Who’s In and Who’s Out?

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Connor Katz, Writer

As of Sunday the teams are set for the 6th annual college football playoffs. It seems like every year there is a debate. Did the committee get the four teams right? I believe that this year the committee did get the four teams right. The four teams are LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Oklahoma. The one seed LSU will play the four seed Oklahoma in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl while the two seed Ohio State will play defending champions, Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. LSU and Ohio St. have dominated every team they have played so far which is why they are the favorites to be in the National Championship Game together. They both are undefeated and are dominant all around teams. The only debate with these two is who would be number one. The question was answered when LSU was given the one seed. In my opinion this is the correct decision as Joe Burrow and the LSU offense have dismantled both Georgia and Alabama. Clemson has struggled at times this year and critics will say they play mediocre competition in the ACC, but the reality is the Tigers are peaking at the right time and could pose a threat to Ohio St. Trevor Lawerence and the offense are always dangerous with the ball and Clemson’s defense is very stingy. All in all the Ohio St. Clemson game should be one for the ages. Oklahoma is the fourth seed, but do they belong. The answer is yes, but they needed some help. After losing to Kansas State late in the year Oklahoma seemed like their hopes of returning to the college football playoff for the third straight year were done for. However after Alabama, Oregon, and Utah killed their chances of making the playoffs all Oklahoma had to do was beat Baylor, and the Sooners took care of business. That means Jalen Hurts and the Sooners will try to play David as they take on the Goliath of LSU. 

Predictions: 

Peach Bowl: LSU- 42 Oklahoma- 28 

The Sooners have a tremendous offense, but their defense won’t be nearly enough to slow down Joe Burrow and the Tigers. The Tiger defense has shown critics that they can slow opponents down after pitching a shutout against Texas A&M and only giving up 3 in the SEC championship against Georgia. The Tigers are just too much for Lincoln Riley and the Sooners to overcome. 

Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State- 28 Clemson- 21

This game features traffic quarterbacks in Justin Fields of Ohio State and Trevor Lawerence for Clemson. Both defenses have been elite all year but neither have seen QBs like the ones they are seeing this week. Ohio St. struggled defending the pass in their last two games but I think the defense holds up enough for Ohio State to sneak out a win in a close one. 

 

National Championship: LSU- 38 Ohio State- 35

In a thrilling national Championship between the two best teams consistently all year I see LSU pulling it out in a tough battle. The reason: Joe Burrow. Justin Fields, Chase Young, and J.K. Dobbins are all great players, but they aren’t Joe Burrow. Right now it’s Joe Burrow’s season, everyone else is just playing in it.