2014 College Football: Early Predictions For The Four Playoff Teams
The Four Teams That Will Make The Playoffs
2014 College Football
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The 2014 college football season is almost here and everybody and their pet dog is throwing out predictions on who is going to be a part of the sports first playoff system. There are countless teams eligible but only four spots that will be determined at the end of the season.
While we’ll have you covered with every game throughout the entire season, I decided to predict the top four teams that I think will make the playoffs this college football season.
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Florida State Seminoles – Right now, the Florida State Seminoles are -250 to reach the playoffs, which seems around right. Not only are the Seminoles the defending champs from a year ago, but they also have the games top quarterback in reigning Heisman winner in Jameis Winston. Add Winston’s elite play to a defense that’s one of the best in the country and the Seminoles are sitting pretty. Not to mention the ACC is one of the weaker power conferences in college football once again. It would be shocking if the Seminoles didn’t win the ACC and clinch a playoff spot. The team is stacked from top to bottom and doesn’t have a tough schedule.
Oregon Ducks – In an improved Pac-12, the Oregon Ducks remain the cream of the crop. As long as quarterback Marcus Mariota can remain healthy, the Ducks will remain one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country for what seems like 10 years straight. Oregon has offensive weapons from top to bottom and has a system that college defensive coordinators still can’t figure out how to stop. Oregon also continues to improve defensively each year and that should continue to be the case this season. Overall, Oregon has been as consistent as any program over the last decade and with a potential Heisman winning quarterback leading the way, you can expect the Ducks to walk away with one of the four playoff spots.
Oklahoma Sooners – Oklahoma seems to let us down every time its picked to do something special but the Sooners are just too good of a team to fall short this season. Trevor Knight showed what he could do last season in the Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, and he should only build on that performance and lead the Sooners offense to an impressive season. Defensively, the Sooners have probably the best defense in the Big 12 and can be as physical as any, which should pay off big in a conference that puts offense first. The real reason the Sooners should make the playoff is because of their schedule. Oklahoma’s toughest road game this season will be a trip to Morgantown to play West Virginia. Big whoop! The Sooners will represent the Big 12 in college football’s playoff.
Alabama Crimson Tide – Alabama has had a top defense in the country as long as I can remember, but this may be the most balanced team Nick Saban has ever had in Tuscaloosa. With T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry at running back and Amari Cooper at wide receiver, the Crimson Tide actually have an offense that can put up 35 points at the drop of a hat. Sure, the loss of the leadership in AJ McCarron may hurt, but he wasn’t a difference maker at the quarterback position to begin with. Alabama is loaded on both sides of the ball and gets Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M on its home field. This Alabama team is scary and kind of flying under the radar a bit after what happened last season. Don’t sleep.