The College Football season has concluded once and for all which means one thing, it’s playoff time. The College Football Playoff is entering its third year of existence and I truly think this year was the most discussed and controversial if you want to use that word. We’ve seen the analysis, the committee has decided and the four have been chosen to see who will advance to play in the National Championship game. Below, you will get a sneak preview of the four teams remaining and my thoughts on the games. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from me to all of you.
1. (1) Alabama vs (4) Washington– This features two quarterbacks who have put their teams in the best positions to win games this year and that’s Jalen Hurts and Jake Browning, two guys that have played like Heisman candidates throughout the season. As I’ve said all season about the Tide, their offense has truly evolved under coordinator Lane Kiffin. Nick Saban made the decision to pull Barnett in their opener and Hurts has really been the engine to their success this year on the offensive side of the football. Defensively, they’ve still been amongst the top of the nation. Washington has been a big success on offense with Browning who accounted for 46 touchdowns this year (42 passing and four throwing) and their offense does well when they establish the running game. In their only loss to USC, they were held to 17 yards rushing. Defensively, they’ve been solid all around but struggle against mobile quarterbacks. Talk about a David vs Goliath type of matchup in this one. The champs will look to get back to the biggest stage of them all once again and repeat as champions once again under Nick Saban.
2. (2) Ohio State vs (3) Clemson– This is the one that I think has everyone’s attention and we could be in for an instant classic with these two schools. We have a Clemson team that was the runner-up last year behind Alabama and they would want nothing more than to get back to the National Title game. I wasn’t crazy about Clemson this season and how they looked because they could easily have three losses under their belt and if they did, they wouldn’t be here right now in the playoffs. Deshaun Watson is still the dual-threat playmaker and he can light up the best defenses in college football. Remember how he lit up Alabama last year in the championship game? Why do you think Nick Saban elected to onside kick it at one point? With Ohio State, they lost a lot from their 2015 team, especially on defense and at the beginning of the year, I said they lacked a lot of inexperience in their front seven and that could hurt them. They have remained a very stingy and opportunistic bunch that ranks third in the nation in scoring defense giving up a total of 14 points per game. Offensively, it starts and ends with J.T. Barrett who’s shown he’s more than capable of taking a game over with his arm and not just his feet. We’ll have a good quarterback battle in this one.