The College Football Playoff: Who’s Going to Tampa?

To think that 2016 is almost over, I must reflect on the great moments we have seen this year. We have seen the Golden State Warriors become the team with the most Ws in a season, to the team which took the biggest L in sports history, blowing a 3-1 lead. Villanova won the national championship in basketball on a buzzer-beater. Kevin Durant went to the Warriors, and they still couldn’t beat Cleveland on Christmas Day. The Orioles put in Ubaldo Jimenez instead of Zack Britton, and Edwin Encarnacion needed one swing for victory. The Chicago Cubs overcame a 3-1 lead to win their first World Series in 108 years. And Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington ALL will be in the College Football Playoff. A great way to end the year, here are my predictions for the 4 biggest college football games of the New Year’s Six.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: #4 Washington Huskies vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

All I have heard since November when the season ended has been ‘Oh, Washington gonna win, they got a chance’, but everyone knows it will never happen. 2014 should be a reminder to all of us that Ohio State was a #4 team that obviously should have been ranked higher. Washington is NOTHING compared to that Ohio State team. That team had future NFLers in Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, and Michael Thomas. Also, Alabama’s defense wasn’t as good as the one we have this year, led by DE Jonathan Allen and CB Minkah Fitzpatrick. Washington QB Jake Browning can keep it high-scoring, but I wouldn’t think it would even be a one-score game at the end of it all. Alabama takes it 45-31.

Playstation Fiesta Bowl: #3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #2 Clemson Tigers

This game has got me seriously mind-boggled as to who will win, and this game will probably be a 1-point win by either team. In fact, this’ll come down to OT. You know what, make that multiple OTs. This game might as well never end. Clemson, led by QB Deshaun Watson, has proved again it will contend for a national championship, with its big-play RB Wayne Gallman, receivers Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, and Hunter Renfrow, and defenders in LBs Ben Boulware, Kendall Joseph, and Safeties Jadar Johnson and Van Smith. Ohio State is led by QB JT Barrett, RB Mike Samuel, and WRs Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, and Dontre Wilson. If one defense will break and lost the game for their team, it’ll be Ohio State, as they have been relatively thin due to injuries. Clemson wins 50-49.

 

 

The Game: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Michigan and Ohio State have had some memorable matchups over the years, and now, this is the biggest rivalry in College Football history. This year could be the most exciting matchup in the rivalry, as Ohio State comes off what might be a playoff berth-ending loss to Michigan State, and Michigan tries to convince the College Football Playoff Committee that they should be in it as a 2-loss team. Here is who I think will win and what the scenarios would be after that:

The Game Preview

Jake Rudock, the Michigan QB, has looked like the best QB in college football since he saved Michigan’s playoff hopes by beating Indiana in a 2OT thriller. Ohio State played like they knew they would win the game no matter what, making some extremely head-scratching play calls throughout, leaving star RB Ezekiel Elliott to make his decision to elect for the NFL. I think that right now, the underdog is still Michigan, but the win will still come to them, and it may be a blowout loss for the Buckeyes.

What Happens Now?

Well, a lot of things need to happen. They cannot get higher than the 4th seed in the playoff to make things clear, but still, a lot of things need to go Michigan’s way for them to get into the playoff. First, Penn State has to beat Michigan State, which isn’t completely out of the question, but Michigan State has been hot as of late, so hold your breath Wolverine fans. Also, Florida State and Temple have to lose, putting each of them at 3 losses. Lastly, they need Stanford to beat Notre Dame, and then hold their breath until Tuesday night and pray that the Committee messes up big time, much like last year, when we saw no Big 12 Conference teams in the playoff. Anyways, TCU beating Baylor last night could for the Committee to ruin the playoff for everyone once again this year, so just pray Michigan fans. Just. Pray.

College Football Playoffs Championship: Oregon or Ohio State?

The College Football Playoff Championship is coming January 12th for the first time. Here is my prediction for who wins the CFP Championship.

#2 Oregon Ducks vs. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Oregon has Heisman winner Marcus Mariota. Ohio State has 3rd-string quarterback Cardle Jones. This is the national championship. For he first time ever, a REAL champion will be crowned. I think that both teams are evenly matched, but what you have to realize is that Oregon is ranked 84th in the nation in defense, which doesn’t bode well for the Ducks. Bucks win in the biggest upset in college football history.

Final Score

58-51, Ohio State

Offensive MVP: Cardale Jones, Ohio State

Defensive MVP: Eli Apple

College Football Playoffs: Who Wins Semifinals?

The College Football Playoff is coming January 1st for the first time. Here are my predictions for who wins in the CFP Semifinals.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State was not at all expected to make it in, as it was supposed to be all about Baylor or TCU, but in the B1G Ten Championship Game, backup QB Cardale Jones was replacing injured QB J.T. Barrett, who is out for the year with a broken foot, and led his team to a 59-0 drubbing of Wisconsin. Alabama has a new star in QB in Blake Sims, can throw the ball to star WR and Fred Biletnikoff Award Winner Amari Cooper. While Alabama lost many stars on defense such as CJ Mosley and Deion Belue, but they now have the hardest-hitting Strong Safety in all of college football in Landon Collins. Jones only has one start under his belt, but even that should not slow him and the Buckeyes down, as it should be a high-scoring shootout throughout and Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will steal one from Nick Saban and the Tide. Final Score: 27-23, Ohio State

#2 Oregon Ducks vs. #3 Florida State Seminoles

Oregon vs. Florida State. #2 vs. #3. 2014 Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota vs. 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston. The Seminoles are on a 29-game win streak, but Oregon thinks they have the capability to be able to make the Seminoles 30-game record as 29-1. While the ‘Noles defense will have a hard time containing Mariota, the Ducks defense will have to be guessing on every play on whether Winston throws the ball or runs it. Final Score: 34-31, Florida State.

Top 5 Best Bowl Games and Predictions (Not Including BCS Championship Game)

This is the most intriguing bowl season yet, and it will end with in the craziest way possible. Here are the previews for the 5 best bowl games of the 2013-14 season.

Number 5: Clemson vs. Ohio State, Discover Orange Bowl

Both of these teams are coming off losses, so this is pretty big. Ohio State lost in the B1G Ten Championship Game vs. Michigan State. Clemson had an upset win over LSU last year in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and it shall happen again, thanks to some Tajh Boyd heroics. Final Score: 27-23, Clemson.

Number 4: Oklahoma vs. Alabama, Allstate Sugar Bowl

Some Oklahoma heroics helped them beat Oklahoma State on their way to the Sugar Bowl. Alabama lost its last game vs. Auburn on the famous Kick-6. No miracles this time around, as Maxwell Trophy winner AJ McCarron will lead this team to victory. Final Score: 41-27, Alabama.

Number 3: Duke vs. Texas A&M, Chick-fil-A Bowl

Duke has been the biggest surprise this year, going 24th in the country. They lost in the ACC Championship Game to Florida State. Texas A&M on the other hand, has been very successful in the SEC. That success will continue. Final Score: 62-41, Texas A&M.

Number 2: UCF vs. Baylor, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

UCF and Baylor make their 1st BCS bowl appearances. This one won’t be a contest. Final Score: 28-3, Baylor.

Number 1: Stanford vs. Michigan State, Vizio Rose Bowl

MSU and Stanford are coming off huge wins in the B1G Ten and PAC-12 Championship Games. RBs Jeremy Langford (MSU) and Tyler Gaffney (Stanford) will help light up the scoreboard on the 100th Rose Bowl. Final Score: 37-33, Stanford.

2013-14 Heisman Trophy Top 3 Candidates; After Week 1

Last year, I came in partially correct on my prediction for the Heisman Trophy Award winner (Johnny Manziel). Here is this year’s Top 3:

Number 1: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson Tigers

Boyd went 18-30 for 330 yards, had 3 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs in the 38-35 upset win over Georgia. He will have big games for the rest of the season. Clemson should win the ACC and make it to the Orange Bowl.

Number 2: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Gamecocks

Clowney, better known as ‘THE FREAK’ is entering his junior year, is predicted to go Number 1 or Number 2 in the NFL Draft. He got off to a shaky start though, as he played with a stomach virus, but looked more exhausted than ever. He is getting over-criticized, in my opinion.

Number 3: Terrence Magee, RB, LSU Tigers

Well, well, well, an LSU player in the Heisman talk. He reminds me of Mark Ingram and LaMichael James in his college days. Magee has speed that compares him to NFL RB like Adrian Peterson. He had 2 TDs vs. TCU in the Cowboy Classic Game.

“And the 2013-14 Heisman Trophy Winner is… Tajh Boyd of the Clemson Tigers!”

The Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates – After Week 13

The Heisman Trophy candidate picture has completely changed after K-State and Oregon’s loss. Here are my updated top 5 candidates:

Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M Aggies QB)

Manziel has changed the whole picture about freshman QBs. He threw for 184 yards, and rushed for 92 yards off 18 carries in the 29-24 upset win over Alabama. If he does something like this again, he will be a huge candidate for the Heisman. He had 5 TDs total (3 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs) in the Aggies 59-29 win over their SEC rivals Mizzou (aka Missouri) Tigers.

Manti Te’o (Notre Dame Fighting Irish MLB)

Te’o is a linebacker who can change the game with one ferocious hit. He tackled Stefan Taylor an inch short of a game-winning OT TD on a 4th and goal in their win. He is also a big part of why the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are undefeated and at number 1 in the BCS Standings. His 4th and Goal tackle helped seal the deal in a 22-13 win over the USC Trojans. He also added a INT early in the first half.

Marquis Lee (USC Trojans WR)

Lee is a NFL-caliber receiver who has been a valuable target for the struggling Matt Barkley and Co. He is a big impact, as he set a USC receiving record with 349 in 1 game in their 39-38 loss to the unranked Arizona Wildcats.

AJ McCarron (Alabama Crimson Tide QB)

McCarron has led the Tide to some huge 4th quarter comebacks. He could lead them to a BCS title game appearance for the 2nd straight year. He had 3 TDs (all passing) in their Iron Bowl win over long-time rivals Auburn Tigers

Stepfan Taylor (Stanford Cardinal RB)

Stepfan Taylor has really made Stanford fans smile during the Cardinal’s post-Andrew Luck era. He was a huge factor in Stanford’s 2 upset wins over Oregon and USC. He rushed for 142 yards and 2 TDs in their 35-17 win over UCLA Bruins.

My call: The Heisman Memorial Trophy is presented to Stanford Cardinal Running Back Stepfan Taylor. The post-Andrew Luck era hasn’t been as bad as Stanford fans thought it would be thanks to Stepfan Taylor’s big performance throughout this season. Stanford has a appearance in the Pac-12 inaugural bowl game vs. UCLA Bruins, and if they win, they will play in the Vizio Rose Bowl at Pasadena, California.

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