The moment when you think you have a handle on the College Football scene, it all changes. At the beginning, it was sure to be a National Championship rematch between Alabama and Clemson but Clemson took a spill early and fell down the rankings. Alabama has continued to churn out wins but others have emerged to take Clemson’s spot in the big game.
First, it was Florid State but they couldn’t contain their momentum and have basically fallen out of contention. Next, you had Louisville who looked poised to make that playoff jump but they fell last week. Now, we have two left. Two teams that could alter what many fans would like to see, that rematch of least season’s great game.
The Michigan Wolverines may be the quietest contenders in the Nation as all the focus has been headed in the direction of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and others. But the Wolverines are not to be left out as they currently sit 4th in the AP Poll. The Wolverines face one more ranked opponent and that’s Ohio State in the last game of the season. As for the Buckeyes they have three more ranked opponents as they currently sit 2nd in the Nation.
There are still contenders lurking around like the Washington Huskies, currently 5th and Houston, ranked 6th, but for those two to make it they will need a major slippage from the teams above and that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year.
Which leave us to… The Rematch
Here is where the playoff system actually works in the Tigers and Tide favor. By the end of the year, I expect it to be Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington. Clemson and Alabama will get opposites draws, which will give them a chance to meet again in the big game. There is not another team in the country that could stop either team, just as it was last year. There may be a little stumble here or there but nothing too serious to get them off their path.