State and Notre Dame into the mix.

The Big Ten Championship was a play-in game between Michigan State and Iowa. The Spartans used a 22-play, nine-minute drive to win that contest 16-13 in the most exciting Championship Game. The committee did the right thing by rewarding Iowa with a trip to the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize.

The four selection committee bowl games are No. 5 Iowa vs No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, No. 7 Ohio State vs No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, No. 9 Florida State vs No. 18 Houston in the Peach Bowl, and No. 12 Ole Miss vs No. 16 Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.

I have gone through and picked the straight up winner of all 40 bowl games. Feel free to use my picks for your bowl pools as I know that many of you will be playing in them this year. Just because I pick a team straight up doesn’t mean that’s who I’m going to take against the spread, so keep that in mind.

Just click the ‘odds’ link in the bowl table below to get a preview of each bowl game, plus a prediction of which team will cover the spread in that game. I hope you enjoy these free bowl picks, and best of luck with your bowl pools this year.

2015-16 College Bowl Predictions
DATE GAME MATCHUP PICK ODDS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
Jan. 11 Championship Game TBD TBD Odds
Dec. 31 Orange (Semifinal) (1) Clemson vs (4) Oklahoma Oklahoma Odds
Dec. 31 Cotton (Semifinal) (2) Alabama vs (3) Michigan State Alabama Odds
SELECTION COMMITTEE BOWL GAMES
Jan. 1 Sugar (12) Ole Miss vs (16) Oklahoma State Ole Miss Odds
Jan. 1 Rose (5) Iowa vs (6) Stanford Iowa Odds
Jan. 1 Fiesta (7) Ohio State vs (8) Notre Dame Ohio State Odds
Dec. 31 Peach (9) Florida State vs (18) Houston Florida State Odds
OTHER BOWL GAMES
Jan. 2 Cactus Arizona State vs West Virginia Arizona State Odds
Jan. 2 Alamo (11) TCU vs (15) Oregon TCU Odds
Jan. 2 Liberty Arkansas vs Kansas State Arkansas Odds
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Georgia vs Penn State Penn State Odds
Jan. 1 Citrus (14) Michigan vs (19) Florida Michigan Odds
Jan. 1 Outback (13) Northwestern vs (23) Tennessee Tennessee Odds
Dec. 30 Holiday (25) USC vs Wisconsin USC Odds
Dec. 30 Music City Louisville vs Texas A&M Texas A&M Odds
Dec. 30 Belk Mississippi State vs NC State Mississippi State Odds
Dec. 30 Birmingham Auburn vs Memphis Memphis Odds
Dec. 29 Texas (20) LSU vs Texas Tech LSU Odds
Dec. 29 Arizona Colorado State vs Nevada Colorado State Odds
Dec. 29 Russell Athletic (10) North Carolina vs (17) Baylor North Carolina Odds
Dec. 29 Armed Forces Air Force vs California California Odds
Dec. 28 Quick Lane Central Michigan vs Minnesota Central Michigan Odds
Dec. 28 Military (21) Navy vs Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Odds
Dec. 26 Foster Farms Nebraska vs UCLA UCLA Odds
Dec. 26 Independence Tulsa vs Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Odds
Dec. 26 Pinstripe Duke vs Indiana Indiana Odds
Dec. 26 Heart of Dallas Southern Miss vs Washington Washington Odds
Dec. 26 Sun Miami vs Washington State Miami Odds
Dec. 26 St. Petersburg Marshall vs UConn Connecticut Odds
Dec. 24 Hawai’i Cincinnati vs San Diego State San Diego State Odds
Dec. 24 Bahamas Middle Tennessee vs Western Michigan Western Michigan Odds
Dec. 23 GoDaddy Bowling Green vs Georgia Southern Bowling Green Odds
Dec. 23 Poinsettia Boise State vs Northern Illinois Boise State Odds
Dec. 22 Boca Raton (24) Temple vs Toledo Temple Odds
Dec. 22 Idaho Potato Akron vs Utah State Utah State Odds
Dec. 21 Miami Beach South Florida vs Western Kentucky South Florida Odds
Dec. 19 New Orleans Arkansas State vs Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Odds
Dec. 19 Cure Georgia State vs San Jose State San Jose State Odds
Dec. 19 Camellia Appalachian State vs Ohio Appalachian State Odds
Dec. 19 Las Vegas (22) Utah vs BYU Utah Odds
Dec. 19 New Mexico Arizona vs New Mexico Arizona Odds