After Rivalry Week and with the picture getting clearer, what will be the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six look like?
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Auburn vs. Ohio State
What Will Happen: The loser of the SEC Championship will get here – Georgia will take the rematch and move on to the CFP. The committee would rather put Ohio State in the Fiesta, but the Buckeye fans had to make that Glendale trip last year. The showdown with the Tigers will pack the house.
Miami vs. Alabama
What Will Happen: In a perfect world, Miami would deal with UCF in a showdown of Sunshine State teams, but the top-ranked Big Ten or SEC team available will slide in here.
It might be a bitter disappointment for the Crimson Tide, but they’d better come ready for a Hurricane team that’ll bring it at home after losing the ACC title game to Clemson.
TCU vs. UCF
The Cotton Bowl will be ticked off in a big, big way over Notre Dame’s loss to Stanford – this would’ve been the slot for the Irish. Fine, it’ll take UCF to go against a TCU team that should do a decent job of bringing the fans.
usc vs. Penn state
The Pac-12 champion will be here against either Penn State or the Big Ten championship loser. The Nittany Lions and Trojans might be playing a rematch of last year’s Rose Bowl classic, but absolutely no one is going to mind if the two do that again.
College Football Playoff: Rose Bowl
No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
The Badgers will take care of Ohio State in slugfest while Georgia will take down Auburn in the rematch of the ugly Tiger blowout a few weeks ago.
Wisconsin’s defense will rise up when needed against a Buckeye offense that’ll show a little bit of explosion early, but not enough over the second half of the game. The Badgers move on, Georgia – whose defense makes a statement after being embarrassed in Jordan-Hare – will be all fired up to be in Pasadena and in the CFP.
Wisconsin’s D will be even more effective with a month off, pulling off a thriller over the Bulldogs to ruin the narrative of Georgia getting to play in Atlanta for the national title.
College Football Playoff: Sugar Bowl
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
The Tigers will handle the Hurricanes in a spirited fight. The Miami defense will make its mark, but the offense won’t be able to do enough to overcome an early deficit. Clemson will deal with an Oklahoma team that will do just enough to survive a fight against a fired up TCU defense.
The Clemson defensive front will give the Oklahoma offense a nightmare of a time. Heisman-winner Baker Mayfield will be a marked man from the start, and while it won’t be a repeat of the Orange Bowl loss to the Tigers two years ago, it’ll be a frustrating day for the Sooner O.
College Football Playoff National Championship: Atlanta
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s defense will keep this close as Clemson misfires on good drive after good drive, but the Badger attack won’t be able to get anything going until the second half.
The Tiger D line won’t wear down, the Clemson receivers will come through with a few deep plays, and after around 50 minutes of tension, the Tigers will finally break out on the way to its second straight national championship.