Hey everyone this is Sam. Let’s talk about the college football bowl season. The college football regular season is officially complete. Of the 674 scheduled games, 541 were played (80.3%). Will Covid-19 strike college football bowl season? It already has. Many college football teams have already starting pulling out on Monday. Here’s Sports Obsessive‘s breakdown of the bowl season.
2020 Was The Most Unpredictable Season Ever
No one can argue that this hasn’t been the most unpredictable season in college football history. However yet, it will also be the most predictable champion also. One of the season’s most defining storylines was the divide that exists between the Power 5 and the Group of 5. The imbalance within the Power 5 itself is equally jarring. You can’t help but see the differences in Pac-12/Big 12 and the SEC/Big Ten. Let’s look at the end of college football bowl season…the playoffs.
#1 Alabama vs. #4 Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas
# 2 Clemson vs. # 3 Ohio State in New Orleans, Louisiana
All four teams will compete in the semi-finals for a chance to advance to the National Championship game on January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Playoff Berths And The National Championship
Think about all the playoff Berths that have happened so far. There have been 28 playoff spots. Well, 22 of them have come from just five programs. Alabama received 6 spots, Clemson received 6 spots, Ohio State received 4 spots, Oklahoma received 4 spots and Notre Dame received 2 spots.
Of course, it is set up for Alabama to meet Clemson AGAIN. If both make it to the national championship, it will be the FIFTH playoff meeting in six years.
Will Bowl Season Change?
Actually this probably won’t change anytime soon unless some big-time coaches would change jobs or retire. How do I know that? Well, I don’t, but it is a prediction based on where the top 100 players in 2021 class are going. 48 of them so far are going to FIVE schools: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU.
The selection committee even knows this. They told every Group of 5 school that you do not have a chance at the playoffs. How did they do that? By choosing to place two-loss Oklahoma at #6 and putting undefeated Cincinnati at #8. You don’t have to be a genius to figure it out. The issue is the playoff system was sold to athletic directors, coaches and fans as a way to give every school a shot. Well, it sure hasn’t happened. Probably over half of the 130 teams aren’t even in the running before the season even begins.
These could always change due to Covid-19
Orange Bowl: #5 Texas A&M (-7) vs. #13 UNC
Peach Bowl: #8 Cincinnati vs. #9 Georgia (-7)
Cotton Bowl: #6 Oklahoma vs. #7 Florida (-3)
Fiesta Bowl: #25 Oregon vs. #10 Iowa State (-4.5)
Outback Bowl: #11 Indiana (-6.5) vs. Ole Miss
Citrus Bowl: #14 North-western (-3.5) vs. Auburn
Cure Bowl: #12 Coastal Carolina (-6.5) vs. Liberty
Boca Raton Bowl: UCF vs. #16 BYU (-6.5)
Alamo Bowl: #25 Texas (-11.5) vs. Colorado
Cheez-It Bowl: #18 Miami vs. #21 Oklahoma State (-2)
Gator Bowl: #23 NC State vs. Kentucky (-2.5)
Texas Bowl: TCU (-5.5) vs. Arkansas
Liberty Bowl: West Virginia vs. Army
Armed Forces Bowl: Mississippi State vs. #24 Tulsa (-2.5)
Music City Bowl: UNKNOWN vs. Missouri
Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin (-6.5)
Arizona Bowl: #22 San Jose State (-7.5) vs. Ball State
First Responder Bowl: #19 Louisiana (-13) vs. Texas-San Antonio
Lending Tree Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State (-4)
Gasparilla Bowl: South Carolina vs. UAB (-6.5) UPDATED: Gasparilla Bowl is canceled leaving C-USA champion UAB with out a bowl to play in, sources told Stadium.
Camellia Bowl: Buffalo (-3.5) vs. Marshall
New Mexico Bowl: Hawaii vs. Houston (-13)
Montgomery Bowl: FAU vs. Memphis (-8)
Idaho Potato Bowl: Tulane (-2.5) vs. Nevada
New Orleans Bowl: Georgia Southern (-5.5) vs. Louisiana Tech
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