With the regular season and conference championship games over, records for the first part of the College Football Season are finalized, and the College Football Playoff Committee has made their decision on which four teams will have a chance to compete for the coveted BCS College Football Title. The playoff will feature two play-in games between these four powerhouse teams on January 1st, with the winners facing off in the College Football National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on January 8th.
1.) Clemson Tigers: There is not much to say about Clemson quite honestly, other than they are a team that simply gets the job done. All year, the Tigers have gone toe-to-toe with top contenders in the college game such as Auburn, Florida State, Virginia Tech and, most recently, an impressive 38-3 blowout of the Miami Hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The only blemish on the Tigers schedule came in October with a three-point loss to Syracuse, but that just seemed to fuel the powerful Tigers through the remainder of the season.
Led by former walk-on wide-receiver Hunter Renfrow, the team will head into a matchup with the number four ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, who they have seen in the past two National Championship games. Renfrow has the Tides number as of late, having 180 receiving yards and four touchdowns against the Alabama defense the last two seasons.
2.) Oklahoma Sooners: The Oklahoma Sooners are a team with explosive players that can hurt teams in a number of different ways, with the most notable being former walk-on quarterback and recently named Heisman-Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield, who has led the team to an 11-1 record, in which they are averaged almost 49 points-per-game. He has gotten the job done for the team both through the air, as well as on the ground when will all else fails.
If the Sooners wish to beat a talented Georgia Bulldogs team in the Rose Bowl, they will need to bring the same up-tempo offense that they have shown all year, with Mayfield being a key contributor once again.
3.) Georgia Bulldogs: The Georgia Bulldogs, who spent a short spirt of the season ranked as the number one football team in the country come into the playoff as the South-Eastern Conference Champions with a record of 12-1. The Dogs’ are a fundamentally sound football team who can either hurt you on the ground with a few different running-backs such as Nick Chubb, or through the air with true-freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.
A little over a year ago, Fromm was quarterbacking a high-school team in Warner Robins, Georgia. Now, he is facing off with Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield in a playoff game, similar to a heavy-weight title fight, with a chance to play for a National Championship. The future is bright for Fromm, and he will need to step up early in his career, which he has already proven capable of, if he wishes to knock off the Oklahoma Sooners come New Year’s Day in Pasadena.
4.) Alabama Crimson Tide: The Alabama Crimson Tide is almost too familiar with playoff football. In this year’s playoff, the Tide will look to capture their 17th National Championship in football, and 5th under head coach Nick Saban. Saban knows how to coach a championship-caliber football team, and in his ten years as a coach for the tide, they have spent all, or at least some part of the season as the number one ranked football team in the country.
Even without a chance to play in the SEC championship game, after a loss to Auburn to ruin their untainted record in the final week of the regular season, the Tide have been given a chance to compete for another National Title. Now, do not underestimate this football team, as they are still arguably the best team in college football and look to prove it in a few weeks in their matchup with Clemson.
The two play-in games will include the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will face off in the All-State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. As for the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs, they will face off in the 104th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California.