College Football Playoff Projections Week 13: Back to Two SEC Teams?

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Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) walks off the field as the Florida State Seminoles beat the Miami Hurricanes 30-26 at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 3 Florida State Seminoles

Obviously, it would make more sense to avoid rematches. And the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has made clear they would do that as long as it wasn’t at the expense of important seeds, meaning one team had to be significantly above the other. With them not giving an undefeated Florida State team respect as is against a one-loss SEC Champion, they probably would have a hard-time nitpicking between them and another one-loss SEC team. Therefore, the Selection Committee would likely have no problem allowing the Seminoles to play the Alabama Crimson Tide to avoid a rematch. This would be the epic performance because it’s the two teams that win with the Jimmy’s and Joe’s and running pro-style offenses. By raw talent, they are clearly the best in the country. And while Alabama, as the top seed, would get to play the game in the Sugar Bowl, the closest stadium to its home, Florida State would be close enough to travel well. So the fans would be as awesome as the game. Who doesn’t want to see this one?

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 4 Mississippi State Bulldogs

Obviously, the result of the first pairing would leave Oregon and Mississippi State to play out in Pasadena. And while the Alabama-Florida State game would be a match-up between two teams with the most talent in the country that play regular, borderline NFL style, this game would feature two cutting-edge high-powered spread offenses with Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback. Honestly, wouldn’t this one be just as exciting? It would be the Urban Mayer/Dan Mullen Spread vs. the Chip Kelly/Mark Helfrich Spread. It would be Dak Prescott vs. Marcus Mariota. It would be speed vs. speed. It would be X’s and O’s vs. X’s and O’s moreso than Jimmy’s and Joe’s vs. Jimmy’s and Joe’s. With that in mind, we all have to root for this to happen now because the excitement that comes with it would simply be epic. We would have two games featuring two identical teams each, and it would be one style vs. another in the national championship game. Let’s get it going!

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