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The Times’ college football experts make their picks: Go with Alabama and Clemson in playoff games

Alabama head coach, Nick Saban walks the field at NCAA college football practice in Miami Shores, Fl
Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks the field at practice in Miami Shores, Fla., for the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma on Saturday.
(Carl Juste / Miami Herald via Associated Press)

It’s the final week for the Los Angeles Times’ college football “experts” to show just how good they are at picking games. And there’s a lot of them this week — 19 to be exact. Check back on Jan. 7 to see how our Selection Six did and who they’ve got in the College Football Playoff championship game.

Ben Bolch

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 30-21

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: Syracuse 28-24

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Iowa State vs. Washington State: Washington State 38-21

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 32-24

South Carolina vs. Virginia: Virginia 27-24

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Nevada 35-21

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Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 42-35

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 42-28

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech 31-21

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford 35-21

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 31-17

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Missouri 35-28

Northwestern vs. Utah: Northwestern 27-21

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: North Carolina State 35-32

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Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Mississippi State 42-28

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 42-31

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 31-20

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 35-24

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 38-35

Mike Hiserman

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 31-24

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: West Virginia 45-38

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Iowa State vs. Washington State: Washington State 30-27

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 28-24

South Carolina vs. Virginia: South Carolina 31-23

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Nevada 28-27

Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 38-27

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 51-35

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Cincinnati 31-20

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford 33-21

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 28-24

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Missouri 41-34

Northwestern vs. Utah: Utah 27-20

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M 34-23

Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Mississippi State 27-17

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 31-24

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 24-23

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 38-28

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 34-22

J. Brady McCollough

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 34-21

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: Syracuse 28-24

Iowa State vs. Washington State: Washington State 38-31

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 23-16

South Carolina vs. Virginia: South Carolina 26-21

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Nevada 31-30

Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 28-24

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 41-27

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Cincinnati 35-31

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford 42-21

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 24-21

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Missouri 45-41

Northwestern vs. Utah: Utah 24-17

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M 35-33

Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Mississippi State 42-28

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 30-21

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 13-10

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 28-24

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 34-24

Blake Richardson

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 34-30

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: West Virginia 36-27

Iowa State vs. Washington State: Washington State 31-27

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 39-37

South Carolina vs. Virginia: South Carolina 31-24

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Arkansas State 40-31

Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 30-26

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 42-38

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Cincinnati 33-29

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 31-26

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 30-24

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 38-33

Northwestern vs. Utah: Utah 32-21

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M 35-24

Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Mississippi State 29-23

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 42-35

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 36-30

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 42-27

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 38-29

Angel Rodriguez

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 37-28

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: West Virginia 42-28

Iowa State vs. Washington State: Iowa State 27-24

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 24-10

South Carolina vs. Virginia: South Carolina 27-10

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Arkansas State 31-27

Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 38-17

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 45-28

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech 24-10

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford 27-14

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 35-13

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Missouri 34-28

Northwestern vs. Utah: Utah 28-24

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M 35-17

Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Iowa 27-13

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 27-3

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 27-10

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 42-35

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 31-24

David Wharton

Purdue vs. Auburn: Auburn 28-23

West Virginia vs. Syracuse: Syracuse 35-31

Iowa State vs. Washington State: Iowa State 27-23

Florida vs. Michigan: Michigan 30-21

South Carolina vs. Virginia: South Carolina 28-24

Arkansas State vs. Nevada: Arkansas State 33-27

Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Clemson 33-20

Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Alabama 45-35

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech: Cincinnati 23-17

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh: Stanford 31-24

Michigan State vs. Oregon: Oregon 23-20

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: Missouri 42-35

Northwestern vs. Utah: Utah 28-21

North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M 33-27

Mississippi State vs. Iowa: Mississippi State 30-21

Louisiana State vs. Central Florida: Louisiana State 28-27

Kentucky vs. Penn State: Penn State 21-17

Washington vs. Ohio State: Ohio State 28-23

Texas vs. Georgia: Georgia 33-24

Expert: last week; season

Bolch: 7-4; 98-61

Hiserman: 7-4; 113-46

McCollough: 3-8; 105-54

Richardson: 7-4; 101-58

Rodriguez: 6-5; 96-63

Wharton: 5-6; 113-46


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