Saturday, November 26th, marked the end of the college football regular season, and it was an action-packed week of games. This past college football season was surprising due to the many playoff-worthy teams. Every year, four teams are chosen to enter the college football playoff, leaving many talented teams out of contention for the national championship. Entering the last week of college football, the top four teams were as follows: Georgia, Michigan, Texas Christian, and the University of Southern California.
Previously, Michigan faced off against Ohio State in Columbus for their rivalry game. For the second straight year, the University of Michigan dominated Ohio State winning by more than twenty points. Michigan QB JJ McCarthy led the Wolverines to victory. This game had significant implications for the playoffs, as it appeared to have knocked Ohio State out of the tournament. Georgia and TCU each won, extending their undefeated streaks.
However, during championship weekend, both TCU and USC lost in their respective championship games. These losses opened the door again for Ohio State, who will likely be given the third seed. This leaves Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio State in the playoff, with the fourth seed still in question. The playoff selection committee will have to choose between a one-loss TCU and a two-loss Alabama, who has surged after close losses to Tennessee and LSU. Georgia, led by a dominant defense and senior quarterback Stetson Bennett, is the favorite to become back-to-back college football national champions. However, there have only been two back-to-back national championship wins in college football playoff history. Whoever the fourth seed becomes, Georgia would be the favorite to move on to the final. Two-seed Michigan is coming off a huge win in Ohio and a Big Ten championship against Purdue. For most of the season, Michigan has been led by a complex rushing attack and Heisman candidate Blake Corum. With Corum’s recent injury, Donovan Edwards has stepped up, and Michigan’s attack still looks dangerous. They will likely face Ohio State again in the playoffs.
We predict Georgia’s dominant defense will shut down whoever they face in the playoffs. In addition, Michigan’s offense will overwhelm Ohio State as it did in week 12. In the national championship game, we believe that in a long and grueling battle between two elite teams, Michigan will upset the defending champion Georgia Bulldogs to win their first national championship since 1997.