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College Football Playoffs: Breaking Down Year One

The inaugural College Football Playoffs committee has completed their first full year leading the new system, and they couldn’t have scripted it any better. Not only was the race to the playoffs exciting, but the games leading up to the final decision helped to add a new level of intrigue and suspense to the entire process.

We take a look at how the process as a whole went this season – was it successful and just how much it actually improved (or hurt) college football. Additionally, we break down each team’s path to the Top Four and do an early preview of the much-anticipated semifinals.

For the Alabama/Ohio State matchup, we breakdown two teams who are eerily similar in many ways. From their designed offenses to the physical play of their defenses, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer have established two teams that are at times mirror images of each other.

Looking at the showdown between Oregon and Florida State, our staff was rather unanimous in their opinion of this game being one-sided. We also take a look at the projected NFL careers of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Without further ado, our breakdown of the College Football Playoffs:


Cover Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Grant E. Doepel

Grant E. Doepel

Founder at Sports Grumble
Editor in Chief and co-founder of Riverfront City Sports and Sports Grumble, Doepel is a Cincinnati native who lives and breathes Queen City sports. A University of the Cumberlands graduate with degrees in Journalism and Communication Arts, Doepel still resides in the Greater Cincinnati area to provide easy access to the riverfront stadiums.
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