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Thursday’s highlights on TV include:

The new year brings a new playoff system to college football as the “final four” clash to see who will play for the national championship on Jan. 12. First, it’s Oregon vs. Florida State in the Rose Bowl (2 p.m., ESPN), followed by a meeting of Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl (5:30 p.m., ESPN)

Champagne, shellfish, caviar and Nigella Lawson’s decolletage star in a New Year’s-themed challenge on “The Taste.” 8 p.m., ABC.

This year’s sweepstakes prize on “HGTV Dream Home 2015” is a new home in Martha’s Vineyard — the island, not the domestic diva’s back yard. 8 p.m., HGTV.

From Herald news services

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