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College Football Playoff Semi-final Selections: Ducks-Noles and Tide-Buckeyes

The BCI staff makes their predictions on today's national semi-final games.

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Some 112 years after the first bowl game was played, college football will finally usher in a new era with the first four-team playoff in history.

The schedule has the Rose Bowl Game, in its traditional 5:00 PM Eastern time slot, featuring #2 Oregon (12-1) with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota, against last year's winner, Jameis Winston and #3 Florida State (13-0).  Following the Rose Bowl, at 8:30 PM Eastern, #1 Alabama (12-1) and their Heisman finalist, Amari Cooper will face Urban Meyer's third string quarterback, Cardale Jones and #4 Ohio State (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl.

Who will win?  Will the game live up to the hype?  The BCI staff brings out their crystal balls and these predictions.

Brian Favat:

  • Oregon 34 Florida State 27
  • Ohio State 42 Alabama 38

Dan Rubin:

  • Oregon 45 Florida State 21 - Jameis has a slow start and the "second half team" concept doesn't really work against the Ducks.  Plus, do we really think I'm picking FSU?
  • Alabama 24 Ohio State 17 - Smash mouth football at its finest.
Grant Salzano:
  • Oregon 41 Florida State 21
  • Alabama 30 Ohio State 20
Jeff Martyn:
  • Florida State 34 Oregon 33
  • Alabama 38 Ohio State 14
  • Florida State 35 Oregon 31 - The 'Noles finally put it all together. Jameis gets time to throw and the Ifo Ekpre-Olomu injury turns into a more important factor than anticipated. Doesn't mean I am happy with the result.
  • Alabama 28 Ohio State 17 - Even with nearly four weeks to prepare, can Urban Meyer really use a third string QB to beat Nick Saban? Did you know that Buckeye All-America defensive end Joey Bosa's dad, John, was a D-end at BC? Unfortunately, his Mom went to Ohio State...damn it all!
Tell us what you think will happen.