Way Too Early College Football Playoff Predictions
We've played two games so far this college football season (well, most have. Sorry LSU), and that means we're confident we all know who will be in the 2nd annual College Football Playoff... right?
Well, in case you aren't sure who will be in it, I'll fill you in.
*Disclosure: I have the right to change my mind, although there's no need for it*
This one is pretty obvious. The Buckeyes are the reigning national champs, and they've got the easiest route to the playoff. Their only legitimate challenge is when they take on the Michigan State Spartans late in the season on November 21. Of course, they'll then play in the B1G Championship Game, but it'll be against the winner of the West, and that division is just a hot mess right now.
The Buckeyes will get the #1 seed. Go ahead and punch that ticket.
Yes, the schedule is brutal; yes, the quarterback play is still in question; and yes, the special teams have been sub par thus far, but Alabama still has the most talented roster in college football. If you doubt that, then just go through the past five years' recruiting rankings. They've shown that they can handle the pressure of prime time television, beating the Wisconsin Badgers 35-17 in Week 1. The test will be tough, but it'll work out just fine for Nick Saban's squad.
The Tide will get the #2 seed. Go ahead and punch that ticket too while you're at it.
Didn't think we'd see the Trojans from Los Angeles in the College Football Playoff this soon, did you? Head coach Steve Sarkisian may have gotten himself in trouble a few weeks ago with his inappropriate behavior at the Salute to Troy event, but he's got the football team on a path to success on the field. Quarterback Cody Kessler has the second highest passer rating in college football. If he continues that kind of play, he'll lead the Trojans to basically any championship they want.
USC will get the #3 seed. Mark it down.
Oh, and this would give us a match-up with Alabama in the first round; a preview of just nine months away from the two teams playing yet again to open up the 2016 season.
They haven't looked extremely impressive so far, and the injury bug seems to be hitting them pretty hard, but don't let that fool you. This TCU team is still a solid squad. They'll have plenty of time to heal up before the tough conference games start, and they finish the season with Oklahoma and Baylor; two games that will impress the selection committee should the Horned Frogs win.
How about this match-up in the first round of the College Football Playoff? Ohio State vs. TCU??? The scoreboard better be working perfectly that night.