CFB Playoff Mania

CFB Playoff Mania

By Daniel Navarro, Sports Editor

After a long college football season full of upsets and dominant performances across the country, the top four teams in the country have been made, and are ready to compete for an NCAA title.

At #4, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats find themselves there after posting a 13-0 overall record and taking home the AAC (American Athletic Conference) conference title, winning against a tough University of Houston Cougars team. The Bearcats have gone through many successful seasons in the past couple of years to find themselves playing in the playoffs in January, but this season, after starting out the season ranked eighth, they finish fourth and find themselves going up against college football powerhouse, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

For Alabama, this season is no different from the others. The Tide finish first in the CFB rankings and had a statement win last weekend against a strong University of Georgia team in the SEC title game.

For senior Nick Yonan, no team is capable of taking down the Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.

“Saban is one of the most successful coaches in all of sports in history. The way his program is able to go out and win as many games as they do every single season, is a testament to how good of a coach Saban is. None of these coaches in the top four are able to go out there and outsmart Saban, his experience and ability to pull together a team in big games is what makes him so dominant in the NCAA,” Yonan said.

As for senior Samuel Burns, the Crimson Tide are too dangerous on both sides of the ball to be stopped.

“Alabama’s offensive line is what will win them this game against the Bearcats. If nobody is able to get pressure on the quarterback Bryce Young, then he will light up any team in the country without a doubt. Defensive wise, this defense is still as fast and hard hitting as always from the front to the back,” Burns said.

Young’s stats speak for themselves as the 6’0 Heisman-winning quarterback has thrown for over 4,300 passing yards as well as 43 TD’s making him an offensive threat to the opposing teams, and in this instance, the Bearcats.

Coming in at #2 is the red hot University of Michigan Wolverines. After a blowout win on week 13 against a highly ranked Ohio State University, the Wolverines jumped five spots into #2 and finished week 14 in the same spot.

The Wolverines have a really good chance at winning it all this year just based on their high scoring offense, and top tier defense starting with the Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson recorded 14 sacks, and 58 tackles as this Wolverine defense ranks second in points allowed per game at 16.

Senior Rayyan Khaliq is in belief that the Wolverines successful run this season has just gotten started.

“The Wolverines are a very solid team on the both sides of the ball, they have a lot of defensive weapons playing well this late in the season, and are able to run the ball really well against some really good programs which was shown in the win against Ohio State,” Khaliq said.

The Wolverines rank ninth in the country for overall rushing yards at just a few over 2,900. Under a talented team and an amazing head coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines are destined to shock the world come December 31.

The Wolverines will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the semifinals on New Years Eve. After a numerous amount of dominant performances by the Georgia Bulldogs, the college committee granted the program the #1 spot from week six all the way up to week 13, although they finish this week at #3.

The Bulldogs’ great coaching from Kirby Smart and dangerous defense will be a huge testament to how good this Wolverines team is.