It’s officially that time of the year again! No, we’re not talking about Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. (Although we can’t wait to see what awaits under the tree!) We’re talking about that magical time of the year when 30+ college football teams meet for one last battle. We’re talking about college bowl season! The college bowl is as much as a holiday tradition as stuffing and eggnog, and this year we’re in for an even more special treat — the very first college playoff system. On January 1st, we’ll find out which two teams will fight for first place in this year’s National Championship, and we’re brimming with excitement! Let’s take a look at the two matchups and how they’re shaping up…
The Rose Bowl
No. 2 Oregon will face defending national champs No. 3 Florida State in the grandaddy of them all, the iconic Rose Bowl in sunny California. Throwing more excitement into the mix, this game also features the past two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston of FSU. The motivation on both sides of the football will make for quite the interesting matchup: Oregon, although they’ve come close, has never won a National Championship, and is chomping at the bit for a bid to the big game. FSU, on the other hand, is looking for a back-to-back title, and to prove critics wrong that have questioned their strength all year.
The Sugar Bowl
The No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide will challenge No. 4 Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. When the regular season ended, the nation debated over who would take the fourth spot behind Alabama, Oregon and Florida State. Would it be TCU and their thundering offense, or maybe Baylor, who impressively defeated three ranked foes. But it was Ohio State’s crushing defeat of No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship that ultimately earned them that coveted fourth spot. Now they’ll take on Alabama in a stirring Big Ten-SEC meeting. Both teams have been long reigning football powerhouses, and both ended the season playing some of their best football. Plus, adding another level of intrigue, Coaches Saban and Meyer have a long rivalry history from Meyer’s years at Florida. Can Ohio State pull off an upset with their third string quarterback? We shall see on the first day of 2015.