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The CFB Selection Committee has spoken..in this the first year of the four team college football playoff format…and..there will be controversy. Already, many are calling for an eight team playoff and with the difficulty in picking teams 4-6 this year once can certainly see why. Non the less, for now…this is what we have in store for us!
1 Alabama, 2 Oregon, 3 FSU, and 4 Ohio State. Much ado about Ohio State being in the #4 slot after TCU was at #3 last week and this week slides all the way to #6 inspite of a resounding win over Iowa State, 55-3. (However, Iowa State not up to the level of competition faced by Ohio State, 59-0 winner of then #13 Wisconsin, nor of then #9 Kansas State, defeated by Baylor 38-27). The two Big 12 teams left out, Baylor at #5 and TCU at #6. It does seem that having a conference championship game is important..something the Big 12 is going to need to perhaps address in the coming year.
The rest of the final CFB Playoff Rankings: 7 Miss State, 8 Michigan State, 9 Ole Miss, 10 Arizona, 11 Kansas State, 12 GEORGIA TECH, 13 UGA, 14 UCLA, 15 Arizona State, 16 Missouri, 17 Clemson, 18 Wisconsin, 19 Auburn, 20 Boise State, 21 Louisville, 22 Utah, 23, LSU, 24 USC, and 25 Minnesota.
The playoff games will bring New Year’s Day back to prime time viewing with 2 Oregon vs. 3 FSU in Pasadena from the Rose Bowl at 5:00 pm EST and then at 8:00 pm EST, 1 Alabama vs. 4 Ohio State from the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Other marquee bowl matchups: Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve: Georgia Tech vs. Miss State (should be a good one!) at 8:00 pm EST; Fiesta Bowl at 4:00 pm EST featuring Boise State vs Arizona; and the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at 12:00 pm EST with TCU vs. Ole Miss. On New Year’s Day, 12:00 pm EST the Cotton Bowl..Baylor vs. Michigan State.
Hard to talk about the Conference title games..well great to talk about Oregon demolishing Arizona (their only regular season loss), 51-13 and Mariota accounting for 5 TDs (3 rushing) and I am OK with Alabama over Mizz in the SEC title game, 42-13. And kudos to Ohio State for that 59-0 shellacking of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. But about that ACC title game…oh, my…FSU 37- GT 35. Such a great effort by GT..if only Winston could have followed his pattern and turned the ball over (at least once) as he has in just about every game this year, might have been a different outcome. But, it is over..FSU wins ACC title for third year in a row and extends winning streak to 29. Awesome year for GT..headed to the Orange Bowl! And P.S. If the Noles think dealing with CPJ’s option was a problem..wait til they get Mariota and the Quack Attack! GO DUCKS!