College grid playoffs a welcome sight

SPORTSBEAT
Greg Ceilley 
REVIEW SPORTS EDITOR

I’m like a child waiting for Christmas morning as I gear up for the inaugural major college football playoffs.

For many years I’ve been a strong supporter of playoffs at the Division 1 level and have stated my case in a few of my columns. The four-team playoff system incorporating major bowl games is similar to the plan I had proposed. Now NCAA, that wasn’t so hard to put the playoffs together, was it?

College bowl season is fantastic, and what better way to climax it then to have the topfour teams battle it out for the national championship. Semifinals: No. 1-seeded Alabama versus No. 4 Ohio State; and No. 2-seeded Oregon facing No. 3 Florida State – it doesn’t get any better than this if you are a college football fan.

The national semifinals – what an outstanding New Year’s Day doubleheader. Alabama, winner of three of the last five national titles, and its head coach Nick Saban facing Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer who squared off against Saban’s Crimson Tide when he was coaching the Florida Gators. Both teams are flying high coming into their game.

If the Buckeyes play like they did against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, they will give ’Bama all it can handle. Two terrific coaches in Saban and Meyer and two perennial powerhouses locking horns!

Florida State, defending national champion and led by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, sophomore quarterback, against the high-powered Oregon Ducks and junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, the newly crowned Heisman Trophy recipient.

Thank goodness the NCAA has graduated from the old days when the national champions were determined by polls. At least the BCS National Championship format, which began in the late 1990s, was a welcome step up before being replaced by the playoffs.

Even though I’ll stuff myself with college bowl games on the tube, the main course of playoff games will be worth the wait. My predictions are: Alabama 27, Ohio State 20; and Oregon 34, Florida State 27. National Championship game: Oregon 30, Alabama 24.


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