2020-21 CFB New Years Six & Playoff Predictions

Unfortunately there have been multiple reports throughout the past couple days all pointing to the cancelation of this season. As of now nothing seems to be official so we’re just gonna keep on keeping on and pray every conference can figure out a way to play this year. If certain conferences cancel their season while some go on to play I do think a few teams will join new conferences this year but only time will tell how that all works out. Another thing that would be affected is conference bowl tie-ins, the rose bowl is a playoff game this year so that isn’t going to be affected but it would be crazy to see a normal Rose Bowl with a team from the PAC-12 and not the B1G TEN along with all other bowls with tie-ins. There is no predicting how this year will go but all we can do now is pray and prepare for a season. With that being said let’s get into how I think this years New Year’s Six bowl games and Playoff looks at the end of the year.

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, TX

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Oregon Ducks

I’m not sure which Bowl game will be replaced for the Rose Bowl for the B1G TEN and the PAC-12 to play each other but last time the Rose Bowl was a playoff game the game was moved to the Cotton Bowl so I think they do the same this time around.

 

Playstation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ

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Wisconsin Badgers vs LSU Tigers

The Badgers take on the defending Nation Champions after the Tigers have a pretty good season but no where near to what they did last year. The Badgers get an at-large bid by having a great record against a weak schedule.

 

Capitol One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, FL

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Georgia Bulldogs

These two squads faced off last year during the regular season and I believe they face off again at the end of this year with both teams finishing just short in their respective conferences. 

 

Chick Fil A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati finishes with the best ranking from the group of 5 schools if they are even allowed to play this season and will meet the second place team from the SEC who misses the playoffs for a second straight year.

 

Now this is where things get interesting, If all things go according to plan I pray we get to see a playoff this year or at least a throwback BCS game if the CFB playoff is too much of a health risk. I’m assuming we get to see a 4 team playoff this year and this is how I believe it’ll look like.

 

First two out

 

#6 Penn State Nittany Lions

#5 Alabama Crimson Tide

 

Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena, CA

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#2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #3 Florida Gators

I think both these teams come into this game as champions of their respective conferences. The Buckeyes make their way back into the playoff this year no longer having to face the white out in Happy Valley or Micah Parsons. The Gators win the SEC for the first time since 2008 and come into the playoff for the first time in program history.

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, LA

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#1 Clemson Tigers vs #4 Oklahoma Sooners

Both of these teams have had many years of experience in the playoff even facing off against each other back in the 2015 Orange Bowl. The Sooners do what they do best this season wowing the entire nation with their big offensive numbers. And in Classic Oklahoma fashion sneak into the playoff where they really don’t deserve to be and get blown out. As for Clemson, they’re simply on a revenge tour from last year and look to run it up on anyone and anything in their way breezing through the regular season and earning the #1 spot in the playoff.

 

2020 National Championship, Miami Gardens, FL

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#1 Clemson Tigers vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

I think this year is a rematch of one of the best games if not the best game last season, the Fiesta Bowl. If these two teams face off in the National Championship it may go down as the best game ever. With two top ranked quarterbacks on both sides of the ball in Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields squaring off against what I assume to be 2 of the best defenses in the nation. Well much like the Fiesta Bowl last year I expect the same outcome with a big win for the Clemson Tigers and Trevor Lawrence tops off his historic college career with a second National Championship and heads to the NFL draft as the presumable #1 pick.

 

By Andrew Kalb

 

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