Mississippi State (#1) - Oregon (#4):
Ole Miss’ drop is Oregon’s gain. They get the fourth spot and face Mississippi State. Prescott might be ailing, but he’s still dangerous. This comes down to a battle of Quarterbacks and the Bulldogs win that matchup. Mississippi State 34-Oregon 27.
Alabama (#2) - Florida State (#3):
This game will be put up or shut up time for Jimbo Fisher. Surely Nick Saban won’t be using any of his comments about the SEC as motivation for his guys. Bet on Kirby Smith beating Winston. Alabama 28-Florida State 17.
Title game: Mississippi State - Alabama
Prediction: They play on November 15th and this rematch will be fun. Don’t ever give Saban a second chance at you. Alabama 42-Mississippi State 28.
The rest of the Playoff system bowls (note: this is based on the voting of who is the appropriate team at this moment):
Rose Bowl: Arizona State (Pacific 12 representative) - Michigan State (Big 10 rep). Arizona state moves up in the world thanks to Oregon’s rise. They’re no match for Michigan State however. Michigan State 38-ASU 17.
Sugar Bowl: Auburn (SEC rep) - TCU (Big 12 rep). This game might set some scoring records. Both teams can score early and often, but neither can play defense. Auburn 72-TCU 51.
Orange Bowl: Duke (ACC rep) - Notre Dame (at large). Another high scoring fun game. Duke has the coaching advantage, but Notre Dame has the talent. Notre Dame 48-Duke 35.
Cotton: East Carolina (Group of 5 rep) - Kansas State (at large). ECU takes Marshall’s “Charity spot for bad conferences” and K-State gets rewarded for a great season. There should be a 95-5 percentage split between K-State and ECU fans. Kansas State 30-East Carolina 28.
Fiesta Bowl: LSU (at large) - Baylor (at large). Beating Ole Miss, no matter how hilariously, pumped LSU up to a major game. Baylor is reeling after losing to West Virginia. LSU 17-Baylor 10.
Peach Bowl: Arizona (at large) - Nebraska (at large). Three Pac-12 teams? How did this happen? And another Big 10 team? ESPN begs the committee to pick another SEC/Big 12 match up. On the field, Rich Rodriguez’s spread will give the Blackshirts fits. Arizona 34-Nebraska 17.