One week out from the football committee in choosing the four teams to participate in the college football playoff, the schools in consideration have gone to a select few. The elimination of LSU, Washington State, and Michigan give us the following teams that are still in the hunt.
Alabama (SEC)-considered the best team in the country, the Crimson Tide have a meeting with Georgia in the conference title game. A strong team on both sides of the ball, they should (and will) be one of the Final Four teams, win or lose to Georgia. They have the future Heisman winner at quarterback and with powerful performances in the games that mattered with regard to competition, Alabama is looked on as the measuring stick team in 2018.
Georgia (SEC)-a one loss team would be a solid team for the committee to select if they beat Alabama. Expect them to give Alabama a fight in the SEC title game.
Notre Dame (Independent)-with their undefeated regular season and a win over Michigan, The Irish are unofficially in the Final Four. Are they one of the four best teams (by opinion and eye-test) in the nation? Well, why not. They have not tasted defeat and that you cannot argue with.
Clemson (ACC)-also undefeated, the Tigers have a ACC title game to win and they are one of the four teams. Look for them to win that game with Pittsburgh. The men from South Carolina will be a heavy favorite.
Ohio State (B10)-With their blowout home field win over Michigan, they gave the committee enough to forget their loss (also a blowout) at Purdue. They are peaking at the right time and with solid quarterback play the Buckeyes should destroy their Big Ten title game opponent Northwestern. If it is close with the Wildcats, that would give the committee to look south at Oklahoma.
Oklahoma (B12)-The Sooners boast the best offensive and need a convincing win in the Big 12 title game over Texas. The awful defense need to shine against UT and hope that Ohio State falters with Northwestern.
University of Central Florida (AAC) The chances of making the group of four is not good for the Knights and another National Championship outside the Final Four is a strong possibility with a win in one of the big time bowl games (if they beat Memphis this weekend). Memphis will give them all they want.
As of my opinion, the best college teams are as following:
Univ. of Central Florida
How the committee will vote on the Final ballot after next weeks games
Conference Championship Game Predictions
SEC: Alabama 31 and Georgia 20
ACC: Clemson 37 and Pittsburgh 17
B10: Ohio State 26 and Northwestern 20
B12: Oklahoma 51 and Texas 48
AAC: Univ. of Central Florida 42 and Memphis 41
Bowl Predictions: Final Four and Big Six
Alabama vs Ohio State (Cotton)
Clemson vs Notre Dame (Orange)
Rose Bowl: Washington vs Michigan
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs Georgia
Peach Bowl: LSU vs Penn State
Fiesta Bowl: Washington State vs Univ. of Central Florida
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