2018-2019 College Football Playoff
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Saturday, December 29th
4:00, ESPN, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
The team is getting its shot. It didn’t have to play a conference championship, and it didn’t deal with any SEC teams or anyone who was all that great since beating Michigan in the opener, but 12-0 is 12-0. The Irish beat eight bowl teams, and that doesn’t count Navy, Florida State, or USC. They beat the ACC (Pitt) and Big Ten (Northwestern) runner-ups, and again, they’re unbeaten.
With the emergence of QB Ian Book and RB Dexter Williams, the backfield has been outstanding, the defense has yet to get ripped up by anyone – giving up fewer than 24 points to everyone but Wake Forest in a 56-27 win, and there’s an attitude now. As a double-digit underdog, get ready for the Irish to be better than the speedbump many will expect.
While everyone has been in love with Alabama – and rightly so – Clemson has been every bit as dominant over the second half of the season thanks to a defense that got rolled by the South Carolina passing game, but allowed 16 points or fewer – and ten points or less eight times – in seven of the last eight games.
The ACC wasn’t any good, and there was a struggle to survive Syracuse and a fight early on against Texas A&M, but the switch was flipped on after the win over the Orange, the results were breathtaking. 11 of the wins were brutal blowouts, and now it’s time to get to national championship for the third time in four years.
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Saturday, December 29th
8:00, ESPN, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
With the No. 1 offense in college football, it’s a fun, exciting team that overcame a rocky defense with a brilliant scheme with a slew of thrilling playmakers. Kyler Murray has turned in an even bigger season than Baker Mayfield’s 2017 Heisman campaign, perfectly conducting an offense that rolled up 48 points or more nine times this year and only scored lower than 37 once when Army controlled the game with its ground attack.
No, the defense hasn’t been anything sensational, but it’s been able to hold serve just enough to get by. The Orange Bowl isn’t going to be any sort of a defensive battle, and this offense is equipped to keep up and do something special.
The Crimson Tide are turning in one of the great seasons in college football history, with the talent, the explosion, the dominance, and as it showed against Georgia, the clutch ability to rise up when needed to come through. But was the SEC Championship the one shot at getting this group? Tua Tagovailoa’s injured ankle is supposed to be okay by late December, and even if it’s not, the rest of the team is so good that it should be able to win this with a less-than-100% star.
No No. 1 seed has ever won the College Football Playoff, and Alabama has only gone unbeaten once under Nick Saban. But this is his best offense by far, and the defense is its typical killer. Give this team a month off to recharge, and look out.
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College Football Playoff National Championship
Monday, January 7th
8:00, ESPN. Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Orange Bowl Winner vs. Cotton Bowl Winner
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