Peter, Omar, Channel, Quanisha
One of the most exciting and previewed events in college sports is the College football playoff. The playoff started in 2016 and with many exciting games played in this format, there is lots of hype for this year's playoff. The Playoff kicks off on December 29th with one game at 4 PM ET and one game at 8 PM ET. The winners of the two games will face off In the National Championship on January 7th at 9 PM ET.
The teams participating in this year's bracket are NO 1. Alabama, NO 2. Clemson,
NO 3. Notre Dame, and NO 4.Oklahoma.
The two teams participating in the first matchup of the day are NO.3 Notre Dame and NO.2 Clemson. With both teams coming into the game with undefeated records, with Clemson coming in at (13-0) and Notre Dame coming in at (12-0). Clemson is considered 11.5 point favorites in this game. Notre Dame doesn't get the same respect as Clemson because it does not participate in a conference championship game. Clemson has the upper hand on offense averaging 45 points per game while Notre Dame only averages 33 points per games. Clemson also has the upper hand on defense only giving up 275 yards per game, while Notre Dame gives up 331 yards per game.
Peter- Notre Dame
Omar- Notre Dame
The second matchup in the playoff is NO.4 Oklahoma versus NO.1 Alabama. Oklahoma comes into the game with a (12-1) record and Alabama comes in with a (13-0) record. Both teams won their respective conferences, Oklahoma Big 12, and Alabama SEC. Alabama comes into the game a 14 point favorite. Both teams quarterbacks were Heisman candidates but Oklahoma's quarterback Kyler Murray came out with the trophy. These two teams sit atop the Points per game list with Oklahoma being number one with 49 PPG and Bama being number two with 47 PPG. The defensive side of the ball is a whole different story, Alabama is number 4 only giving up 14 points per game, while Oklahoma is number 94 giving up 32 points per game. The stats do say a lot but you have to remember the conferences they play in, The Big 12 tends to play no defense, The SEC is all about defense.