Sunday, September 30, 2018

College Football Playoff Projections for Week 5 see Alabama, and Ohio St. as most likely in the playoff.

When it comes to the 2018 College Football Playoff, there are two constants: Alabama and Ohio State. While the five bowl prognosticators SWRT chose to monitor all have these two teams playing for the CFP Championship in either the 2018 Orange Bowl, or the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic, none of them have the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes facing each other on that date.

As to Alabama and Ohio State's opponents, it's a mixed back of the tried-and-true Clemson, Oklahoma, and (in one case) Georgia, along with a couple of projections of Notre Dame thrown in just to be trendy.

2018 Orange Bowl (Dec. 29, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fl.)

Jason Kirk, SB* Nation: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Brad Crawford, 247Sports: Alabama vs. Clemson

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN: Ohio St. vs. Clemson

Mitch Sherman, ESPN: Ohio St. vs. Clemson

Ohio State facing Clemson seems to be the most popular projection for the Orange Bowl. Clemson is picked by four out of the five prognosticators to play in Miami Gardens, with Ohio St. selected by three, and Alabama selected by two.

2018 Cotton Bowl Classic (Dec. 29, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Tx.)

Kirk: Ohio St. vs. Clemson

Palm: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Crawford: Ohio St. vs. Georgia

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Sherman: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Alabama is the most predominant projection for the Cotton Bowl, with Oklahoma and Ohio St. getting two nods. Crawford seems to be cooler on Oklahoma than he is for Georgia in giving his reasons for picking the Bulldogs over the Sooners, citing that the Sooners are going to have to go undefeated to make it to the CFP.

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