The College Football Playoff is just a year away from taking center stage in the best sport in America, and with it, the selection committee will be the most scrutinized sect in any sport.
Related: Meet the committee members
So, it’s only fitting we send out the BCS with an epic finish. And we knew something crazy was going to happen Saturday!
But let’s specifically look at what a four-team playoff would look like this season. The best four teams in college football is tough to identify at this point, but that’s what the committee will be faced with next season. And it’s going to be quite the challenge.
Related: Current BCS Rankings
Semi-final game #1:
1. Florida State: Florida State is the best team in college football through the entire season. Let alone from finishing undefeated, FSU won their conference and thumped the best team they played in Clemson, a team that beat Georgia. The strength of schedule may not impress you, but the eye test will.
4. Alabama: What many think will be this year’s national championship game just turns into a national semifinal game between Alabama and Florida State. In addition, I think Alabama is the team that matches up the best against Florida State. The Tide have beaten two currently ranked teams and lost on a last-second kick-six to Auburn, the SEC Champions and the #2 team in college football.
Semi-final game #2:
2. Auburn: Auburn is the hottest team in college football right now, and they remind me of Texas A&M 2012, who I thought could beat anyone down the stretch of last year. Auburn has the best running game and the best running back in America, and they are SEC Champions. Auburn has the best resume in college football, having played five currently ranked teams and won four of them.
3. Michigan State: The Big Ten Champions could have the best defense in the country, and they took down Ohio State 34-24. They are the closest form of an SEC defense in Big Ten country, and they shut down the Buckeyes down the stretch. The one-loss Spartans would be a worthy opponent and would get my #3 seed, having won their division.
First team out: Baylor
Buzz: The playoff could have ties to three conference champions and one at-large selection. I’d have three conference champions in FSU, Auburn and MSU ranked all ahead of my at-large team in Alabama. Big 12 champion Baylor would be my first team out.
Which four teams would you have in the playoff, and how would they be seeded?
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