Bowl Predictions: Ohio State in College Football Playoff after USC falls as cliche as Georgia, Michigan, TCU

Bowl Predictions: Ohio State in College Football Playoff after USC falls as cliche as Georgia, Michigan, TCU

We knew there wouldn’t be much drama entering Championship Week, at least as it relates to the final four teams in the College Football Playoff. It was just a matter of which team would win the No. 4 spot, USC or Ohio State.

Well, Utah beat USC for the second time this season. 47-24 in 2022 Pac-12 Championship Game, to knock the Trojans out of playoff contention. In fact, USC will likely rank behind Utah when the final CFP rankings are released Sunday afternoon.

So Ohio State will be back College football Playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons, possibly as a No. 4 seed. This would make the Big Ten only the second conference in CFP history to have two teams join a single four-team field, the SEC.

The Buckeyes’ position only comes into question as Kansas State hands TCU its first loss of the season Big 12 Championship Game The Wildcats avenged their regular season loss to the Horned Frogs in overtime.

i believe TCU will be ahead of Ohio State In the CFP, but even if it’s not, forget any idea of ​​Alabama going up against Ohio State and replacing TCU. That would be completely absurd. If TCU’s jerseys read “Oklahoma” or Alabama’s “Ole Miss,” no one would even entertain this discussion point.

By filling out the top spots in the four-team field, Georgia locked up the first seed in the playoffs and its First SEC Championship Game win since 2017 Michigan earned the second seed by beating No. 14 LSU Second straight Big Ten Championship gameat Purdue this season.

College Football Playoff

January 9

National Championship
Inglewood, California

title game Semifinal winners

31 December

Peach bowl

semi final

(1) Georgia vs. (4) Ohio State

31 December

Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, Ariz.

semi final

(2) Michigan vs. (3) TCU

The Rose Bowl will feature Pac-12 champion Utah, which is repeating in the granddaddy of them all after winning its second straight league crown. Penn State will represent the Big Ten in place of league champion Michigan as the highest-ranked Big Ten team not playing in the CFP.

USC should be high enough in the CFP rankings to earn a spot in the Cotton Bowl. That possibility arose because the Big Ten placed a second team in the CFP. Ohio State opens the door for the Trojans to be out of the big pool for the New Year’s Six.

Like Kansas State earlier in the day, Tulane avenged a regular-season loss in the AAC Championship Game. The Green Wave throttled UCF 45-28 to clinch the league crown and advance to their First major bowl game since 1939 When undefeated Tulane faced similarly undefeated Texas A&M in the 1940 Sugar Bowl. Tulane will represent the Group of Five in this year’s Cotton Bowl against USC.

Speaking of the Wildcats, their Big 12 Championship earned them a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Kansas State will face Alabama, replacing SEC champion Georgia.

The Orange Bowl would receive ACC champion Clemson, which hosted North Carolina 39-10 in ACC Championship games. Tennessee will face Clemson as the highest-ranked team remaining from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame. A Clemson-Tennessee matchup seems perfect for one orange bowl.

New Year’s Six Bowl Game

Buffalo and New Mexico State were the last teams to be bowl eligible this week, albeit in different ways. Buffalo defeated Akron 23-22 to pick up its sixth win and clinch a bowl berth. NMSU received an exemption from the NCAA to participate as a five-win team.

New Mexico State went out and picked up a sixth win against FCS Valparaiso anyway in an added game this weekend, but it won’t count toward the six needed for the Aggies because only one FCS opponent can count and NMSU beat Lamar earlier this season. . The waiver put the Aggies in a bowl anyway.

With the rest of the field set, only Rice will participate as a 5-7 team this season. It might just as well be given to the next team in line, UNLV, which fired its coach this week and is considering declining a bowl bid if offered.

Can’t see your team? Check out Jerry Palm’s updated bowl estimate as well as CBS Sports Bowl Eligibility Tracker All 82 spots are now filled for the 2022-23 bowl games.

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