After a weekend that did not feature much in the way of upsets or chaos The Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners and Michigan State Spartans were selected for the College Football Playoff. Number 1 Clemson and number 4 Oklahoma will play on December 31st in the Orange Bowl. Number 2 Alabama and number 3 Michigan State will compete the same night in the Cotton Bowl. The National Championship will be decided Monday, January 11th at 5:30pm P.T. on ESPN.
"The Tigers are arguably the most well-rounded team in the country. They can throw the ball or run the ball, they can defend both the pass and the run, and they have a special teams unit as solid as they come. No matter who they end up paired with for the playoff semi-final, they will be prepared. Dabo Swinney has this team clicking on all cylinders, as they prepare to make a run at a National Championship."
"Oklahoma has been perfect all season, save for a disastrous loss to Texas in October. The Sooners are a little unconventional, with short ex-walk-on Baker Mayfield stepping in at quarterback and leading them on a ridiculous run through the Big 12. Mayfield's been an incredible story, landing in Norman after not sticking at Texas Tech and going on to throw this year for better than 3,000 yards and a 35-to-5 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. From nowhere, he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country."
"The offense is a big part of the domination. The Crimson Tide bounced around between different quarterbacks earlier in the season, but they finally decided on Jacob Coker and haven't looked back. Coker has starred both through the air and with his feet this year, and he's benefited from the addition of star wide receiver Calvin Ridley. And don't forget likely Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who passed Herschel Walker as the SEC's single season rushing leader."
"The Spartans have a lot going for them. They're certainly battle-tested, but they're also talented. Senior quarterback Connor Cook struggled a little bit in the Big Ten championship game, but he's had a terrific season. So have receivers Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings and tight end Josiah Price. Running backs Scott, Gerald Holmes and Madre London have given the backfield some youthful punch, and it all works because of a steady offensive line anchored by left tackle Jack Conklin. The defense is good, too, even though it doesn't have the sort of dominating cornerback the Spartans have had in most recent years. Inside linebacker Riley Bullough and pass-rushing end Shilique Calhoun are the ring leaders for a unit that stands No. 26 nationally in total defense and No. 19 in points allowed."
We will find out where the USC Trojans are headed later today.