Thoughts on the College Football Playoff and New Years Six Bowls

College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff committee made their selections yesterday, and I feel like they got it right, despite my SEC bias. The first three were easy, with Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame all having great seasons with undefeated records. The final spot came down to Georgia, who played Alabama down to the wire in the SEC Championship Game, and Oklahoma, who avenged their only loss to Texas in the Big XII Championship Game. I don’t really feel like Ohio State was in this discussion much, since they won a weak Big Ten and didn’t always look great doing it, including a loss to Purdue and a near loss to Maryland.

I think if Georgia didn’t have a 20-point loss to LSU, they’d be in despite the two losses. But, with that loss and Oklahoma atoning for their only sin, I think the committee made the right pick with Oklahoma.

My guess right now is that Alabama will rise up as the victors for the national title this year. They just seem like a juggernaut and while I think they’ll be challenged, they simply have too much fire power. My picks are: Alabama over Oklahoma, Clemson over Notre Dame, then Alabama over Clemson. Bama is your champ.

New Years Six Bowls

Peach Bowl: Florida v. Michigan

They’re baaaaaaaaaaack!

The Gators are back to relevance after a bad season a year ago. They face a Michigan team who started the downward spiral when they met in Dallas to open the season last year.

Florida is still figuring things out despite their record. But, the biggest difference between last year and this year is coach Dan Mullen won’t let this team take a play off. The Gators seem far more focused than they did a year ago and there’s hope that can carry forward into next season and beyond. There’s expectations when playing for Florida, expectations Coach Mullen helped maintain when he was an offensive assistant a decade ago under Urban Meyer.

In facing Michigan this time around, it may very well be Jim Harbaugh’s best team. The question will be how focused they are after their loss to Ohio State which ended any championship hopes they had. Michigan may be the more talented team, however.

Rose Bowl: Washington v. Ohio State

The Huskies are playing in either a NY6 Bowl or CFP game for the third year in a row. That said, it seems like every year there’s always a little something missing, and this year is no different. Washington’s biggest flaw is, while the defense keeps opposing offenses at bay, UWs offense let’s teams hang around in games. They simply seem to lack the ability to step on an opponent’s throat and it’s cost them games against Oregon and Cal.

They face an Ohio State team with a prolific offense, but a very suspect defense. Essentially, they’re the exact opposite of Washington. My head tells me Ohio State wins.