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The College Football Playoff has been dominated by most of the same teams since its inception in 2014. The Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners and Ohio State Buckeyes are multiple past participants that are usually in the hunt even when they don’t make it. One stark difference was seen for 2019 in that that LSU Tigers made the College Football Playoff for the first time and won it with relative ease. LSU mauled defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-25 in the national championship game. Clemson was in the CFP for the fifth consecutive year. In fact, the Tigers have made the national championship game in four of the last five seasons, winning it twice. Meanwhile Alabama missed for just the second time in the six years that the College Football Playoff has existed. On the whole the usual suspects are favored once again. The question many fans and gamblers have is if a dark horse can emerge.
By all accounts the Clemson Tigers will open the 2020 college football season as the top ranked school in the land. Clemson continues to build its overloaded roster with among the top ranked recruiting classes in the country. With their track record of consistently making the College Football Playoff and head coach Dabo Swinney building a culture of stability and excellence expectations are at a maximum. Also playing in the relatively weak Atlantic Coast Conference with no other viable national threats is a major advantage for the Tigers.
After missing the College Football Playoff last year, the Crimson Tide had to settle for an 11-2 season and Citrus Bowl berth. Consequently, Alabama’s string of four consecutive appearances in the national championship game was ended. Fans and gamblers should not take last year’s campaign as the beginning of the end of a great college football dynasty. Like Clemson the Crimson Tide recruit at an elite national level. Their roster is stacked with several years’ worth of top ranked classes. And Nick Saban has proven to be the greatest college football coach of all time. Alabama has five national championships with two losses in the championship game under Saban. The one disadvantage the Tide has is competing in the brutally tough Southeastern Conference.
Last year could not have gone much better for rookie head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Day led the Bucks to 13-1 season that ended with a controversial loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff. For sure Day had his share of skeptics after he took over for retired Urban Meyer. But Day was offensive coordinator under Meyer which proved to be a tremendous advantage. The big question for 2020 is if Day can maintain Meyer’s recruiting prowess, which was at an elite national level. As Meyer’s recruits depart the program is when that question will be answered. Certainly, Ohio State remains the class of the Big Ten Conference.
The Oklahoma Sooners have been good enough to make the College Football Playoff but not good enough to win it. For the past three consecutive seasons head coach Lincoln Riley has led OU to the CFP. Each time the defense showed as not up to task. Riley is so respected for his offensive prowess that NFL coaches come calling each off season for intense study. But until Riley gets his defense up to par that sophisticated attack will be all for naught. OU does hold the advantage of playing in the relatively weaker Big 12 Conference.
Georgia nearly won the 2017 season championship but let Alabama off the hook in an unforgettable and heartbreaking national championship game loss in overtime. Georgia recruits as well as anyone but has not been able to get back. They would be a team to keep an eye on, especially with defending champion LSU having lost the vast majority of key personnel.
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