The college football season is at its midway point and some teams have stepped up to show they deserve a spot in the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for most, there are only four spots to be had, so some of the teams are going to be left out in the cold when the bowl season rolls around.
What teams are destined for greatness in January? Let’s find out.
The Bears have been absolutely electric this season. This team is on fire right at the peak time and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Teams ahead of them are going to start knocking each other off and as long as the Bears do what needs to be done, like taking care of Oklahoma and TCU over the next few weeks, there is no reason why the selection committee will leave the Big 12 out for the second straight year.
Many fans have looked at this LSU team and said that they only have one real piece and that’s running back Leonard Fournette. While Fournette is a key piece to the Tigers’ success this year, they proved Saturday that he isn’t the only weapon they have. Quarterback Brandon Harris got into a rhythm and seems to have found his stride at the right time, while backup running back Derrius Guice showed why he was one of the best freshman entering the 2015 season.
Looking at the Utes’ defense and the way things have gone in the PAC-12 lately, it’s going to be difficult to stop this team from winning the conference and getting into the Playoff. The team is +eight in the turnover category and Marcus Williams and Domo Hatfield are leading the team with four and three interceptions on the year. The team also has eleven sacks with Pita Taumoepenu recording five of those.
The Wolverines didn’t look like a team that could have a shot at the Playoff in the preseason. The team was coming off a 5-7 record with first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh. He has helped turn this team around as they have won five straight games, while only allowing 7.6 points per game. That average is due to the team shutting out their last three opponents, while outscoring them 97-0.
Teams on the outside looking in:
Clemson: The Tigers will unfortunately be hit with the mantra of being a dominant team in a weak conference. The ACC hasn’t looked good at all this year outside of the Tigers and Florida State and that will hurt this team in the end.
TCU: Between Baylor and the Horned Frogs, one of these two teams are going undefeated and will deserve a spot in the Playoff. After allowing 52 points to Texas Tech and 45 to Kansas State, the Horned Frogs will give up too many to Baylor at the end of the year.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been playing with fire way too much this year and their schedule is heating up. They will get burned and it may knock them out of the running for a New Year’s Six bowl appearance.
Alabama: Had the Crimson Tide not lost to Ole Miss earlier in the year, they may be in the Playoff with the LSU Tigers looking in. It will be a rare sight to see this team lose twice at home in one year, but it will likely happen in early November.
Florida: The Gators have possibly one of the easiest roads to the SEC Championship game right now. Having already beat their biggest threats in Missouri and Tennessee with Georgia losing Nick Chubb, this team should get to the Georgia Dome in December. However, the SEC West champion will be too dominant for this team to overcome.
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