What a joke SB Nation Michigan in final 4......... lmao
College Football PlayoffNational ChampionshipLSUClemsonJan. 9TampaFiesta winner vs. Peach winnerFiestaClemsonMichiganDec. 31Glendale, Ariz.Playoff rankings top 4PeachLSUTCUDec. 31AtlantaPlayoff rankings top 4
LSU returns a whole t o n, could play 12 bowl teams in 13 games, upgraded at defensive coordinator, and gets Bama and Ole Miss at home. But the quarterback, they shout. Brandon Harris was middlin' in the SEC as a true sophomore, has a horde of weapons, and doesn't exactly need to throw for 5,000 yards here. To bet on a Zombie Les Miles team is to cannonball into a volcano, so I am wearing moisture-wicking garments.
Clemson's my No. 2. Deshaun Watson's offense is going to eat souls, and the defense can't falltoo far.
Michigan might be the safest Playoff pick in the country; I don't think the Wolverines are the best team, but look at that schedule. 7-0 heading into East Lansing should be expected. 8-4 would be a disaster. The Wolverines should have a monstrous defense, and the only real Q is at quarterback, where there are decent options on paper.
[To clarify, I don't mean UM is some sort of Playoff lock. I mean if you had to pick just one team to make the Playoff, Michigan might be the best choice. Or Alabama. Live dangerously.]
Lastly, I think the Pac-12 will devour itself, Notre Dame's schedule has a bump too many, and it'll be a long time before a conference gets two teams in. So hey there, Big 12. The Frogs return a load, once you account for injuries, and the home schedule includes conference favorite Oklahoma and potential OOC prize Arkansas.
New Year's Six bowlsCottonTennesseeHoustonJan. 1Arlington, TexasAt-largeRoseOhio StateWashingtonJan. 1Pasadena, Calif.Big Ten 1 vs. Pac-12 1SugarOklahomaAlabamaJan. 1New OrleansBig 12 1 vs. SEC 1OrangeFlorida StateNotre DameDec. 30MiamiACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND
In this year's rotation, the whole NY6 slate is basically set by the Playoff rankings within each conference. There's only one at-large game, and that one has to include the Group of 5 auto bid.
So, yeah. This part's pretty easy for now.
I spent a lot of time debating Houston vs. Boise State or Western Michigan and Washington vs. its entire division.
Bowl (* = filling another conference's bid)Conference selection order, not based on standingsFoster FarmsWisconsinStanfordTBASanta Clara, Calif.Big Ten 5-7 vs. Pac-12 4OutbackNebraskaFloridaJan. 2TampaBig Ten 2-4 vs. SEC 3-8CitrusPenn StateOle MissDec. 31OrlandoBig Ten 2-4/ACC vs. SEC 2TaxSlayerMiamiGeorgiaDec. 31Jacksonville, Fla.ACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8Music CityIowaSouth CarolinaDec. 30NashvilleACC 3-6/Big Ten 5-7 vs. SEC 3-8LibertyTexas TechMissouriDec. 30MemphisBig 12 5 vs. SEC 3-8SunNorth CarolinaOregonDec. 30El PasoACC 3-6 vs. Pac-12 5ArizonaAir ForceGeorgia StateDec. 30TucsonMWC vs. Sun BeltAlamoTexasUSCDec. 29San AntonioBig 12 2 vs. Pac-12 2BelkVirginia TechAuburnDec. 29CharlotteACC 3-6 vs. SEC 3-8BirminghamCincinnatiTexas A&MDec. 29Birmingham, Ala.American vs. SEC 9PinstripePittMinnesotaDec. 28New York CityACC 3-6 vs. Big Ten 5-7Russell AthleticLouisvilleWest VirginiaDec. 28OrlandoACC 2 vs. Big 12 3TexasOklahoma StateArkansasDec. 28HoustonBig 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8CactusBaylorArizonaDec. 27Tempe, Ariz.Big 12 6 vs. Pac-12 7Heart of DallasMarylandWKUDec. 27DallasBig Ten vs. C-USAHolidayMichigan StateUCLADec. 27San DiegoBig Ten 2-4 vs. Pac-12 3MilitaryNC StateTempleDec. 27Annapolis, Md.ACC vs. AmericanIndependenceNorthwestern*Mississippi StateDec. 26Shreveport, La.ACC vs. SECSt. PetersburgGeorgia TechUSFDec. 26St. Petersburg, Fla.ACC vs. AmericanQuick LaneSyracuseIndianaDec. 26DetroitACC vs. Big TenHawaiiFIUUtah StateDec. 24HonoluluC-USA vs. MWCGoDaddyWMUAppalachian StateDec. 23Mobile, Ala.MAC 1 vs. Sun Belt 2Armed ForcesWashington State*NavyDec. 23Fort Worth, TexasBig 12 vs. NavyBahamasTulsaOhioDec. 23Nassau, BSAmerican vs. MACPotatoToledoColorado StateDec. 22Boise, IdahoMAC 2 vs. MWCPoinsettiaBYUSan Diego StateDec. 21San DiegoBYU vs. MWCBoca RatonMemphisSouthern MissDec. 20Boca Raton, Fla.American vs. C-USAMiami BeachUConnCMUDec. 19MiamiAmerican vs. MACLas VegasBoise StateUtahDec. 17Las VegasMWC 1 vs. Pac-12 6CameliaNIUGeorgia SouthernDec. 17Montgomery, Ala.MAC 3 vs. Sun Belt 3CelebrationN.C. CentralGrambling StateDec. 17AtlantaMEAC vs. SWACCureCal*TroyDec. 17OrlandoAmerican vs. Sun BeltNew MexicoMarshallNew MexicoDec. 17AlbuquerqueC-USA vs. MWCNew OrleansArkansas StateLA TechDec. 17New OrleansSun