By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
As the College Football Bowl season begins this weekend, we’re going to make a bold prediction. The prediction is that the Oklahoma Sooners will win the College Football Playoff National Championship game in January.
The Sooners, who are the No. 2 team in this year’s College Football Playoffs, would have to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs first on New Year’s Day. The Sooners, who won the Big 12 Conference with a win over the TCU Horned Frogs on December 2nd, have the experience over the Bulldogs, who are making their first appearance in the CFP’s Final Four.
The Sooners are also making their first appearance in the CFP’s Final Four. Despite that, they have the key advantage over the Bulldogs.
That is they have a veteran signal-caller, who just won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City. Baker Mayfield, who is considered the best player in college football, has several years experience than Jake Fromm, the Bulldogs quarterback.
Typically, in big games, the quarterback has to make the big plays for their team to survive and advance. Much like he has done all season, we believe Mayfield will outduel Fromm for the Sooners to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 8th at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
We also predict that the Alabama Crimson Tide — who some believe is the best team in college football despite the No. 4 ranking — will defeat the Clemson Tigers in the trilogy between these two teams. The reigning College Football Playoff National Champions will be eliminated in the Sugar Bowl.
The Crimson Tide has not won a Sugar Bowl game since the 1992 season. Yet, we believe that the Crimson Tide will squeak past the Tigers by a narrow margin to advance to play the Sooners on January 8th.
We give the Tide the advantage, because the Tigers do not have Deshaun Watson as their signal-caller this season. Watson was clearly the best player in College Football Playoff last season and put his team on his back to get the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Watson was replaced this season by Kelly Bryant, the junior quarterback, who has had huge shoes to fill.
In the matchup between the Sooners and the Crimson Tide, the Sooners will win this game despite Nick Saban has more experience in National Championship games compared to Lincoln Riley, who is in his first-year as the Sooners head coach.
We believe that Mayfield will end his career with the Heisman and the National Championship. Jameis Winston was the last player to accomplish this feat in 2013.
Yet, this is more common than one would think, as it has happened 14 times. Since 2000, it has happened three other times outside of Winston with Matt Leinart in 2004, Mark Ingram in 2009 and Cam Newton in 2010.
The Crimson Tide has only defeated the Sooners once in their five career meetings. Yet, that was a 17-0 win in the Orange Bowl in 1963.
Alabama has lost its previous three meetings with Oklahoma, including a 45-31 game in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd, 2014.
Like the game with the Bulldogs, we’re giving the Sooners the advantage due to Mayfield. This will be Jalen Hurts, the Crimson Tide’s sophomore quarterback, second-year in the College Football Playoff.
Yet, he has struggled in his previous two games in the College Football Playoff.
In two games, he has had 188 passing yards and a touchdown. The likelihood is Mayfield will have those numbers by at least the second quarter and will have anywhere between 300-to-500 passing yards in the National Championship game win.
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