2014-15 College Football Playoffs: The Predictions

 

2014 CFB Playoffs - Bracket

For years college football fans have been crying out for a playoff system so the top teams can battle it out to see who can come out on top and take the crown as the national champions.  We have that system in place now in the inaugural 2014-15 College Football Playoff and so far it looks like it is true-to-form.

Rose Bowl

#2 OREGON DUCKS versus #3 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

Date:  January 1 (Thursday)

Where:  Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Time:  4:30 ET

Channel to watch:  ESPN

Mariota and Winston

The Rose Bowl has last year’s champions and the undefeated Florida State Seminoles going up against a consistent and formidable team in the Oregon Ducks.  It will be a battle between last year’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Jameis Winston (Noles) and this year’s newly appointed winner in Marcus Mariota (Ducks).

The Seminoles will be the only undefeated team in the playoffs, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  Florida State was battling in almost every game the played in this season and, at times, had to rally to come from behind to win games.  The experience of winning championship last year and the tenacity they shown this season will give them an edge in the semifinal.

The Ducks have won eight straight games since losing to the Arizona Wildcats, but it was mostly the offense that would put them over the edge in games.  The Ducks’ defense is their weakness and it shows in the stats where they are ranked 50th in the country against the run.

I predict that both teams will start off slow, but if Oregon can get that high-powered offense going and jump out to a double-digit lead quickly, that will be too much for the Winston and the Seminoles to overcome.  This might be the time where Florida State plays with fire too long and will get burned.

My Pick:  Oregon

Sugar Bowl

#1 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE versus #4 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Date:  January 1 (Thursday)

Where:  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

Time:  8:30 ET

Channel to watch:  ESPN

This is a battle of two of the top college football coaches in Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.  Meyer is a two-time national champion coach who has the highest winning percentage (.837) of any active coach while Saban can sport four championship rings to show his accomplishments.

Saban and Meyer

The Buckeyes started a promising season wrong with a season-ending injury to starting QB Braxton Miller‘s throwing shoulder before the season even started and then back-up quarterback J.T. Barrett ended his season with a fractured ankle in a win against Michigan.  You would think it would be over for Ohio State and they wouldn’t make it to the inaugural College Playoff, but they proved us wrong with the obliteration of the Wisconsin Badgers with third-string QB Cardale Jones under center to win the Big Ten conference.  Can Urban Meyer keep throwing lucky rolls for the Buckeyes?

Is there much to say about Alabama that we don’t already know?  They have been the best team in the country for a long time and have been on a nice streak towards the end of this college football season by defeating five ranked teams.  They have one of the most complete teams in college football and leading them is junior wide receiver Amari Cooper, who’s arguably the best player in the nation.

It would be a shocker to see the Buckeyes pull off one of the biggest upsets with a win against the Tide in the Sugar Bowl, but I think this is too much pressure to put on a the Cardale Jones and Saban is going to find a way to confuse him.  The Crimson Tide is going for their fourth championship in six years and Ohio State don’t have enough to stop them.

My Pick:  Alabama

The winners of the semifinals will advance to the national championship game that will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on January 12 at 8:30 pm ET.

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One thought on “2014-15 College Football Playoffs: The Predictions

  1. Having a double digit lead over the Seminoles might be the worst thing, even if it is against my Ducks. Once you start winning by 10, 14, 21 points against FSU they always come back. It better be a game where it’s back and forth the whole way. I do think Oregon wins though but maybe by a scoreline of 37-33.

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