Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer

And the wait begins.

We won’t get to watch the College Football Playoff semifinals until New Year’s Eve, when No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl and No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Fortunately, we have to wait only 11 days for the 2015 postseason to kick off, with the inaugural Cure Bowl starting the bowl season on Dec. 19.

Here’s a look at 40 bowl games that will be played, ranked from first to last in terms of entertainment value:

All times Eastern.

1. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama Dec. 31 Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium Dec. 31, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Buckle up your chinstraps, as the SEC champions play the Big Ten champs with More >