FSU, Oklahoma among tip College Football Playoff contenders

Jameis Winston and Florida State hoisted a final BCS inhabitant championship trophy.

The 2014 deteriorate outlines a initial for a College Football Playoff, that will underline a four-team playoff system. Below are a tip 16 contenders to attend in a new playoff system, as good as some additional contenders to follow closely this fall. we see No. 12 as a breakpoint, with copiousness of good teams rated No. 13 on down.

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1. Florida State
The Seminoles will have to play 15 games to win a inhabitant championship. Very probable with Heisman quarterback and clever descent line.

2. Oklahoma
The Sooners have 5 highway games, though usually one opposite an competition with a winning record in 2013. They lapse their starting QB and have a destiny star in RB Keith Ford.

3. Alabama
Alabama is starting over during quarterback. AJ McCarron is out and in is Florida State send Jacob Coker. The Crimson Tide will start a beginner left tackle, though they have really good using backs. They open in Atlanta vs. West Virginia.

4. Oregon
The Ducks face UCLA on a road, though they have have 9 days to get prepared for a game. Team earnings 13 starters, including Marcus Mariota, who is one of a country’s best quarterbacks.

5. Ohio State
The Buckeyes have a really good quarterback in Braxton Miller. They open opposite Navy in Baltimore, and will be challenged on a highway opposite Penn State and Michigan State in a camber of 3 weeks.

6. Michigan State
The Spartans have a good quarterback and using behind to go with a clever defense; they have been really good on defense. Michigan State doesn’t have a really clever schedule, with a pivotal diversion during Oregon in Week 2. The Spartans finish a unchanging deteriorate during Penn State.

The Bruins have quarterback Brett Hundley returning, and 17 starters, as good as a best two-way actor in college football, LB/RB Myles Jack. The Bruins have a tough schedule, though are well-coached and will measure a lot of points.


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8. Georgia
The Bulldogs start a deteriorate with a new quarterback (Hutson Mason), though so do Georgia’s initial dual opponents — Clemson (at home) and South Carolina (in Columbia, S.C.). Georgia also gets to play Auburn during home. Georgia has a good using behind — Todd Gurley — and an superb kicker — Marshall Morgan.

9. Baylor
Baylor has a maestro quarterback (Bryce Petty) returning and will be personification in a mint on-campus stadium in 2014. Baylor has to go to Oklahoma and West Virginia, though differently it is not a genuine tough schedule. Baylor will measure a lot of points. The Bears are returning 10 starters (six on offense and 4 on defense), including a really good linebacker in Bryce Hager.

10. South Carolina
The Gamecocks competence be featuring a new quarterback this tumble (Dylan Thompson), though they lapse 14 starters, including a really good using behind in Mike Davis and dual standout descent linemen. Thompson did get to play some final year as a backup to Connor Shaw. Coach Steve Spurrier is a sorcery man. How many conduct coaches have worked jobs in a NFL, USFL and won a ACC championship during Duke?

11. Auburn
This was a 12-2 group in 2013 and it earnings 14 starters. The Tigers have a good descent complement with a quarterback in Nick Marshall to run it. And Sammie Coates is one of a tip far-reaching receivers in college football. However, Auburn faces a really tough schedule, personification during Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama. Auburn does get South Carolina and LSU during home.

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12. LSU
The Tigers lapse 12 starters from a 10-win team. All 3 waste in 2013 came on a road. LSU starts a new quarterback in Brandon Harris. This is not good given a group opens a deteriorate opposite Wisconsin in Houston. LSU still has really good players and an superb coaching staff. Freshman using behind Leonard Fournette is a key. LSU has mislaid a lot of players to a NFL breeze recently, though also has good immature talent. LSU’s report also includes highway games during Auburn, Florida and Texas AM.

13. USC
The Trojans won 6 of their final 7 games final season, and lapse 14 starters from a 10-win team. New conduct manager Steve Sarkisian knows a USC module well. USC plays a tough schedule, though possesses a really good immature quarterback in Cody Kessler, an superb far-reaching receiver in Nelson Agholor and defensive lineman Leonard Williams is one of a best in college football. The group has improved depth, too.

14. TCU
The Horned Frogs were a 4-8 group final season, though conduct manager Gary Patterson is an superb defensive manager and has combined dual new descent coaches that should assistance a good deal. New quarterback Matt Joeckel — a twin hermit of Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel — eliminated from Texas AM after subsidy adult Johnny Manziel and will be a pivotal actor for TCU. TCU earnings 16 starters, including defensive linemen Devonte Fields and Chucky Hunter, who are really good. The Horned Frogs do get to play Oklahoma during home this season.

15. Stanford
This is a really well-coached group with some good descent players, including left tackle Andrus Peat, who is one of a best during his position during a college level. Quarterback Kevin Hogan started a final 5 games of his beginner year and each diversion final season. Receiver Ty Montgomery is also really good. The Cardinal have to play during Oregon, UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame.


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16. Mississippi
This preference competence startle you, given this group is 15-11 in a final dual seasons. However, Ole Miss has some really good immature players in a sophomore and youth classes. Quarterback Bo Wallace and far-reaching receiver Laquon Treadwell are both good players.

Others in contention:
» Wisconsin
» North Carolina
» Louisville
» Washington
» Arizona State
» Clemson
» Miami (Fla.)
» Iowa
» Texas
» Texas AM
» Florida
» Notre Dame

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