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A Guide to the College Football Bowl Games

Mike Stewart/Associated Press

Three big games determine the national college football champion. But there are 40 postseason games in all so that teams from Buffalo to Miami of Ohio each get a shot at some type of postseason glory.

Here’s a look at all the games, celebrating roses, peaches, independence … and Cheez-Its.

The National Semifinals

Dec. 28, Peach Bowl: No. 1 Louisiana State (-12½) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

L.S.U. is the only team making its semifinal debut. It last played for the national title in the 2011 season, losing to Alabama in the national championship game.