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08 December, 2017, 10:36 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • The case for Georgia to win the College Football Playoff

MI coach Jim Harbaugh would like to see the College Football Playoff expanded to 16 teams.

There was a good chance Alabama, a team completely deserving of a playoff spot, wouldn't make it because of its loss on the road to then-No.

The 2017 playoff will mark the second straight year the Big Ten champion (Penn State last year and Ohio State this season) has been excluded from the playoff.

It was announced on Sunday that this year's semifinal playoff games will feature the No. 2 seed Oklahoma against the No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 1, and No. 1 Clemson against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans that same night.

If you are questioning whether or not the players on the teams invited to the CFP could handle the amount of games in an extended playoff format, just look at the Football Championship Subdivision.

More games began being televised beginning in the 1984 season.

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This season, the playoff field consists of Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama, ranked in that order.

The excitement from Georgia's first Southeastern Conference championship in a dozen seasons was enhanced Sunday afternoon when the Bulldogs were seeded No. 3 in college football's four-team playoff and received an invitation to the hallowed Rose Bowl to face No. 2 Oklahoma on New Year's Day in the first of two national semifinals. What if it was Ohio State the Tigers were playing, and Clemson beat the Buckeyes and went on to win the whole thing.

Ohio State, with two losses, knocked undefeated Wisconsin out of the equation by defeating the Badgers in the Big 10 Conference title game. Expect both teams to rely heavily on their defenses, which have been strong all year long.

The campuses of Clemson, Georgia and Alabama are in close proximity in the Southeast - Clemson and Georgia are just 75 miles apart. The Tide now ranks first in total defense, allowing only 3,093 yards in 12 games. 6 Auburn. The committee made the right decision putting the Crimson Tide in over the Buckeyes, who were shut out past year by Clemson in the semi-finals. That isn't a team he has in Clemson. If it's a high scoring game, I believe OU will come out on top. The Sooners ended their 2002 season with a 34-14 thrashing of Washington State in the Rose Bowl, which is the lone previous time Oklahoma has played in Pasadena, Calif. The Sooners will be looking to make up for their performance in the 2015 playoff, when they fell to Clemson 37-17 in the semifinal, whereas the Bulldogs are looking to make the most of their first playoff appearance.

Mayfield (262-of-369 passing for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and just five interceptions) carries himself with undeniable swagger, a big-time playmaker who craves pressure-packed situations. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have combined for more than 2,100 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns apiece. And the matchup will be between Oklahoma and Georgia, the second and third-ranked teams, respectively. "There are so many transplants in LA, and I would argue there are more Georgia and Oklahoma people in this town than OR people who would come to the game". "You have a great model with the National Football League with their 12 teams and a great model in the FCS with their 16 teams and they just (increased) it to 24".

No matter what occurs, take some time to relax after finals and enjoy one of the best times of the year to be a college football fan.

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