My *FINAL* College Football Playoff Predictions – December 7, 2014

And we are here.  The day the committee will announce the top 4 teams in the country that will be competing in the first ever College Football Playoff.  This has been an exciting season.  One interesting this about this year is that the top teams seemed to keep winning that the end of the year.  It seemed like each year at least two of the top teams would get upset on the final week of the season (or week of conference championships).  The top teams continued to win in the end this year, and win in convincing fashion.  In fact, I would say that it is really hard to pick who belongs at #4, #5, and #6.

#1 and #2 seemed locked, with Alabama and Oregon winning convincingly in their conference championship games.  There is a possibility for Oregon to jump Alabama here.  However, it really doesn’t affect the geographic destinations of each team.  Oregon will go to the Rose Bowl and Alabama will go to the Sugar Bowl.  Who they will play is the great question.  So let’s get to it.

College Football Playoff Ranking Prediction for December 7, 2014

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Baylor
  6. TCU
  7. Michigan State
  8. Mississippi State
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Georgia Tech

Surprised TCU fell down three spots?  You shouldn’t be.  Plenty of reasons why this happens.

1.)  Florida State beat Georgia Tech to go undefeated.  That is a big feat and they played the best game this season against their strongest opponent.  This solidifies this in the top 4 and jumps them up a spot.

2.) Baylor beat Kansas State and looked impressive doing so.  This brings TCU’s and Baylor’s resumes closer, and allows the head to head to start affecting the rankings more.  The way Baylor played got them to this position of a possibly playoff birth.  However the next point is probably the biggest thing of note.

3.)  Ohio State absolutely throttled Wisconsin with their back up QB.  It wasn’t even close.  They almost look like a better team with the Jones at QB.  This will ultimately impress the committee, and Ohio State will go to the playoff.

The Big 12 really cost itself.  The Big 12 not going for additional teams so that they can have a conference championship game could have an impact of the reason why TCU or Baylor is not moving on.  I firmly believe that if the Big 12 had a conference championship game, this would have benefited the teams.

 

 

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