Clemson is coming off a highly-emotional win over conference rivals, Florida State Seminoles, in Week 10. The win allowed the Tigers to clinch ACC Atlantic, thus allowing them to compete for the conference title later on in the season.
What’s new? The Alabama Crimson Tide are back contending for a top spot in the College Football Playoff. Just last season, the Tide were ranked as the nation’s best team entering their playoff semifinals. Alabama is ranked second this time around, but have a Heisman Trophy contender powering heir backfield in Derrick Henry. The junior running back is off to a stellar season with career-highs of 1,254 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. The Tide will come a long way with Henry powering the team.
Coming in third in the rankings are the defending champions, the Ohio State Buckeyes. The inaugural College Football Playoff champions are entering Week 11 on the strength of an unbeaten 9-0 slate. The Buckeyes seem to have everything they could ask for. They have a solid quarterback J.T. Barrett who passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns, adding 101 yards rushing and two scores in his first start of the season. The Buckeyes also have a Heisman Trophy-contending running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has rumbled for 14 rushing scores this season. It’s not all offense for the Buckeyes. They have a solid defensive lineman in Joey Bosa, who is projected to be a first round pick in the next NFL Draft.
Rounding up the top four are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has one of the most storied programs in the United States with eleven football championships acknowledged by the NCAA and seven Heisman Trophy winners boosting their resumes. The Irish survived the loss of starting quarterback Malik Zaire in just the second week of the college football season. Zaire’s replacement in DeShone Kizer has been more than competent as the team’s starting signal-caller. Kizer has passed for 1,931 yards and 16 touchdowns through eight games this season. He had a whopping five passing touchdowns in his last outing against Pittsburgh.
There you have it. Everything you need to know about the big College Football Playoff to come. These four teams have earned their rights to be called among the best in the nation. It’s going to be very interesting to see if they can hold off any and all challengers gunning for their playoff berths.
There are no dull games at this point of the college football season, so get your selves and your friends involved. Attend viewing parties, or host them right in the comfort of your homes. It’s also going to be so much fun to head over to all the big stadiums and join in all the rabid fans cheering for your respective team. If not, you can always enjoy a good ole barbeque while tailgating with your friends outside the stadium.
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