College Football Playoff National Championship
Jerry’s World, Arlington, Texas
Monday, January 12, 2015
Weather: Cloudy, low 40’s
Vegas Says: Ducks -6.5
Game Color: Yellow
There’s been no shortage of buildup to this National Championship; the entire season has been building up to this moment. The question was “how will the playoff system work?” or simply, “will it work at all?” To me, the answer is pretty clear: the BCS would have given us Alabama against Florida State in the National Championship, which are the two teams that were knocked out first in the playoff era of college football. TCU fans may have some misgivings, but overall I think the system has given us the two best teams and an extremely intriguing matchup.
Headlining the game are the two quarterbacks. By now we’ve all heard plenty about Cardale Jones and the fact that he was indeed the third string quarterback coming into the season. But let’s not treat Jones like any ‘ol third stringer. Yeah, he was down on the Ohio State depth chart, but he shared reps with JT Barret during spring ball while Braxton Miller was injured, and he was the number 12 ranked quarterback (rivals.com) coming out of high school. He’s also 6’5” and 250 pounds, lending to the adage “you can’t teach big.” Lastly, he’s 2-0 so far in his career as a starting quarterback, with those two games being the Big 10 championship and the Sugar Bowl. He definitely won’t be afraid of the big stage.
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