Bowl games are just weeks away and the only thing left to do is get these conference champions crowned. How these games will affect the College Football Playoff is still unknown — as the playoff committee appears hell-bent on rendering these games meaningless. Regardless, it’s college football and one thing I know from years of watching pre-BCS, the BCS, and now the system we have currently is that this time of year you can expect the unexpected. Here’s to celebrating some craziness this weekend!
Western Michigan v. Ohio
Head coach P.J. Fleck has had to swap rumors of him jumping ship for a more lucrative contract at a Power 5 school for weeks now. Talks have really started swirling as jobs have actually become available over the last 7 days. But none of that will matter at Ford Field when the MAC crowns it’s champion. Western Michigan is dominant in the conference and the offense should look to light up the scoreboard on the national stage. But don’t be too dismissive of Frank Solich’s Bobcats. Ohio boasts the top defense in the MAC and we all know what they about defense. But, c’mon. This story is too good — “Row the Boat!!!”
Prediction: WMU 34 Ohio 17
Washington v. Colorado
Jake Browning is the best QB in the country not named Lamar Jackson. And he’s got the most pro potential. The Huskies will be beyond motivated after the Playoff Committee clearly hedged their bets by waxing poetic about how close Washington and Michigan are at 4 and 5, respectively. The Buffs have an excellent defense, especially their veteran secondary. But Washington has so much to play for.
Prediction: UW 31 Colorado 17
Alabama v. Florida
Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has added a dimension to Lane Kiffin’s offense that has completely put the Tide on another level. The offense is electric and the defense can win games on their own, led by defensive end Jonathan Allen. We might be cruising to another National Championship for Nick Saban — even if they somehow, someway stumble against the Gators. I wouldn’t count on Alabama overlooking Florida, though.
Prediction: Alabama 30 Florida 6
Clemson v. Virginia Tech
I’m trying to figure out ways to compare this year’s ACC title game to last year’s, where UNC gave Clemson a run for their money right up until the very end. But I can’t. Clemson is too good and VA Tech isn’t nearly good enough. Clemson can see the playoff and they have complete confidence in their ability to make some noise when they get there. As well they should.
Prediction: Clemson 38 Virginia Tech 17
Big 10 Championship
Wisconsin v. Penn St.
The winner is going to make a strong claim for one of the playoff spots. And from the sounds of it, the committee will be covering it’s ears and moving quick to drag Jim Harbaugh and U-M into the number 4 spot. But that shouldn’t impact the intensity of this game — both want to make a big statement. I expect an old school, 15-round heavyweight fight.
Prediction: Wisconsin 27 Penn St. 23