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.