Way-too-early projection for 12-team 2024 College Football Playoff

Looking ahead to the first 12-team playoff in college football, we projected what the first expanded College Football Playoff field will look like.

Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts after defeating
Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts after defeating / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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College Football Playoff Semifinals and national championship

Orange Bowl: No. 1 Georgia vs No. 5 Ohio State

See the Michigan game. Ohio State and Georgia are going to have plenty of similarities. But the Bulldogs aren't a team that you can push around. They'll be motivated and Carson Beck is going to be the difference. The lack of an elite quarterback will doom the Buckeyes and Wolverines in the postseason.

Prediction: Georgia

Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 6 Texas

Texas fans don't like Dillon Gabriel and would probably relish the chance to face him in the College Football Playoff. Yet, Gabriel will give the Longhorns another reason to hate him as he wins another huge game in the state of Texas over the Horns, although Dan Lanning's defense and the running game certainly do their part.

Prediction: Oregon

College Football Playoff National Championship: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oregon

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The former Georgia assistant Dan Lanning would square off against his former mentor Kirby Smart. But like the first time Saban took on Smart in the College Football Playoff, Smart will get the best of his pupil. Georgia will make it three national championships in four seasons. That's my prediction in January 2024 at least.