Monday, January 2, 2012

College Football Playoff Quarterfinals

Yesterday I picked winners for the 1st round of my college football playoff. Today I will pick the winners in the quarterfinal games.

December 30 Quarterfinal games:

  • West #4 Oregon vs. West #1 Alabama, at the Rose Bowl
  • West #3 Boise State vs. West #2 Oklahoma State, at the Fiesta Bowl
Alabama vs. Oregon:
Tough choice, two great teams and Alabama does have to travel cross-country to the Rose Bowl. Oregon has speed, but Alabama has speed and power. Alabama is very similar to LSU who beat Oregon at the beginning of the season. The key is can Bama's offense put up enough points to compete with the high powered Ducks.

Alabama 31 Oregon 30

Oklahoma State vs. Boise State:
Five years later Boise State returns to the scene of one of the greatest games in college football history and they get to play none other than Oklahoma's instate rival, Oklahoma State. This is Boise's chance to prove that they can hang with the big boys. This game should be an offensive shootout with Boise unable to match-up with Justin Blackmon and Oklahoma State unable to control Kellen Moore.

Boise State 42 Oklahoma State 38

December 31 Quarterfinal games:

  • East #5 Wisconsin vs. East #1 LSU, at the Outback Bowl
  • East #3 Arkansas vs. East #2 Stanford, at the Capital One Bowl
LSU vs. Wisconsin:
Undefeated LSU faces Big Ten champ Wisconsin in a game with two grind it out teams. Both teams seem to find a way to score 30-40 points in every game. LSU has the better defense and couple that with an offense that improved as the season went along could mean a long game for Wisconsin. Two Heisman trophy finalist will add intrigue to this second round game.

LSU 37 Wisconsin 21

Stanford vs. Arkansas:
The final quarterfinal game features the best quarterback in the country against a dynamic offense lead by Tyler Wilson. A long trip for Stanford should help to balance out the game. Ultimately the balanced attack of Stanford takes advantage of a weak Arkansas defense and helps the Cardinal advance to the Semifinals.

Stanford 34 Arkansas 28

The semifinal games feature two SEC teams, three of the top four teams and Boise State with a chance to show everyone they belong.
January 6 Semifinal games:

  • West #5 Boise State vs. West #1 Alabama, at the Fiesta Bowl
  • East #1 LSU vs. East #2 Stanford, at the Orange Bowl

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