College football is back and the defending national champions Alabama look to build upon their dynasty with another stellar recruiting class and a beefed up schedule! However, three other teams look to claim the crown themselves in the playoffs as Clemson, Oklahoma and Florida State all fight to be included in the national championship game in Tampa, Florida.
Here Is Who You Can Expect In College Football’s Playoffs!
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide look to be the favorites again this year, even though they lost 13 starters to the NFL draft and graduation. Starting out at the pre-season #1 slot, Alabama will have everyone’s attention out of the gate, probably culminating in a regular season ending appearance in the SEC title game. Alabama is strong in every aspect of the game, but especially on defense, where they can be expected to stifle some of the best teams in the country season-long.
2016 runner-ups Clemson Tigers figure to be in the thick of the national championship fight again this year, bringing back almost all of last year’s amazing offense, but losing 8 players on defense to the NFL draft. QB Deshaun Watson leads Clemson’s offense against an ACC North schedule that shouldn’t feature too much trouble for the Tigers outside of Florida State. The real ACC championship might take place on October 29th when the Tigers face the Seminoles for what will probably be a certain spot in the ACC championship game and one win away from the playoffs.
The Sooners face perhaps the toughest early-season schedule among most contenders, having to play Houston and Ohio State before starting Big 12 play. Baker Mayfield is a play-maker from the QB position and can give defenses fits with his legs as much as his arm. While Oklahoma’s defense is going to be tested early, it should be their offense that ends up shining after running up big numbers last year. The one thing that may be holding a one-loss Oklahoma team back from the playoffs is the fact that the Big 12 does not have a championship game, though they will be adding one for the 2017 season.
Florida State Seminoles
Few people expected Florida State to remain as dominate as they have been since the end of the 2014 season. Dalvin Cook and Deondre Francois have stepped up big time to become quality playmakers who have proven they have a shot at the playoffs. The Seminoles are loaded on offense but even their defense is among the top three in the ACC. FSU’s biggest weakness may end up being the fact that they are in the Coastal Division with Clemson, putting one of these two great teams out of the ACC Championship and possibly out of the playoffs completely.
Michigan State University Spartans
We are thrilled to welcome the MSU Spartans back to The Brick Yard for 2016! Come with your GREEN and WHITE all season long! Bay Area Spartans! I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be back at The Brick Yard for the upcoming Football and Basketball seasons! Brick Yard their continued sponsorship of and partnership with the Spartan alumni club! The Brick Yard has donated more than $3,500 already to our Scholarship Fund and have been a fantastic host and partner! To keep the football season kicked rolling, join us every for Spartan game at The Brick Yard! Our events are awesome because of our great volunteer team and fantastic partners! Go Green!
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