Ladies and gentleman, we have one exciting college football playoff waiting for us on New Years day. The selection committee got it right in their first season for the playoff. Alabama will play Ohio State in a familiar battle between Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Oregon will tango with Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles. Yes, exciting College Football is coming.
These really were the 4 best teams at the end of the regular season. Alabama rolled through the SEC West gauntlet with only a loss to Ole Miss as a blemish. They beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs when they were ranked number 1. They beat Auburn in a memorable installment of the Iron Bowl. They even came back in the final minute to beat LSU in Death Valley.
Oregon played the only team that had beaten them in the Pac-12 Championship. The Ducks won 51-13 sealing their number 2 seed. Quarterback, Marcus Mariota figures to be this year’s Hiesman trophy winner.
Florida State has won 29 straight games, including an undefeated championship run last season. The Seminoles have made it interesting. 7 times they trailed and had to come back against opponents they were expected to beat handily. They, however have won every game and therefore deserve to be in the playoff.
Ohio State has shuffled through 3 quarterbacks due to injury. The season started with a narrow win against Navy and a bad loss to Virginia Tech. Since then, the Buckeyes have been dominate. In the Big 10 championship they beat Wisconsin 59-0. The shocking blowout was enough to propel the Buckeyes to the fourth and final seed.
Baylor and then TCU were the first two out, ranked 5 and 6 respectively. Its hard for the 2 Big 12 teams to complain. If their conference actually had a championship, one of them would have likely been represented in the playoff.
The selection committee got it right and we are all the winners for it. In risk of sounding like Larry Culpepper “Have you heard about the new College Football Playoff?” It sounds like one hell of a day in College Football.