College football bowl picks: LSU and Clemson will reach the national championship game

The college football bowl season continues through Jan. 13 when the national championship will be decided in New Orleans. Here are The Times’ picks for the College Football Playoff semifinals and the remaining bowls.

The Sooners, trying to avoid three straight College Football Playoff semifinal defeats, are near-two-touchdown underdogs. There’s a reason for that gap in the odds: LSU is better on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma will become 0-4 in the CFP. LSU 49-35

In what should feel like a national championship between elite teams, this CFP semifinal will come down to which quarterback plays within himself and doesn’t make the key mistake. Trevor Lawrence’s experience will be the difference for the Tigers. Clemson 28-24

North Carolina 31-21

Wake Forest 24-20

Oklahoma State 28-27

Iowa 30-23

Air Force 42-38

Penn State 34-22

Notre Dame 31-27

Western Michigan 35-28

Mississippi State 25-24

Cal 16-14

Florida 31-17

Virginia Tech 27-24

Arizona State 31-22

Navy 35-28

Wyoming 21-19

Utah 42-27

Alabama 44-24

Auburn 31-26

Oregon 24-21

Georgia 28-21

Cincinnati 31-14

Indiana 21-20

Ohio 34-27

Tulane 35-31

Louisiana Lafayette 38-24

Last week: 7-5 . Season: 106-56

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