Written by Chip Bouchard
1. Alabama – The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off another dominant performance by defeating the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game 42-13. Led by Heisman trophy candidate wide receiver Amari Cooper (pictured above), and senior quarterback Blake Sims, coach Nick Saban has the Tide peaking at the right point. Sims finished the regular season with 32 total touchdowns, connecting with Cooper on 14 of them. The Tide will face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl on January 1.
2. Oregon – At no. 2 come in the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks avenged their loss to the Arizona Wildcats back on October 2 by defeating the Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship game 52-14. Coach of the year candidate Mark Helfrich has his team playing arguably better than anyone in the nation at this point. Quarterback and team leader Marcus Mariotta (pictured above) seemingly has the Heisman Trophy wrapped up with his astronomical season of 52 total touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Ducks will take on the nation’s reigning national champion, and lone undefeated Florida State Seminoles on January 1 in the Rose Bowl.
3. Florida State – Coming off a hard fought ACC Championship game, the Florida State Seminoles still find themselves undefeated. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (pictured above) may have hit his stride as he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win over Georgia Tech, his first game without an interception since week six. The battle tested Seminoles have also found a resurgence in their ground game behind true freshman tail back Dalvin Cook. Cook has ran for a combined 321 yards in his last two games, including his 177 yard performance in the ACC Championship game. The Seminoles will take on the high powered Oregon offense in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl.
4. Ohio State – The Ohio State University snuck into the college football playoff, but not without making some noise. The Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game 59-0. Third string quarterback Cardale Jones stepped in for the injured JT Barrett and played outstanding. Buckeye fans could exhale as they watched Jones throw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, all to wide receiver Devin Smith (pictured above). The Buckeyes will take on the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Lousiana.