Next Year’s Playoff: Ducks, Bucks, And The SEC

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Let me give you a fair warning here, I am from New Orleans, Louisiana; I live outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Outside of Oregon, the LSU Tigers are my favorite college team. I give you that qualifying statement so you’ll understand when I say that I believe the SEC is the strongest conference, top down, in college football. Part of the reason I started watching Oregon in the first place was out of respect for a team who wasn’t in the SEC who could consistently hang with the big boys. Despite how much everyone is ready to bury the SEC because they haven’t won the last two Championships, and weren’t even in this one, I’m hear to tell you to not sleep on the SEC.

The Man Who Keeps Alabama Relevant

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The Man Who Keeps Alabama Relevant

Right now, if I were picking my four teams for the playoff next year, I’d be picking our beloved Oregon Ducks (naturally), Ohio State (again obviously), and then the other two teams would be the Crimson Tide of Alabama and the LSU Fighting Tigers. I say these four teams because, Oregon will be in the top four; they are just too talented and well coached to not succeed. Ohio State has three brilliant QBs on the roster as well as a stout defense and a killer running game led by Ezekiel Elliott. Alabama is Alabama, while I could justify this one with stats, it’s Nick Saban‘s team and a Nick Saban team can not, miss the playoff. As for LSU, they are a lot like Oregon in that they are a very young and talented team; I think with an extra year of experience they will be able to solidify a playoff spot, especially with Jameis Winston leaving FSU probably dropping the Noles back down to being just another average team.

LSU Could Be Back In The Conversation This Year

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LSU Could Be Back In The Conversation This Year

As for a very early seeding prediction, I see Ohio State as the number 1 seed with Alabama probably being given the second seed over our Ducks because of the SEC bias. For much the same reason I see LSU being given the number 4 seed over any other close, non SEC teams. At the same time the Auburn Tigers cannot be counted out because of the coaching of Gus Malzahn more than anything. And yes, while teams like TCU or Baylor could be in the mix, the fact remains the, more often then not, a SEC team with the same record as a TCU or Baylor will get the nod over them.

As both a Oregon and LSU fan I am really looking forward to next year, as I think it will be a great year for both teams, with another Oregon player , Royce Freeman or (possibly) Vernon Adams Jr., potentially being in the running for the Heisman.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.

  • Jon Sousa

    Unless every other team has two or more losses, I don’t see the committee putting in two teams from the same conference, let alone the same division. LSU would have to have only a close loss to Alabama in an otherwise dominate season against everyone else to get in.

    The fact that this year the ACC played very well against the SEC will temper voter’s enthusiasm for the SEC early next year, especially if there are no quality wins against Power 5 conferences to boost their stock.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Only way a BIG 12 Team gets in is if they join every other D 1 school and play a conference Championship or 1 of their teams goes undefeated!

  • VA Duck

    The day the SEC plays 9 league games, has bad weather games every year and travels more than 600 miles to play opponents…then they’ll have the same schedules as every other power conference. Until then, playing mighty Middle Tennessee every Nov. is simply cream puff competition. The playoffs will prove to be the undoing of adulation for the SEC.