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    The coming weeks will be bittersweet for college football fans all across the country. Teams will fall in and out of contention, a champion will be crowned, and then we will have to wait until September to enjoy another season of college football. As rivalry week ends and we enter conference championship week, and the College Football Playoff selection committee has kept everyone on the edge of their seats with their weekly rankings and commentary. With all this going on, it is easy to overlook the fact that the Heisman race is coming to an end as well. Here are my College Football Playoff predictions, Heisman Predictions, and games to watch this weekend.

   

   Playoff Predictions:

  1. Clemson – Dabo’s dynasty will continue when Clemson beats Miami to claim the ACC championship in a game that will be decided by less than 10 points. Freshman quarterback Kelly Bryant will lead the Tigers to their third straight CFP appearance and an opportunity to defend their title, and will be the top seeded team for the second time since the playoff’s conception.
  2. Oklahoma – Sorry TCU, but Baker Mayfield and the nation’s best offense will be too much to handle, and they will walk away with the Big 12 championship. The committee will reward the Sooners’ consistency and dynamic offense with the number two spot in the playoff.
  3. Auburn – No team is hotter right now than Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers. They will get their third win against a top ten team in the last four weeks against Georgia this Saturday, in a very close SEC championship game. If it weren’t for the loss to LSU, Auburn would be the number one team, but with two losses they will claim the third spot.
  4. Wisconsin – I hate to say it, but the badgers are legit. They are going to continue their undefeated season, and beat Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. An undefeated Wisconsin team will still take the last spot though, because of a weaker schedule. It is just hard to turn down an undefeated team from a power five conference.

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  1. Alabama – The Tide will be the first team out, and will fail to make the playoffs for the first time in the event’s short history. Missing the conference championship will prove to be fatal for the esteemed program. However, don’t be too surprised if Ohio State beats Wisconsin this weekend, and Alabama slips into the fourth spot. The committee will favor an Alabama team with its only loss to Auburn, over a one loss Wisconsin team or a two loss Ohio State team, even if they are Big Ten champions.

 

**The winner of the ACC and SEC championships are locks for the playoffs, so Miami and Georgia are both still very alive in the race for a top four spot. It is very unlikely though, that the losers of these games make the cut.

 

Playoff Bracket:

Semifinals –

#1 Clemson vs #4 Wisconsin – Clemson will be dominant, Wisconsin fans will finally shut up about being underrated.

#2 Oklahoma vs #3 Auburn – Baker Mayfield is the best quarterback in the country, and Auburn won’t be able to outscore the Sooners’ offense.

Championship Game –

#1 Clemson vs #2 Oklahoma – It’ll be all about the Dabo Dynasty in Atlanta on January 8, as the Tigers will thwart Oklahoma’s offense and repeat as national champions.

 

Games to Watch this Saturday:

  • ACC Championship – #1 Clemson vs #7 Miami (College Gameday) – 8:00 PM on ABC
  • SEC Championship – #4 Auburn vs #6 Georgia – 4:00 PM on CBS
  • Big Ten Championship – #3 Wisconsin vs #8 Ohio State – 8:00 PM on FOX
  • Big 12 Championship – #2 Oklahoma vs #10 TCU – 12:30PM on FOX
  • AAC Championship – #12 UCF (undefeated) vs #16 Memphis – 12:00 PM on ABC

 

Heisman Watch:

  1. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma – The man has been unstoppable. He will lead Oklahoma, the best offense in the country, to a Big 12 title and a two seed in the CFP. He leads the country in completion percentage (71.4%), yards per attempt (11.8), and overall rating (203.3). He is second in the country in total yards (4097) and touchdowns (37). Lastly, his QB rating (92.5) this season is the 4th since they started recording the statistic in 2004. Baker Mayfield is the best quarterback in the country, on one of the nation’s top teams, and he is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Award.
  2. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
  3. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
  4. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
  5. John Wolford – Wake Forest – Why Not John?
  1.  Lamar Jackson – Louisville went 4-4 in the ACC, never beat a top-25 team, and drastically underperformed all season. *overrated chant ensues* Jackson will not win the Heisman again, and should consider turning pro, because Louisville sports are going down the drain in the wake of recent scandal.

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