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2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Alabama vs. Washington Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

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Who’s going to win the 2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl? Check out the prediction, game preview, history and scores.


2017 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA, 3:00 or 7:00 ET, ESPN

No. 1 Alabama, SEC, 13-0

No, this isn’t Nick Saban’s best team, but it’s not all that far off. No, it’s not unbeatable, but no one’s been all that close to beating it. Here’s the thing, though – the SEC is way down. Rolling though LSU, Auburn, and Texas A&M isn’t like what it was in previous years, but that’s looking for a pimple on the beauty queen. The Crimson Tide beat ten bowl teams, and that doesn’t include Ole Miss.

– Florida went on some stunning marches in the SEC Championship, but the Bama D more than made up for them with three interception, including a pick six that all but ended the fun early. Alabama is amazing when it comes to the NOTs – its term for non-offensive touchdowns. The special teams and defense hold up their end of the scoring workload.

– As always, the biggest key is that ability of Alabama to come in waves of amazing talent. The rotation is breathtaking, with the next-man-up almost always better than everyone else’s current-man-in. Again, no, this isn’t Saban’s best team, but it might be among the most complete – the depth has plenty to do with that.

– Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs is okay, and the Tide didn’t deal with USC’s Sam Darnold until the opener was already effectively over. For the most part, Bama hasn’t had to deal with a top quarterback other than Chad Kelly, and he helped Ole Miss crank up 43 points. Of course the defense is the real deal, but there aren’t any lightweight quarterbacks on the CFP schedule.

No. 4 Washington, Pac-12, 12-1

The Huskies might not have played the toughest schedule, but it’s a Power Five champion that went 12-1 – there has yet to be one in the College Football Playoff era who didn’t make it into the final top four. There isn’t one true signature, dominant win over a killer, but there plenty of midrange ones with blowouts over Stanford, Washington State, and Colorado. But it took overtime to get by Arizona and the non-conference slate of Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State doesn’t help. There’s certainly a Prove It factor here.

– There’s no questioning the talent on D with at least seven NFL prospects flowing in and out. Swarming, aggressive, and tough as nails, the Dawgs are amazing at takeaways and almost as good at coming up with third down stops. If this group gets into a groove, forget about it. Wazzu and Colorado have excellent offenses that were slowed to a dead stop.

– Jake Browning might have sputtered and struggled against USC – killing his Heisman hopes – but he threw two touchdown passes or more against everyone else, finishing with 42 on the year with just seven picks. A big play producer, he throws a great deep ball and is fearless at the right times. He plays like he has a D that can bail him out if needed.

– Chris Petersen can punch his weight with any coach left standing in the top four. He’s won two Fiesta Bowls with far less talent at Boise State than he has in Seattle, and now, after this season, has six conference titles in 11 years as a head coach. A great showing in the CFP takes his profile up to a whole other level.

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl History, Results

Dec. 31, 2015 Houston 38 Florida State 24
Dec. 31, 2014 TCU 42 Mississippi 3
Dec. 31, 2013 Texas A&M 52 Duke 48
Dec. 31, 2012 Clemson 25 LSU 24
Dec. 31, 2011 Auburn 42 Virginia 23
Dec. 31, 2010 Florida State 26 South Carolina 17
Dec. 31, 2009 Virginia Tech 37 Tennessee 14
Dec. 31, 2008 LSU 38 Georgia Tech 3
Dec. 31, 2007 Auburn 23 Clemson 20 (OT)
Dec. 30, 2006 Georgia 31 Virginia Tech 24
Dec. 30, 2005 LSU 40 Miami 3
Dec. 31, 2004 Miami 27 Florida 10
Jan. 2, 2004 Clemson 27 Tennessee 14
Dec. 31, 2002 Maryland 30 Tennessee 3
Dec. 31, 2001 North Carolina 16 Auburn 10
Dec. 29, 2000 LSU 28 Georgia Tech 14
Dec. 30, 1999 Mississippi State 17 Clemson 7
Dec. 31, 1998 Georgia 35 Virginia 33
Jan. 2, 1998 Auburn 21 Clemson 17
Dec. 28, 1996 LSU 10 Clemson 7
Dec. 30, 1995 Virginia 34 Georgia 27
Jan. 1, 1995 N.C. State 28 Mississippi State 24
Dec. 31, 1993 Clemson 14 Kentucky 13
Jan. 2, 1993 North Carolina 21 Mississippi State 17
Jan. 1, 1992 East Carolina 37 N.C. State 34
Dec. 29, 1990 Auburn 27 Indiana 23
Dec. 30, 1989 Syracuse 19 Georgia 18
Dec. 31, 1988 N.C. State 28 Iowa 23
Jan. 2, 1988 Tennessee 27 Indiana 22
Dec. 31, 1986 Virginia Tech 25 N.C. State 24
Dec. 31, 1985 Army 31 Illinois 29
Dec. 31, 1984 Virginia 27 Purdue 24
Dec. 30, 1983 Florida State 28 North Carolina 3
Dec. 31, 1982 Iowa 28 Tennessee 22
Dec. 31, 1981 West Virginia 26 Florida 6
Jan. 2, 1981 Miami 20 Virginia Tech 10
Dec. 31, 1979 Baylor 24 Clemson 18
Dec. 25, 1978 Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21
Dec. 31, 1977 N.C. State 24 Iowa State 14
Dec. 31, 1976 Kentucky 21 North Carolina 0
Dec. 31, 1975 West Virginia 13 N.C. State 10
Dec. 28, 1974 Texas Tech 6 Vanderbilt 6
Dec. 28, 1973 Georgia 17 Maryland 16
Dec. 29, 1972 N.C. State 49 West Virginia 13
Dec. 30, 1971 Mississippi 41 Georgia Tech 18
Dec. 30, 1970 Arizona State 48 North Carolina 26
Dec. 30, 1969 West Virginia 14 South Carolina 3
Dec. 30, 1968 LSU 31 Florida State 27