College Football Playoff: Who’s In and Why?

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With the first College Football Playoff just days away from being set, theories are flying left and right about who should be in, who should be out and for what reasons for both.  Today is Conference Championship week, which means so much can change in the next 24 hours, but as of right now these are the four teams that should be included in the College Football Playoff, in this writer’s opinion.

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  1. Alabama (11-1):
    Why should the Crimson Tide be included in the College Football Playoff? Well their resumé speaks for itself really.  They dealt with a grueling schedule, playing five ranked teams in 12 games, plus a sixth ranked team later today in the SEC Championship game, in the No. 16 ranked Missouri Tigers.  ‘Bama plays in the most talented conference in the country, and they managed to only accrue one loss throughout the year, coming at the hands of the then ranked No. 12 and now ranked No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels.  Ranked as the top team in the nation for a reason and they are definitely deserving of the top spot in the playoff.
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  2. Oregon (12-1):
    Why should the Ducks be included in the College Football Playoff? Just as Alabama proved themselves throughout the year, as did Oregon.  Oregon went 11-1 in the regular season, beating three ranked teams in the regular season.  While they did drop a game against Arizona at the beginning of October, they remedied that loss in the Pac-12 Championship game, beating now ranked No. 7 Arizona by the score of 51-13.  Oregon is led my Heisman Trophy frontrunner Marcus Mariota, and they are more than deserving of a spot in the College Football Playoff.
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  3. Florida State (12-0):
    Why should the Seminoles be included in the College Football Playoff? For starters, Florida State is undefeated this season and actually hasn’t lost a game since November 24, 2012.  The Seminoles are the reigning National Champions, have beaten all three ranked teams they’ve played this season, and are playing a fourth later today in the ACC Championship, in No. 11 Georgia Tech.  Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston has shown signs of struggle this year, but has always come through in the clutch, as Florida State continues to churn out win after win.  In all reality, Florida State is undefeated, playing in a major conference, and that alone should be enough to get them into the College Football Playoff.
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  4. Texas Christian University (11-1):
    Why should the Horned Frogs be included in the College Football Playoff (other than having one of the best mascots in the country)? TCU has been tried and tested all year long, playing five ranked teams, three of which were ranked in the top 10 at the time, and went 4-1 in those games against ranked opponents.  However, there are some issues with their wins against ranked teams.  Their first win against a ranked team was then ranked No. 4 Oklahoma, who has since fallen off and is only ranked No. 20.  They beat then ranked No. 15 Oklahoma State who isn’t even ranked now, and the Horned Frogs also knocked off No. 20 West Virginia who is no longer ranked.  Against teams that have stayed as national contenders, No. 5 Baylor and No. 7 Kansas State, TCU is 1-1 which hurts their overall season performance as a whole.  Also TCU plays in the Big 12 conference which does not have a championship game, giving the Horned Frogs one less chance to get a big win over a ranked team.  For these reasons, TCU drops to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff, but their overall resumé makes them a for sure lock.
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