Jerry Palm of Sportsline.com released his updated college football playoff projections on Sunday. The four teams have stayed the same throughout the first month of the season, but now that conference play is heating up, there are likely to be some changes within the next couple weeks.
In fact, all four of the college football playoff projected teams were in highly contested battles on Saturday. Currently, Alabama is projected as the number one team if the playoffs started today.
No.1 Alabama: The Crimson Tide had a 21-14 lead against Florida at halftime. Their offense was highlighted by big plays and fumbles. To put it bluntly, Alabama was spectacularly inconsistent. They commenced the second half with a turnover, but once the score was tied at 21, Alabama took over. The Crimson Tide scored 21 straight points behind Blake Sims 445 yards passing and four touchdowns.
No.2 Florida State: It would easy to say, no Jameis Winston, no problem for the Seminoles, but they were in serious danger of losing this game. The offense hasn’t looked great all season, and they should have lost this game. However, champions find a way to win, and the Seminoles capitalized off of Clemson’s miscues.
No.3 Oklahoma: With the score tied at 24 entering the 3rd quarter, the Sooners were ripe for an upset. However, this Oklahoma team is showing a certain championship toughness. They outscored West Virginia 21-9 in the second half for a 45-33 victory. Without Keith Ford in the lineup, Samaje Perine carried the ball 34 times for 242 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, they intercepted Clint Trickett twice.
No.4 Oregon: Marcus Mariota threw five touchdown passes, but he was battered by the Washington State defense all night. Oregon didn’t have any rushing touchdowns and Royce Freeman led the team with 75 yards. Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe had two touchdown receptions apiece. The Ducks also gave up 436 yards passing and four touchdowns to Connor Halliday.
No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No.4 Oregon Ducks
Alabama doesn’t have a great pass rush, but Oregon hasn’t been great in protecting Mariota. If this game ever plays out, expect a shootout with Blake Sims and Marcus Mariota going blow for blow. Would Oregon be able to slow down the Alabama running game?
No.2 Florida State Seminoles vs. No.3 Oklahoma Sooners
Right now, Oklahoma looks better than the Seminoles. They have a monster running game, and they slowed down a great offense in the second half of the win over West Virginia. Florida State is unable to get their ground game going. Maybe they found something with Karlos Williams in overtime, but we’ll have to wait and see.
College Playoff Watch List:
Mississippi State Bulldogs: More cowbell please. These Bulldogs went into the Bayou Jungle and stomped on the LSU Tigers for 3 quarters. Mississippi State had a let down at the end of the game and they almost paid for it with a last second loss. However, this might be the best team in the SEC when it’s all said and done.
Baylor Bears: The Baylor offense has been stellar in most instances this season. It hasn’t mattered who was under center. Now Bryce Petty seems to be healthy and ready to go. Look for the defense to continue its dominance as they enter conference play.