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FTRS Picks: Championship

One last game to decide everything

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Pick results are in from the previous bowl picks. See the results here. currently donkeygoatrunner is in the top spot with 23 correct picks and we have a 3 way tie for second with monorail_yellowjacket, pain, and mrbuzz1885 all having 22 correct picks. There is one more game to go so we will either have an outright winner or a tie for first between some of those listed above. Let’s see which of our pickers end the bowl season on top.

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It’s finally that time. One last game to decide who stands alone as the college football champion. Say what you will about the FSU decision, but the playoffs have certainly provided some great games so far. Michigan provided all non-SEC fans a favor by knocking off Bama in Overtime of the Rose Bowl. Michigan attempted to throw the game multiple times through special teams gaffes and questionable play calling, but they still managed to find a way to overcome Alabama. Alabama did look like they deserved to be in the game. In fact Bama probably could have won the game if they didn’t keep shooting themselves in the foot with poorly timed penalties. Also, I’m not sure what was going on with Bama’s center, but some of the snaps he was unable to accurately deliver were very costly. This was a tough defensive game, but it was a close one.

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Washington was a dominant force in the 2nd half against Texas. After the first half ended in a tie, Washington’s offense went off and the defense seemed to be doing everything it needed to keep Texas in check. Then the 4th quarter rolled around and Washington did almost everything they could to sabotage their chances.

In a move that seemed reminiscent of a certain Miami game, Washington allowed Texas to keep some of their timeouts by throwing an incompletion on a critical 3rd down which ended the drive in a field goal. This still left Washington up by 9 points, but Texas took the opportunity given to quickly drive down the field to score a field goal. Washington did get the ball back but was unable to get a first down against the Texas defense. Texas then drove down the field against a lack luster Washington defense and managed to get to first and goal. Thankfully for Huskies fans their defense stepped up and was able to keep Texas from scoring on the next 4 plays. This game was more wild than it needed to be, but it was certainly fun to watch.

And now here we are. One last game to decide the whole shebang. Washington has the chance to send the PAC-12 out in style. Michigan has a lot riding on this game, especially given the rumors of Harbaugh leaving for the NFL and potential penalties from the sign stealing investigations coming down the pipe. This is setting up to be a great game so lets get to picking.

pick:

CFP National Championship at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX:
#1 Michigan Wolverines (-4.5) v #2 Washington Huskies

Logan: Looking at how the semi-final went I’m not sure how Penix didn’t win the Heisman. Penix made the Texas defense look like Swiss cheese for the majority of the game. Penix will have his work cut out for him as the Michigan defense is monstrous, and I don’t think we can trust Washington’s defense to stop Michigan. To make matters worse Dillon Johnson appeared to suffer an injury late in the game against the Longhorns so there will be a question surrounding the Huskies star running back. Assuming Michigan can avoid penalties and turnovers I think this game will be decided in the battle between the Husky offense and the Michigan defense. I certainly don’t blame Vegas for favoring the Wolverines, but the Huskies have found a way to overcome every challenge up to now, I will choose to stick with them and believe that Washington will once again find a way to win this game. I’ll ride with Washington into this championship.

Logan’s pick: Washington