Well, we’re officially over the halfway mark in the college football season, and that just sucks because college football is awesome, On the plus side, we are near Bowl Season, which is great for every gambler, and also the College Football Playoff is approaching. Tonight the College Football Playoff Committee will release the names of the four teams they have in the playoff game if the playoffs started this weekend, as well as the additional teams that they think could potentially get in if one of the first four teams loses.
Now as an avid fan of college football, I took it upon myself to make a prediction as to who I think the Committee will have in the playoff tonight, which is most likely going to be the same as theirs, but regardless here’s who I would into the College Football Playoff:
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Alabama is really good… again. With the SEC being down this year, the reigning National Champs continue to be the premier program in college football today and have been pummeling teams this year. Although their defense isn’t what it has been compared to ones on their recent National Championship defenses, freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has ignited this offense as one of the best in the country and has easily been the most excited quarterback Nick Saban has ever had. Speaking of Saban, he’s still the best coach in college football, and I don’t expect him and the Crimson Tide to miss out on the Playoff this year.
I would have had Ohio State here if they didn’t lose to Penn State, but they did, and Penn State fans have been annoying as hell about it ever since. Regardless, Michigan is back to being a dominating program, and they have Jim Harbaugh to thank for that. Led by Heisman hopeful and Mr. Do-It-All Jabrill Peppers, the Wolverines have been steamrolling everyone on their schedule this year, with the exception of the Wisconsin Badgers. The only test Michigan has left on their schedule is going to Ohio State at the end of the season, which by no means is an easy task, but if they can come away with a victory there isn’t any reason why they won’t be in the Playoff. I also think it’s pretty kick ass that they’re sponsored by Jordan, but that’s neither here nor there.
Let me start this part of my article by saying that I hate Clemson and think Dabo Swinney is an asshole, but despite my feelings, I still have them in the Playoff. They’ve been pulling wins out of their ass this year, including two impressive wins versus Louisville and Florida State, and quarterback Deshaun Watson is in the Heisman conversation again this season. I don’t see Clemson having any more tests on the rest of their schedule, so they should end up in the Playoff, but I think one loss would have the voters taking them out because the ACC isn’t one of the strongest conferences this year.
Full disclosure, I did not think Washington was going to be good at all this year, but mostly because they’ve been pretty average for most of my life and I don’t watch a ton of Pac 12 football. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning is having an out of body experience this season with the numbers he’s putting up, and is one of the frontrunners of this year’s Heisman race. Besides having great play from their star quarterback, their defense has also been playing very well this year and ranks in the top 20 in the nation. Due to the Pac 12 being one of the worst conferences in football this year, the Huskies can’t afford to lose a game for the rest of the season, because I think a loss would knock them out of the playoff.
As it stands, I don’t really see the playoff picture changing because I don’t see any of these teams losing for the remainder of the season, but that’s why they play the game. If one of these teams were to lose though, I would imagine that the first two teams in would either be Louisville, mostly because everyone wants to see quarterback and probably Heisman winner Lamar Jackson in the playoff, or Ohio State because they’re still one of the best teams in the country and they have a massive following. I personally hope Louisville somehow gets in because Jackson has been awesome to watch this year and I’d like to see how he does against some of the best in the country, but we’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out.