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Bowl projections and analysis -- Who is in College Football Playoff after Alabama's loss?

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Another week of thrills and chills means another shake-up in our bowl projections, including a new look for the playoff field.
Paul Finebaum pulls no punches, calling Alabama's defensive performance in their loss to Texas A&M disgraceful. (0:53)

The mayhem of the college football season reached new levels this weekend with No. 1 Alabama going down, and as a result, our bowl projections got yet another shake-up.

In addition to predicting the matchups for every single bowl game, Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura provide analysis on their playoff picks, most intriguing bowl matchup, fast-rising teams that could make a New Year's Six push and teams that helped or hurt their cause the most.

All times Eastern

College Football Playoff

CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T

Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Georgia vs. Iowa

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Iowa

CFP Semifinal at Capital One Orange Bowl

Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)

Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma

Schlabach: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

CFP Semifinal at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Dec. 31, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Iowa vs. Cincinnati

Schlabach: Iowa vs Oklahoma

Playoff breakdown

Bonagura: Well, that was unexpected. Considering how Texas A&M had been playing, Alabama's loss is one of the most shocking upsets of the playoff era, and while it would be silly to count out a one-loss Crimson Tide team, it does change the CFP picture for now. Georgia becomes the overwhelming No. 1, and what appears to be the most difficult game left on the Bulldogs' regular-season schedule -- undefeated Kentucky! -- comes this week in Athens. Iowa is easy to slot in at No. 2 after it beat Penn State, and the Hawkeyes don't play Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State in the regular season. Cincinnati is still in position to become the first Group of 5 team to reach the playoff and will continue to root for further chaos among the Power 5 schools. Finally, Oklahoma squeaks its…
Kyle Bonagura, Mark Schlabach
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