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NCAAF Playoffs

Loren Reed

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The college football season is like a huge party. It can get out of hand fast. So fast that when it’s over, you find that it went on much longer than it felt. The year started with 130 teams, and now, here they are, the final quartet standing.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1)

Preseason AP Top 25 ranking: 5

What they want us to remember: They lost Deshaun Watson, yet here they still are

Clemson’s biggest star stepped it up this year in joining the National Football League as a quarterback for the Texans, an the reigning national champs are back and fighting, ranked number one.

 

No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1)

Preseason AP Top 25 ranking: 7

What they want us to remember: Four wins over ranked teams, including two on the road vs. top-11 teams

This season was the Sooners first season without Bob Stoops after 18 seasons and quarterback Baker Mayfield’s final year. After being rejected at the Kansas game, Mayfield blew out the Jayhawks 41-3. Portraying the fire he has for the game, when fans talked crap on him before the Ohio State game, the sooners won 31-16, and proceeded to plant an OU flag at midfield. The heisman contender is leading his team toward their first national title since 2000.

 

No. 3 Georgia (12-1)

Preseason AP Top 25 ranking: 15

What they want us to remember: Their dismantling of Auburn on Saturday.

In the SEC Championship on Dec 2, the favored Auburn team fell to Georgia, ranked 15 in the preseason. They have lost one game this year and are currently on a 3 game winning streak.

 

No. 4 Alabama (11-1)

Preseason AP Top 25 ranking: 1

What they want us to remember: They were ranked No. 1 all season

Coach Nick Saban spoke that no two teams from the same conference should be allowed in the playoffs for the national title, yet here we are with two big SEC teams fighting for the national title. Alabama had a bye week and managed to sneak in over Ohio State to be ranked 4th.

 

The bowl games are set for New Year’s day and the set matchups are Clemson and Alabama (rematch of last year’s national title) in the sugar bowl, and Oklahoma and Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

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