The College Football Playoff Committee went to work over the weekend and shared with us the final four. We all knew who the four teams were going to be after Saturday night, but it was a question of who would fall where. I think the committee did a fine job with their placements and the tough one was going to be whether or not Michigan State would be able to jump Oklahoma. Arkansas AD, and selection committee chair Jeff Long gave his explanation on the jump for Sparty,
“That’s probably where we spent the most of the time (discussing), as you would expect,” Long said. “Great discussion, great debate. Both conference champions, both four wins over top 25 teams. But what it came down is really Michigan State with two top 10 wins and then (beating) last week’s No. 4 ranked.
“I think when you looked at the body of work and complete resume, that’s what pushed Michigan state just slightly ahead of Oklahoma. Oklahoma, Big 12 conference champ, had a great season, great body of work, but just that little bit of difference pushed Michigan State ahead.”
Number one ranked Clemson will take on number four Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl on New Years Eve. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. In this matchup we will be entertained by two Heisman candidates and the eventual winner of the event. The Tigers went undefeated after narrowly escaping North Carolina in the ACC Championship, while the Sooners did what they needed to do in the Big 12 in order to get in. These two teams met last year in the Russell Athletic Bowl and Clemson blew out Bob Stoops and his squad 40-6. Both Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield did not play in that game.
In the Goodyear Sugar Bowl, number two Alabama and number three Michigan State. Both teams won their conference championships with Alabama making easy work of Florida and the Spartans finally defeating Iowa, followed by a inconsiderate move by Connor Cook. Here are two teams who like to run the ball, and play excellent defense. This game may come down to what quarterback can make more plays. Alabama has struggled against mobile quarterbacks, and Connor Cook is far from that.
The committee did an excellent job with the placement of these two teams. We may have an offensive shootout between Clemson and Oklahoma and then a pound and ground match up between Alabama and Michigan State. It just sucks that we need to wait three more weeks for this. Hopefully we will not be let down.