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College Football Playoffs Next Week; Two Exciting Bowl Games Expected

December 25, 2014

On New Year’s Day, 2 0f the 5 College Bowl games will have National Championship significance.

This year the Rose Bowl, which matches Oregon and Florida State. and the Sugar Bowl, pitting Alabama vs Ohio State, serve as national semi-final games.

The winners of those two games will meet at A T &T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night January 12th for the title.

I vividly recall undefeated Ohio State playing on New Year’s Day 39 years ago and blowing the national title,  losing to UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

That 1975 Ohio State team had a great regular season, not only going unbeaten, but winning on the road at very good UCLA and previously unbeaten Michigan. However, they had to beat UCLA again in the Rose Bowl to be national champions and despite being big favorites, were unable to do so.

This year, Ohio State, far from great in the regular season, was deemed the fourth best team by the selection committee.

I believe this was largely because unlike the other choices for fourth and playoff qualification, TCU and Baylor, Ohio State has a huge following that would boost ratings and create more business.

Ohio State are 9 point underdogs vs Alabama, making them dangerous, and increases their chances to win, in my opinion.

Later this week, I will offer predictions on the Sugar and the Rose Bowls. Meanwhile, take yesterday’s Western Kentucky vs Central Michigan fiasco as a warning. That meaningless game had an incredible finish that affected the point spread and proves that betting any significant financial or emotional sum on the outcome of these, not so sporting contests is a fool’s errand.

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