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College Football Playoff Selection Committee: Games and dates that will shape the decision

KEY DATES — With 13 people set to decide who plays for the first College Football Playoff championship, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel looks at the games and dates that will shape their decision.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 27, 2014

Aug. 30: LSU vs. Wisconsin in Houston. A huge game for Big Ten prestige.

Sept. 6: Michigan State at Oregon. How heavily will this early-season prize fight count against the loser?

Sept. 13: Georgia at South Carolina. SEC East's two best teams could be meeting early.

Oct. 18: Notre Dame at Florida State. Are the Irish capable of a big upset?

Oct. 25: South Carolina at Auburn. Big game in the SEC’s bid to produce two semifinalists.

Oct. 27: Committee begins the first of its weekly meetings to gauge the teams.

Oct. 28: Committee releases the first of its weekly rankings.

Nov. 1: Stanford at Oregon. A really good team is not going to win the Pac-12 North.

Nov. 8: Alabama at LSU. The Crimson Tide’s toughest road game.

Nov. 8: Ohio State at Michigan State. The real Big Ten title game.

Nov. 8: Baylor at OU. The virtual Big 12 title game.

Nov. 28: Stanford at UCLA. Could be just an opening act for a Pac-12 title game rematch a week later.

Dec. 5: Committee assembles for its final weekend of deliberations.

Dec. 6: Conference title games in the Pac-12, SEC, ACC and Big Ten will be played, along with some regular-season Big 12 finales.

Dec. 7: Committee releases its final rankings and bowl pairings.

Jan. 1: Rose Bowl semifinal

Jan. 1: Sugar Bowl semifinal

Jan. 12: National title game at Arlington, Texas.