Goodbye to the Bowl Championship Series and hello to the first year of the College Football Playoffs.
For almost two decades the BCS era was implemented in the world of college football and brought an entirely different outcome on the season.
BCS relied heavily on the combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings to narrow the field to two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game held after the other college bowl games.
This was created to end split championships and for the champion to win the title on the field between the two teams selected by the BCS. Until June 26, 2012, when the announcement was official that the BCS would be replaced by four-team playoffs effective for the very first time this season.
And in rightfully doing so, who would have guessed that one of the first two teams to make the title game was one that had been very successful during the BCS era.
Ohio State—which led the nation in most BCS bowl appearances with 10—will be taking on the University of Oregon for the College Football Championship.
Now there is a lot to speculate about and many storylines that can discussed prior to Monday’s game but the bottom line is that this will be a grudge match and perhaps the best matchup we have seen all season long.
Not only are both Ohio State and Oregon similar with an identical record of 13-1 but they both rely tremendously on their explosive offenses.
Oregon ranks second in points per game (47.2) while Ohio State is fifth in the nation (45).
Defensively, Ohio State has allowed the 26th most points per game (22.1) and Oregon ranks just below them in 27th (22.3).
While these similarities already present the sort of game that America should expect to watch—a shootout—don’t be surprised if this becomes a defensive juggernaut type of game.
With the way these two teams played their respective opponents in the semifinal games, there is no doubt what they capable of accomplishing is more than anybody could expect to see.
Let’s not forget Oregon sucked the life out of Florida State after a beat down which resulted in a win by 39 points.
Then Ohio State pulled off perhaps one of the biggest upsets in college football history by toppling one of the best teams of the past decade and the number one ranked team at the time—University of Alabama.
With a sophomore third string quarterback in Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes of Ohio were able to control the momentum of the game along with a strong running game.
The 6-foot-5 quarterback is not only the size of a linebacker and some defensive linemen weighing 250-pounds, but his exceptional speed and powerful arm will prove to provide some problems for Oregon’s defense.
Oregon’s quarterback on the other hand is perhaps the most effective man under center for the past two years and was also this year’s Heisman Trophy winner in Marcus Mariotta.
With Mariotta you already know what you are getting and that is almost everything you want in a college quarterback—this kid has all the intangibles needed to win.
The running game is heavily in favor of Ohio State, however, especially with a superstar running back in Ezekial Elliott, who absolutely demolished Alabama’s superior defense by rushing for 230-yards.
Although we cannot forget about what Oregon has been doing all year long which is dominate the game in every phase this will be a brutal matchup against a Buckeyes defensive line that is by far the best Oregon has seen all year long.
It won’t be an easy task for the Buckeyes but let’s just say I am expecting an upset because we all know Oregon are the heavy favorites but let’s not forget about the wonders that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has brought, and always does wherever he is at the helm.