Sunday December 6, 2015 the College Football Playoffs will be determined and there is some real competition for the final three spots. There is a lot of criticism this year on the selection process but from the prior season it proved to declare the right College Football Championship winning team. Conference championship games this weekend will be sure to have us on the edge of our seats. Here are my predictions for the 2015 College Football Playoffs.
Oklahoma is the only program locked into the final four after becoming Big 12 champions. Oklahoma is led by Heisman hopeful quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has 3,389yds 35tds 5ints 420 rushing yards 7tds.
Oklahoma is ranked No. 3 in the nation with 45 points per game with their high tempo offense.
OU’s resume is very impressive, not only going 11-1 on the year, but also some high profile wins. Home wins over No. 25 Tennessee, West Virginia and No. 11 TCU helped build their case but the road wins over No. 12 Baylor and No. 17 Oklahoma State are what really makes them stand out to the committee.
Oklahoma’s high-powered offense is going to be a big test for any final bowl matchup going forward.
Alabama plays rival No. 18 Florida in the SEC Championship on Saturday. With another SEC trophy in Nick Saban’s sights, this one is sure to be another classic.
Alabama has bounced back after their one loss to No. 13 Ole Miss by taking care of Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, and Mississippi State which at the time were all ranked top 25. Alabama comes into the Championship game with the No. 3 ranked defense in the nation.
Derrick Henry, the leading Heisman voter in the country right now, has piled up 1,797 rushing yards with 22 touchdowns on the year, leading Alabama to the No. 28 rushing attack in the nation. Coker is very content in Lane Kiffin’s offense connecting with freshman breakout receiver, Calvin Ridley, for 791 yards 5tds.
Clemson battles North Carolina in the ACC Championship game on Saturday.
With a win Clemson should and will be ranked as the No.1 program in the country. Their 12-0 record is not only worth bragging rights but supported by great wins over No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Florida State.
Clemson’s successful season is due to the play of their sophomores. Quarterback DeShaun Watson posted 3,979 total yards and 36 total touchdowns. Watson was accompanied by the rushing game of Wayne Gallman and his nine touchdowns on the year.
Clemson is faced with a real tight situation. Comfortable as the No.1 seed the last three weeks now, Clemson now has a chance of not placing in the playoffs with a loss to North Carolina.
North Carolina, lead by senior duel-threat Marquise Williams, placed 8-0 in the ACC conference with a win over Pitt. So with an ACC Championship and a win over No. 1 Clemson, that could give the spot to UNC.
Michigan State collides with Iowa in the BIG 10 Championship.
Michigan State is somewhat of a wild card to some selection boards, but their playoff hopes are very bright, provided they end the season with a win on Saturday. MSU is ranked No. 5 in the country and has an outstanding portfolio with huge wins over No. 16 Oregon and BIG 10 rivals Michigan and No. 6 Ohio State.
Connor Cook has thrown for 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Cook is the BIG 10 QB of the year and has proven to be a leader on the field for the Spartans.
Iowa and the backfield duo of Canzeri and Daniels Jr., rushing for a total of 1,556 and 20 touchdowns, posted a 12-0 overall record for the 2016 season. But with their case lacking strength with just a wins over Wisconsin and No. 14 North Western, a MSU win would give them enough of a push to get the bid.
Cotton Bowl, Dec 31, 2015
Alabama over Michigan St.
Orange Bowl, Dec 31, 2015
Oklahoma over Clemson
College Football Playoff National Championship, Jan 11, 2016