First Glance at the College Football Playoff

The regular season is over and the college football playoff is set. LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma will represent their respective conferences to see who’s the best team in the country.

The committee – for the most part – got this right, mainly because they didn’t have too many chances to screw it up. The top three teams all finished 13-0 and clearly separated themselves as the premier programs in college football this season. And the fourth spot fell into Oklahoma’s lap by default because all of the other contenders – Georgia, Utah and Oregon – lost in the final two weeks.

The main argument is how the committee ranked LSU and Ohio State. These two teams have flipped back and forth in the top spot before the committee ultimately went with LSU after they destroyed Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Although the gap between LSU and Ohio State was razor thin, that top spot was crucial as neither team really wants to face Clemson in the first round. The Tigers have won 28 straight games – including last year’s national championship – and are still an unknown at this point in the season. That’s crazy to say 13 weeks in, but Clemson hasn’t been tested in a horrible ACC. It’s still unclear if we’re looking at a good Clemson team or if we’re looking at a generational Clemson team.

At a first glance, I think LSU will get past Oklahoma, although it’ll be closer than most are expecting. The second game between Ohio State and Clemson has the potential to be the game of the year and could honestly be the two best teams in the country squaring off. Gun to head, I’m taking Ohio State but I’m not happy about it.

Now we just have to wait three long weeks before seeing this madness unfold.

PS- Penn State finished in the top 10 of the final rankings and I wasn’t going to let that go unnoticed.


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