Over the last several weeks, I have previewed the various NCAA Football bowl games. Now it is time to preview the inaugural college football playoffs. The first game will be the Rose Bowl and it will feature Oregon vs. Florida State. The second game will be the Sugar Bowl and it will feature Alabama vs. Ohio State.
Oregon vs. Florida State- Remember the 2006 Rose Bowl when Vince Young made all those millions of dollars he got from the NFL in one game, the Rose Bowl, in which he had 467 yards from scrimmage and no turnovers? Well many consider that game to be perhaps the greatest college football game ever played. This one won’t top it, but it will come very close. Florida State has the nationals longest winning streak, with 27 in a row dating back to 2012. Jameis Winston has yet to lose a game as the starting quarterback of Florida State. Still, Florida State has lived dangerously all season, falling behind often and needing second half comebacks to remain undefeated. Bad news is that won’t work in this game. Oregon is better than any opponent they have faced in the ACC this season. Marcus Mariota won the Heisman, and is the number one player on every NFL big board right now for the 2015 NFL draft. I believe the living dangerously finally comes back to bite Florida State, and Oregon wins this game 45-31.
Alabama vs. Ohio State- What a ride 2014 has been for the Buckeyes. They had dreams of a national championship with Braxton Miller as the quarterback. Yeah, that was two quarterbacks ago. Miller was lost for the season during Fall camp, so the Buckeyes turned to freshman J.T. Barrett. After that early season debacle against Virginia Tech, Barrett got better as the season went along, but was lost for the season late in the year with a leg injury. The Buckeyes now turn to Cardale Jones, who has just one career start. Meanwhile the Crimson Tide have been less than impressive all season and are the number one team by default. If this is the best team in college football this season this is a down year, seriously. Still, I expect Alabama to win this game 41-20.
National Championship- This leaves us will Alabama and Oregon in the National Championship. Some might say this will be a good game, but to tell you the truth, I won’t expect it to be. In recent years, whenever that great Alabama defense has played a quarterback with a pulse, they’ve looked bad. Well guess what, it doesn’t get any better at quarterback than Marcus Mariota. I think this one is going to be a blow out. Final score Oregon wins 48 24.