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How to watch college football playoff games

How to watch college football playoff games



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Don’t have New Year’s plans? Yes you do! NCAA College Football Playoff Games is on, and nothing says “glamour” or “party time” like eight straight hours of sports coverage. Plus, the two semifinal games on Dec. 31 will determine the matchup for the College Football Playoff Championship on Jan. 9, and you won’t want to miss any of the big ones. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy this year’s playoff events.

December 31, Saturday:

  • No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 TCU in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The game begins at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN.
  • No. 1 Georgia will take on No. 4 Ohio State in the Peach Bowl in (where else?) Atlanta. The game begins at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.

The winners of those games will meet on Monday, January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California for the championship game.

It’s not the World Cup, okay? The College Football Playoff structure is still relatively new (we’ll talk about that later), and while the brackets will likely expand later, we’re only getting four right now. At least they are easy to follow. Let’s get to know them:

#1: Georgia Bulldogs

school: University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia

Conference: SEC

Claim to fame: They’re the defending national champions, an unstoppable force, and ranked No. 1, the favorites to win it all again

Talisman Power: 8/10. “Go Dawgs” has a nice ring to it (or a terrible ring if you’re, say, not a Georgia fan but live within a 250-mile radius of the Atlanta metropolitan area). They also have a live bulldog mascot, Hugo, who always looks tired and worried. Very close. Would you like to fight a real bulldog? Probably not, because that seems cruel.

The power of the color combo: 10/10. You can’t go wrong with black and red, the classic colors of power and violence.

The player should know: Quarterback Stetson Fleming Bennett IV, whose name sounds like it was spat out by an artificial intelligence trained by a 19th-century British peer and a Yellowstone character. Bennett was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy that year, the highest individual honor for a college football player. He is also 25. College football!

#2: The Michigan Wolverines

school: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

Conference: Big Ten

Claim to fame: Tom Brady played there, as did current coach Jim Harbaugh.

Talisman Power: 8/10. Wolverines are described as “solitary” and “muscular” animals, which is an odd set of adjectives, but good for football purposes, assuming they can build some teamwork skills. Even the University of Michigan itself not quite sure why they are called Wolverines, which lends an air of chaotic mystery to the whole affair. Would you like to fight a real wolverine? No, they look very angry.

The power of the color combo: 6/10. Blue and gold/yellow is another classic color combination, but it’s been done in more expressive and powerful ways. However, points for the school’s official shade of yellow, which is called “Michigan corn.”

The player should know: Running back Blake Corum. He suffered a torn meniscus earlier this season and will not play in the postseason. But you can still seem smart while playing the game, shaking your head at how it’s a shame Corum will miss the opportunity and wondering out loud will he return to michigan when he is betteror straight into the NFL draft.

No. 3: TCU Horned Frogs

school: Texas Christian University in Fort Worth

Conference: Big 12

Claim to fame: I don’t know

Talisman Power: 6/10. Listen, we love a unique mascot. Horned frogs? Thus Texas. Probably a talisman arose from an old legend that in the early days of the school’s football program, the football field was once covered with little guys. Do you want to fight with a real horned frog? Of course not. A one-on-one fight just wouldn’t be fair, and going up against an entire football field would be too biblical. You also definitely don’t want to fight a man in a horned frog mascot costume. Imagine that this is the last thing you saw in your earthly life:

How to watch college football playoff games

The power of the color combo: 8/10. Purple is always a nice change of palette, and they make for fun motifs inspired by horned frogs.

The player should know: Quentin Johnston, who is one of the best wide receivers in the country. 247 Sports describes him as “an incredibly resilient athlete,” which makes a lot more (well, a little more) sense when you learn that he’s also great at basketball and the high jump.

#4: Ohio State Buckeyes

school: Ohio State University in Columbus

Conference: Big Ten

Claim to fame: In 2014, they won the first National College Football Playoff Championship. They also have one of the most intense fan bases in college football, and you can identify with them as they insist that it’s “Ohio State.”

Talisman Power: 3/10. This is a buckeye. NUT, for God’s sake. Or a delicious regional treat if you’re talking chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Either way, you’ll never have a reason to fight a buckeye. But you will definitely win. (Not if it was an on-field mascot, though. Brutus Buckeye is terrifying. Not in a “college sports titan” kind of way, but more in a “sleep paralysis demon” kind of way.)

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The power of the color combo: 4/10. OSU’s colors are technically gray and scarlet, but on the field they’re mostly white and red.

The player should know: Quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is already being touted as the top pick in the NFL draft for next year. He was a two-time Heisman finalist and collected numerous other awards during his time at Ohio State.

The College Football Playoff National Championship system is still fairly new. Until 2014, the college postseason system was called the Bowl Championship Series. It consisted of several postseason bowl games in which the top teams competed in the BCS National Championship game. BCHS was not popular because method of selecting teams for competitions was unpleasant and opaque. The NCAA used several different ranking polls and computer algorithms to determine which teams played which and where. Now, under the College Football Playoff model, things are a little easier.

It all comes down to Harold Wombat’s playoff acumen. Near the end of each football season, NCAA officials visit Harold at his residence outside of Indianapolis and show him the same hard-boiled eggs at the same distance. Each egg bears the name of the highest-ranked school, and the first four eggs Harold eats determine the teams and order in the playoffs.

NCAA appeals to the admission committee consists of 13 people is made up of professional college football experts. Members vote for the top four teams using metrics such as poll ratings, wins and strength of schedule.

However, there are plenty of other bowl games for the top finishers in the various football conferences. So just because your team misses the playoffs doesn’t mean they can’t win honors and glory in, say, Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is the stadium that should start things off

It can’t be just because the football stadium is bowl shaped! Where would the comparisons end? NFL Super Roomba? The College Football Playoff Bath?

(It actually is there is because they are shaped like bowls.)



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