After much scrutiny, the College Football Playoff committee got it right.
The four teams they picked (Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State) gave us two of the best games of the bowl season.
Oregon demolished FSU 59-20 in the Rose Bowl and Ohio State stunned Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl to give us a national championship that nobody, well except ESPN expert Austin Ward, predicted.
Monday will be fun. We have two top-five offenses that will play in the first national championship in Jerry’s House in Dallas.
Although some fan bases are pretty mad, looking at you TCU and Baylor, the 12-person committee picked the four most deserving teams and now we have a fun and exciting national championship.
The game features two of the most profiled quarterback’s in the game today.
Oregon’s Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, who many project will be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft, is looking to win the first national championship for the Oregon Ducks after falling 22-19 against Auburn in 2011.
On the other side of things Ohio State’s Cardale Jones at the beginning of the year was third on the Buckeyes’ depth chart. After Braxton Miller and backup J.T. Barrett both went down with injuries during the year, Jones had his first start in the Big Ten title game and hasn’t looked back.
My prediction: Oregon 42, Ohio State 35
The two national semifinal games weren’t just the best games of the bowl season. There was plenty for bowl fans to be happy about.
At the start of bowl season, the best game started in Miami with the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 23, which featured a back and forth battle between BYU and Memphis that ended after two overtimes in a brawl between both teams.
On Christmas Eve in the Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl, Central Michigan scored 34 points in the fourth quarter including a last-second hail mary. The Chippewas decided to go for two at the end and failed and ended up losing 49-48.
One of the feel good stories of the bowl season came when Penn State defeated Boston College 31-30 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The Nittany Lions learned this year that they were eligible for a bowl after the NCAA lifted their bowl ban after everything that happened with the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
As always the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day games lived up to the hype. On New Year’s Eve, Boise State won another Fiesta Bowl after defeating Arizona 38-30. TCU manhandled Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl and Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State 49-34 in the Orange Bowl.
On New Year’s Day, fans were treated with Wisconsin defeating Auburn in the Outback Bowl 34-31, Michigan State scored 21 in the fourth of the Cotton Bowl to defeat Baylor 42-41 and Missouri defeated Minnesota in 33-17 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.