The College Football season has now reached championship week, and the battle for a spot in the College Football Playoffs comes down to eight possible teams, and I will give you my predictions for each of the eight teams chances to make the four-team playoff.
These eight teams are
No. 1 Clemson Tigers (11-1)
No. 2 Auburn Tigers (10-2)
No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (10-1)
No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (12-0)
No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (11-1)
No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)
This will be the best week of the season for the fans of college football when they get to see the seedings for the playoffs come together like they may want it.
ACC Championship Game:
The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will face No. 7 Miami for the ACC title where the winner is expected to earn a playoff spot. It makes perfect sense to keep Clemson as the ACC champion for the third consecutive year and hope that they can be the first team in the new Playoff era to be back to back National Champions. Both Clemson and Miami came into this game with losses against unranked opponents and will probably hurt the chances of there being two ACC teams in the playoffs. But this season has been full of surprises, so I’ll take the surprise pick and go with Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes. After all, it’s all about the “U.”
SEC Championship Game:
One of the seasons early favorites and last year’s runner-up, Alabama Crimson Tide, are one of the teams on the outside looking in. After Alabama suffered their first loss of the season against their in-state rival, Auburn Tigers, who are currently No. 2 in the latest standings. Alabama has been the only team that has made an appearance in each year of the College Football Playoffs. It may be tough for them to make it back this year without playing in an SEC Championship game for the first in three years. And they would need other pieces to the puzzle to fall in order of them to make it back into the playoffs.
But we know for sure that the winner of this year’s SEC Championship game will undoubtedly land a spot in the playoffs. The title game features No. 2 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs. This will be a rematch of an earlier SEC matchup where the Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season. Bulldogs and head coach Kirby Smart look to revenge their loss and land themselves a spot in the playoffs which is my pick for the SEC title game. Go Dawgs!
Big 12 Game:
The No. 3 team, Oklahoma Sooners are faced with a fascinating task of win, and you’re in. Unfortunately, they don’t have a Conference game like the rest of the teams in the top 8, but they still have one more game to prove that they are worthy of a playoff spot. They will be taking on the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday. If Oklahoma were to lose to TCU, that would be all the committee needs to put Alabama right back into the playoffs. Nobody wants to see Nick Saban continue his dominates in the CFB world, so please Oklahoma help send the Crimson Tide to be gone “sooner” than expected.
Big Ten Title Game:
This may be one of the most exciting title games that will take place. The only defeated power five conference team in the nation is the Wisconsin Badgers (12-0), and they are looking to continue to be perfect for the season. However, they are not given enough credit for how they have played this season and could be out of the playoffs with a loss in the title game against a two-loss Ohio State Team. Wisconsin isn’t getting the love from the committee because of their strength in a schedule, so a loss to the Buckeyes would be another opener for a one-loss Alabama team to jump right back in. But we expect Wisconsin to knock the “Buck” out of the Buckeyes, especially with their issues at quarterback as of late. “Hello Wisconsin.”
So let’s recap the winners and where they will be placed in the playoffs.
(1) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (4) Oklahoma Sooners
(2) Miami Hurricanes vs. (3) Wisconsin Badgers
Let’s make this one interesting. We’ll go with the two teams who have the most to prove under the second year with their respective head coaches. Bulldogs head coach, Kirby Smart looks to silence the nation for his decision to start a true freshman, Jake Fromm over the second-year quarterback, Jacob Eason. Although given their opponent, it would be fun to see Eason taking snaps at quarterback.
Oh yeah, I forgot! Their opponents will be former Georgia coach, Mark Richt. Richt left the Bulldogs program to coach the Miami Hurricanes, and he has been known for not being able to win the big game. This is the biggest game of his coaching career because it’s against his former team and many of the same players that he recruited while he was there. One of those players that he recruited highly was Jacob Eason who lost his starting job due to an injury.
And the winner is…… Stay tuned to the National Championship game on January 8, 2018.
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