Monday, August 22, 2016

New Year's Six preseason projections based on the CSO CFP mock Top 25

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We are less than a week away from the first college football game kicking off between California and Hawaii in Sydney, Australia.

Before the start of the 2016 season occurs, he are the first CSO College Football Playoff mock committee projections, enjoy!

CFP Semifinal (Fiesta Bowl) Dec. 31:

(3) Oklahoma vs (2) Clemson

Most of the talent remains from the 2015 teams and this one could be more epic the second time around and from a historic standpoint, the first time two schools would play each other three straight seasons in bowl competition.

The quarterback matchup is mouthwatering enough with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Clemson's DeShaun Watson.

CFP Semifinal (Peach Bowl) Dec. 31:

(4) Florida State vs (1) Alabama

This could easily fly as the LSU bowl as coaches Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban were once on the same staff in Baton Rouge, which saw Saban capture a share of the National Championship in 2003 as Fisher served as the offensive coordinator.

The familiarity could serve as an epic way to close out 2016.

Orange Bowl (Dec. 30):

(8) Michigan vs (17) North Carolina

Since this game falls on Dec. 30 as a standalone outside of New Year's Eve and the Jan. 2 games, Michigan and North Carloina would be a great draw to get viewers to tune on a Friday night.

Remember the last time these schools squared off in football/basketball postseason play? 

Cotton Bowl (Jan. 2):

(9) Notre Dame vs (12) Houston

Remember the Chicken Soup game from 1979?

Joe Montana's heroic performance long lives in Cotton Bowl history and these two teams would be ripe for another meeting– this time around at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The coaching matchup between Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Houston's Tom Herman is one to watch for as this matchup could serve as a program-changing win for one of these schools.

Rose Bowl (Jan. 2):

(6) Stanford vs (5) Ohio State

Easily the best game outside of the semifinals as potential Heisman Trophy candidates in running back Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) and quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) would be the showcase players to watch for.

Don't forget the winning pedigree of coaches David Shaw (Stanford) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and you have a great main course on the second day of 2016.

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2):

(7) LSU vs (19) TCU

LSU and TCU in New Orleans could represent two contrasting styles colliding in primetime. 

TCU loves offense, offense and more offense in the fast-paced Big 12, while LSU produces the majority of its scoring through defensive turnovers.

One thing for sure is that we are in for another fun college football season.

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