We are just a day removed from the conclusion of opening weekend of the 2016 college football season, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to make predictions for the postseason. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy did exactly that on Tuesday and they made some surprising moves for the College Football Playoff.
Both of them had the exact same match-ups for the semifinals and title game with Alabama and Houston meeting up in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State and Florida State meeting up in the Fiesta Bowl. The Crimson Tide and Buckeyes were both projected to play for the national championship in a meeting of the last two national champions.
Some other interesting match-ups were McMurphy’s pick of Central Florida, who went 0-12 in 2015, making the Cure Bowl against Georgia Southern and Schlabach’s pick of Syracuse in the St. Petersburg Bowl against Indiana. Both analysts picked South Carolina, who went 3-9 last year, to make the Liberty Bowl against Baylor.
The other four New Year’s Six bowl games were as follows:
Capital One Orange Bowl
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Notre Dame
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Texas A&M
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Schlabach: Washington vs. Texas A&M
McMurphy: Washington vs. Notre Dame
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Schlabach: Michigan vs. Stanford
McMurphy: Michigan vs. Stanford
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Schlabach: Georgia vs. Oklahoma
McMurphy: Georgia vs. Texas
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the 2016 college football season pans out.