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.

The NBA Playoffs: First Round Predictions

The Mavericks and Grizzlies are switching sides in the standings, and so are the Nets and Wizards, yet still, this will be an exciting first round, with more upsets than ever. Here are the predictions for who moves on.

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks

The Pacers have struggled against the Hawks mightily this season, and they will continue. The Hawks will win in 7 games.

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats

The Heat have had no problem against Charlotte. The Miami Heat will continue their quest for a 3-peat with a sweep.

(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Brooklyn Nets

With late Pacers struggles, the Heat and the Nets are the Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The Raptors have arrived in the playoffs for the first time since Chris Bosh led them in the 2007-2008 season. Raptors come up with the upset in 7 games.

(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington Wizards

Chicago has done lots of damage since the All-Star break to get to the playoffs, and have been the 4th seed for months. The Wiz Kids have been in the playoffs since mid-March, but it will end, as the Bulls win in 5 games.

Western Conference Playoff Picture

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Dallas Mavericks

Dallas did just enough to get the 8th seed, and they face the defending Western Conference Champions. The Spurs take care of business in 5 games.

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies won the series in 5 games against OKC a year ago, and the Thunder struggle mightily in the playoffs. The Griz win in 6 games.

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (6) Golden State Warriors

The Clips and the Warriors are Pacific division rivals, and they will battle in the trenches for this one. The Clips, winning in 6 games, due to no Andrew Bogut for the Warriors.

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers

The Rockets and Blazers have had their ups and downs, so this will be a tough series to call, but everyone knows that Dwight Howard has what it takes to lead his team past the first round. Rockets in 5 games.

The MLB Playoffs: After 162 Games

The MLB season has featured some surprise teams having 1st or 2nd Wild Card, while teams that were expected to win on a regular basis have had some tough games night after night. The season’s final playoff teams will come down to the 162nd game. Here is how the playoff picture will look going into September and October.

AL

Division Leaders: Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers

Wild Card: Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers

There are some teams that are expected to make it to the Fall Classic (Tigers, Rangers, Rays), and teams that have turned it around from the past few seasons (A’s, Red Sox).

NL

Division Leaders: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Dodgers

Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Philles

2 usuals (Braves, Cardinals) and teams we have not seen in years (Dodgers, Pirates, Phillies).

MLB World Series

Rays vs. Dodgers

LA Dodgers will take the series in 6 games.

MVP: Matt Kemp, CF