2014 College Football Playoff Preview

Andy Livingston

It’s that time of year where unpaid labor gets to compete for the pinnacle of amateur status while universities rake in loads of cash! That’s right it’s College Bowl season. Except this year we are actually treated to a playoff system between the top four teams. And though there will still be arguments about which teams should make it, after all these years of nonsense, at least we get something. So let’s break down that something.

No 2. Oregon Ducks vs No. 3 Florida State Seminoles

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This matchup will pit the past two Heisman Trophy winners against each other. Marcus Mariota had 38 touchdowns and only two interceptions to lead the Ducks’ high-scorching offense on his way to the title of college’s best player in 2014. FSU’s Jameis Winston, who took home the trophy last year, had 24 touchdowns, but an eyebrow-raising seventeen interceptions, while leading the ‘Noles to a series of seemingly endless comeback wins. Florida State’s defense has played a big part in that, holding teams when needed, but it will see it’s biggest test against an Oregon team that has beaten their last seven opponents by an average of 18 points. The likelihood of limiting a QB who has only coughed up the ball twice all season is slim. I think Oregon wins, adding yet another notch in Mariota’s Heisman year.  

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes

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Ohio State looks to keep their streak of losing to SEC teams in the final game of the season intact. The Buckeyes are starting a freshman quarterback due to injuries and while he helped put up 59 points against Wisconsin, the Badgers are not in the same defensive league as the Tide. Alabama are one of those annoying teams that you can never count out, even though it seems everyone outside of the state really, really wants to. Nick Saban will draw up some game plan that will keep them in it, regardless of how well the Buckeyes play, so expect another week of fans touting SEC dominance.

Other Bowl Games to Watch Based Entirely On Their Name

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs San Diego State

Make it a drinking game every time the announcers mess up this wordy title. Probably quit at halftime for your liver.

Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl: NC State vs UCF

Ugh…

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech

The petition to change the bowl name to Military Industrial Complex bowl begins today

Duck Commander Independence Bowl: Boston College vs Penn State

Come celebrate the independence of Duck Commander!

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs Texas

Gimme an A! Gimme a D! Gimme a V! Gimme an O!

GoDaddy Bowl: Toledo vs Akansas State

The Maxim of webhosting. Imagine all the terrible commercials that will air.

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