by Eric Fulton
With the College Football Playoffs Final Four officially being unveiled later today, I thought it would be nice to take a crack at who deserves to make the big show. There are a lot of teams with good cases, but these are the four I think the committee will go with …
4. Michigan State
The Spartans are a team that seems not to get respect in most of the country, but they just keep winning. They defeated an Iowa team in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday night that entered undefeated but untested throughout much of the season. Meanwhile, Michigan State has huge wins over rivals Michigan and Ohio State on the road. They are battle tested and they have proven that they can play and beat the best teams in the country.
After their shocking defeat at the hands of a bad University of Texas team in the Red River Rivalry Game, Bob Stoops’ Sooners have been unstoppable. They have not lost a game since the failure in Dallas and winning against three really good opponents has really boosted their chance to make the final four. The Big XII got shut out of last year’s final four. But with the Sooners handily winning on the field this year, it looks like there will be a representative in this year’s playoff.
Most of us thought after last year when the Crimson Tide lost to Ole Miss, the dynasty was over. Same thing this year. Well, most of us have been proven wrong again. Alabama is still Alabama. Seems like they are even better after a loss. Derrick Henry has been playing huge since the LSU game on November 7th and has become the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and should be a major force in these playoffs.
The Tigers are having the greatest season in their history. They seem to have a big chip on their shoulder. After being ranked first, being undefeated and winning their conference tournament on Saturday night against North Carolina they are the undisputed team in the playoff. Deshawn Watson has played great all year long. Plus big wins over Florida State and Notre Dame are a major boost to why they deserve to be number one in the nation.
There are two teams who can possibly steal the show if the committee chooses to throw some controversy into the mix: Ohio State and Stanford.