I just wrote I wasn’t going to make any predictions on the college football playoff. Here we go:
1 Alabama vs 4 Ohio State: Nick Saban vs Urban Meyer, two longtime college football powerhouses. Ohio State seems to be able to swap out quarterbacks and still win. Saban is playing a team that doesn’t play a up-tempo offense, so he has the opportunity to set his defense into situations. I think that’s the big difference in this game, because Urban Meyer will have his guys ready to play. It’s going to be closer than we think, but Alabama wins because their defense will get Ohio State’s offense off the field. Not sure if Ohio State can do the same with the Tide.
2 Oregon vs 3 Florida State: This game is one of those ridiculously hard to predict events. I’m wavering on this one because it has the potential to be a blowout on either side. Says here Florida State is the defending national champion, but that team’s impact players are in the NFL or gone. Except for the key player, Jameis Winston, whom I think is going to be a better pro than Marcus Mariota. But better pros don’t always win college football games. I just think Oregon’s defense is a little better than Florida State’s, and Jim Fisher puts too much pressure on Winston to carry that team. Says here Oregon wins the Rose Bowl, although rarely does Oregon face a team with as much team speed as they have.
If you put money on these games based on BSP predictions, you need to have your head examined. The SI experts? Seven of eight pick Alabama, six of eight pick Florida State.