Bowl Games Set the Pace for the New Year

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Washington Quarterback Jake Browning throws a pass to wide receiver Deontae Cooper against Oregon. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

Washington Quarterback Jake Browning throws a pass to wide receiver Deontae Cooper against Oregon. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

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Washington Quarterback Jake Browning throws a pass to wide receiver Deontae Cooper against Oregon. Photo courtesy of MCT Direct.

Evan Ellis, Sports Editor

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The College Football bowl games don’t begin until December 17, but it is never too early to talk about some of the most intense football of the year.The best four teams in college football will be entered into the College Football Playoffs and will compete in the Peach and Fiesta bowl on New Year’s Eve. The winners of those games will play on January 9 in the national championship game.

   Last years college football playoffs came down to the Alabama Crimson Tide playing the Michigan State Spartans in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Alabama showed their dominance beating the Spartans 38-0. The same went for the Sooners against the Tigers. The Oklahoma Sooners battled it out against the Clemson Tigers in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield looked unfit while Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson solidified his college dominance defeating the Sooners 37-17. Then came the National Championship.

   Alabama and Clemson battled it out through four quarters in Dallas for the most prized possession in all of college football. Alabama quarterback Jake Coker proved that the Crimson Tide has an offense to  match  that spectacular defense. Alabama snuck the National Championship just out of Deshaun Watson’s Tigers grasp winning 45-40.

  Some teams that could prove real contenders and could fight for one of those four spots in the College Football Playoff and have a shot at the National Championship could go from an almost for-sure shot like Alabama or a team that has came out of nowhere like Washington.

   Alabama has been a shoo-in for the National Championship in recent memory and continues to perform year after year. Teams like Michigan or Washington have fought their way through tough competition the whole year with no sign of losing momentum. Michigan has been impressive on both sides of the ball. Jabrill Peppers has been playing on both of those sides. Peppers has been lined up at linebacker for one play and then will be a wide receiver on the opposite end. He is the most versatile player in college football hands down. Peppers is currently in the Heisman running and could win this year if it wasn’t for the amount of talent on the ballot.

   Speaking of talent, Washington quarterback Jake Browning has been an absolute stud for the Huskies. Browning has thrown for 1800 yards, and 28 touchdowns while only throwing an interception three times, But that was the last time Michigan and Washington were unbeaten.

   In week 11, both Washington and Michigan fell to their opponents giving them their first losses of the season. Michigan played the Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan looked lost. Michigan played   poorly compared to their impressive resume throughout the year. Michigan lost to a last second field goal that gave Iowa the win 14-13. Speaking of playing poorly, the Huskies did exactly that against USC. Washington’s all star Jake Browning threw only one touchdown with two interceptions. That led to the Trojans winning 26-13.

   The start of the new year is a great time to see friends, begin those New Year’s resolutions, and watch some of the best teams in College Football battle it out for a chance at the big stage that is the National Championship. Whether the reigning National Champion Alabama prove their worth, or an unknown give them a run for their money, this will be a great way to start the New Year.

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Bowl Games Set the Pace for the New Year