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Playoff Summary

Well, we got what we all knew was coming from mid-season, something that does not always happen in CFB. The problem is, certain schools have figured out a formula for success and have exploited the system to the max. I will leave the specifics to your imagination.

Game One pitted Notre Dame against Clemson, and it was not even a contest. Before I get into the conventional wisdom, let me say that I have the utmost respect for UND as an educational institution, but that may be the problem. A recent WSJ article detailed their last five or six recruiting classes which ranged from 11th to 18th. I am guessing that ND had to pass on some five star players, or they would not come to ND due to actually be required to take real classes, that the other powers would find a way to admit. Good coaching can take you so far, and at this level, the talent level showed. Clemson was without their best defensive player (Dexter Lawrence), and still held the Irish to their lowest point level in school bowl history.  That is because Clemson has about six other DLs who will play in the NFL. Dabo Swinney knew early on that he needed frosh gunslinger, the long haired lanky Trevor Lawrence to beat Bama so he benched senior Kelly Bryant (who immediately bailed). Lawrence has proven Dabo correct as he both idolizes and resembles Peyton Manning (please Panthers sell your soul to draft him in 2021). Add a stable of great WRS, yes Hunter is still there, and you have a complete team.

Game Two saw OU facing Alabama (the Death Star as CFB talk show host Bill King calls them) in Miami. OU did what they did all year, fall behind early and then score at will in the second half. The problem is that they were playing the Tide and not Texas Tech or Ok St. You have to give the Sooners a lot of props for rallying from a 28-0 hole to make this a game as many teams would have packed it in. While I think that Kyler Murray should indeed play MLB, provided he can hit the breaking ball, he did show that he was a worthy Heisman winner. Tua was fine, given that he received medical treatment generally given to royalty, going 24 for 27, and a perfect 10 for 10 with 4 TDs when blitzed.

Now we get the 4th consecutive playoff matchup between Clemson and Alabama, and the third in the title game. While it will be fun to watch, this is exactly meant by me saying it was boring during the season.

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