It has been a little more than three weeks since the final college football rankings were released, and to no surprise, there was debate as to who deserved to be in them. The only way to summarize these final rankings is that conference championships have now become a contributing factor to the playoff system and are likely no longer the determining factor as to who’s in and who’s out.
Regardless of the outcome, this New Year’s Eve will bring forth two exciting semifinal games to wrap up the year.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 4 Washington Huskies (12-1, 8-1) vs. No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 9-0)
Alabama comes into this game as the most qualified team to have earned a spot in this year’s playoffs without question. The reason as to why the team was so dominant all season is its outstanding defense. Bama’s defensive stances proved to devastate opposing teams as they were held on average to 11.8 points per game. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Alabama defense was responsible for scoring nine touchdowns and sacking quarterbacks 45 times.
Having a defense of that caliber would at times overshadow how good of an offense the Crimson Tide had. The offense was led by Jalen Hurts, who went on to throw 2,592 yards and 22 touchdowns. If he wasn’t finding success in the passing game, Hurts used his read option ability to rush for more than 800 yards and make 12 touchdowns.
During one of the rare occasions when the defense slacked, the Alabama offense demonstrated the capability to win a shootout in a 48-43 road win against…
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