The regular season is in the books, and a vast majority of the games got played. Well done. Now of course comes the playoff controversy. Ohio State is 6-0 and in. There is a lot of displeasure on that front, especially in College Station. The Buckeyes have a great team, but just six games played, well, that just doesn’t sit well. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Clemson are dynasties in their leagues.
1. Alabama – It was a shootout in Atlanta, as Alabama held off Florida 52-46 to win the Southeastern Conference championship. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide is hands down the best team in the country right now. Player retention was the separating factor this year.
2. Clemson – It was an impressive vengeance victory for the Tigers over the Fighting Irish in the ACC Championship Game. Trevor Lawrence’s draft stock, already amongst the highest ever, is even higher.
3. Texas A&M – It was a tremendous season for the Aggies, one of their two best since joining the Southeastern Conference back in 2012. Kellen Mond has had a tremendous campaign at quarterback.
4. Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish had the perfect regular season, but were pummeled by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. A similar fate likely awaits against Alabama in the semifinals.
5. Cincinnati – The Bearcats secured one of their biggest wins in school history, knocking through a last second field goal to win the American Conference in a thriller of Tulsa. Now comes a chance at what would be the biggest win ever against Georgia.
6. Coastal Carolina – It was an incredible season for the Chanticleers, who are perfect. Unfortunately, due to you know what, we were robbed of a Sun Belt Championship rematch with the once-beaten Ragin’ Cajuns.
7. Ohio State – The eyeball test meant everything for the kings of the Big Ten. A 6-0 record was good enough for a semifinal berth. It was hairy in the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern, but the Buckeyes pulled away in the fourth.
8. Georgia – The Bulldogs 7-2 and headed for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl to face Cincinnati. The losses came to Alabama and Florida. Georgia is riding a three-game winning streak, sparked by quarterback JT Daniels.
9. Indiana – What a season it was for the Hoosiers, who took down Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State. The only loss was by a touchdown to the Buckeyes. A trip to the Outback Bowl to face Ole Miss awaits.
10. Oklahoma – Sheer dominance of the Big XII. That’s Oklahoma. The Sooners are 11-1 all time in Big XII Championship Games. Now it’s a big time showdown with Florida in the Cotton Bowl in what should be a high scoring affair.
11. Brigham Young – The Cougars have had a tremendous season, losing only a thriller to Coastal Carolina. BYU tangles with Central Florida in the Boca Raton Bowl. That could be a shootout. The Cougars are a complete team.
12. Florida – The Gators lost a pair of games on last second field goals and then hung in there with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts have both had tremendous seasons for Florida.
13. Louisiana – Lafayette – Going back to the season – opening victory at Iowa State, it has been a spectacular season for the Ragin’ Cajunes. Their only loss was a thriller to Coastal Carolina. Unfortunately, there was no rematch.
14. Iowa State – For the Cyclones, beating Oklahoma and Texas in the same season is an accomplishment for the ages. They had a valiant comeback, but came up short in the rematch against the Sooners for the Big XII Championship.
15. San Jose State – Champions of the Mountain West conference, the Spartans of San Jose State have put together a first rate undefeated season. Now they try and put the finishing touches on the campaign against Ball State in the Arizona Bowl.