The four teams for the college football playoff have been set, and now we only have to wait for the much-anticipated matchups that come on December 31st. So, let’s look at the two games that will set the national championship game.
- Michigan vs. TCU-The first matchup which happens at 4:30 on December 31st, has undefeated Michigan, faceoff against TCU who make their first college playoff with an 11-1 record on the year. Michigan has all the momentum in the world after beating long-time rival Ohio State for the second straight year and soundly defeating Purdue in the BIG Ten Championship game. Michigan comes in as the two seed of the playoff and their only real setback heading in is that star running back Blake Corum will not be available for the playoff. TCU was undefeated up until a heartbreaking loss to Kansas State in overtime in the BIG 12 Championship. Many thought TCU would lose out on their spot to Alabama with that loss, but they were selected and come in as the third seed for the playoff.
- Georgia vs. Ohio State-The second and last matchup happens between undefeated Georgia and 11-1 Ohio State. Georgia has looked phenomenal as of late, and their last performance which saw them defeat LSU in the SEC Championship, 50-30, further showed their strength. Georgia looks to repeat being last year’s National Champions, but they have to face the high-powered offense of Ohio State, who have something to prove. Ohio State and quarterback C.J. Stroud have lost two years in a row to bitter rivals Michigan now, and their hopes of a playoff berth after that all relied on USC. USC would lose to Utah in the PAC-12 Championship and give Ohio State a chance at redemption. C.J. Stroud, who was visibly upset after the Michigan game in the result, will have a chance to cement his legacy for Ohio State if they make the underdog run in the playoffs, and shock the world as the four seed.