This will be the third year of the College Football Playoff and there have been mixed feelings about the set up. Some people think they should expand to eight teams which I think they will do in the near future. Then you have some people that feel the original BCS format should’ve remained intact. The last two seasons, we saw Ohio State get hot at the right time and win the inaugural CFP National Title game with a dominant win over Oregon and this past January, Alabama won their fourth title under Nick Saban with a thrilling victory over Deshaun Watson and Clemson. Now it’s time to preview who gets there this year and who gets to the National Championship. Enjoy.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: (1) Alabama vs (4) Oklahoma– I have Alabama receiving the number one overall seed in the College Football Playoff. There may not be some guys from last season’s team, but knowing how Nick Saban works to fill holes that are empty, he always makes the best moves for the football team. This will be a revenge game for Bama. Just two seasons ago, these two met in the Sugar Bowl and Oklahoma shocked the world and upset they heavily favored Crimson Tide. Two years later, they will meet once again for a spot to play in the CFP national title game. This will be Alabama’s third year playing in the College Football Playoff and the second year for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma who lost to eventual runner up Clemson last season. Oklahoma’s schedule is no joke. Two games with out of conference teams in Houston and Ohio State and then a grueling nine-game slate in the Big-12.
Winner: I like Alabama to advance and defend their title once again. Nick Saban will implement a game plan to take away Samaje Perine, limit the big play of Oklahoma down the field and they will keep Baker Mayfield in the pocket and make him throw the football. Both teams may have lost a few players but the two coaches still remain.
Fiesta Bowl: (2) Clemson at (3) Michigan– Clemson will be very determined to get back to this stage and coincidentally, this game will be played at the exact same field where Clemson fell short to Alabama in the title game so that will add some more fuel to the fire for the Tigers. I see Clemson playing all season long with that chip on their shoulder and although they lost some key guys, Deshaun Watson is there and he’s the most electrifying player in the nation today. I’ve been high on Michigan and with Jim Harbaugh bringing out the best in this team last year, they can only go up from here and beyond. I see Michigan slowing the game down, power running attack and milking the clock to keep Watson on the sideline. With Clemson, that offense may be the most dynamic one that big blue will have seen all season long. If they keep Watson out in the open field, they win this game. With Ohio State and Michigan State both in a possible “rebuild mode”, this could be the year of Big Blue.
Winner: Clemson will be victorious and get back to the National Championship after a hard fought battle with the Michigan Wolverines. Big Blue will have to game-plan big time to stop Watson and that high-flying offense of the Tigers. This is exactly the predicament that Clemson wanted and they will get it.