So this was an exciting weekend in college football and I hope you got to see some games. Now for some analysis.
The playoff picture is coming in to focus while the Heisman race is blurring. Right now here is how I would see things playing out with the conferences:
SEC champion: Alabama over Florida
Pac-12 champion: Stanford over Utah
Big Ten champion: Ohio State over Iowa
Big 12 champion: Oklahoma
ACC champion: Clemson over North Carolina
Playoff: (1) Clemson vs (4) Oklahoma and (2) Alabama vs (3) Ohio State
Championship: Alabama over Oklahoma
Pac-12 is definitely getting left out of the playoff at this point. If Clemson drops a game and Notre Dame wins out, the ACC could get left out too. If Baylor ends up winning the Big 12, Clemson loses one and Notre Dame wins out, then I don’t envy the position of the committee. Not one bit.
But how things are going now, Alabama looks unstoppable. They have things figured out. Clemson still has a soft schedule and close games with their better competition, so I don’t see them holding up in the playoff. Ohio State has too many weaknesses. Oklahoma is peaking at the right time and I think will win out. But we’ll see.
Right now I predict the Heisman ceremony will be attended by Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette, Ezekiel Elliot, Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield. The winner? It’s looking like Derrick Henry will take it, but I would keep an eye on Baker Mayfield who is playing really well and gets some great competition in his final weeks to make a statement.
If I were on the playoff committee, this is how I would rank the teams right now:
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma State
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan State
12. North Carolina
18. Florida State
25. Ole Miss
For the New Year’s Bowls, here’s what I think:
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs Michigan State
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs Baylor
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs Florida
Peach Bowl: Houston vs Iowa