(according to ESPN)
The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship is an upcoming bowl game that will determine the national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2017 season. Atlanta will host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2018. The game will be played between the winners of two semi-final bowl games which will be played on January 1, 2018; the Rose Bowl Game, and the Sugar Bowl. The participants in these two games will be determined following the conclusion of the 2017 regular season.
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 seeds in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl.
This is the biggest reason to pick Alabama any year. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Alabama has signed the top-rated class nationally a remarkable seven years in a row. Nobody amasses talent on a yearly basis like the Crimson Tide.
Harris, Scarbrough and Jacobs are all back … and they're joined by five-star early enrollee Najee Harris. A healthy Scarbrough will be the star of this backfield, but Alabama's depth ensures that Scarbrough doesn't need to do everything
He had one of the greatest true freshman seasons for any quarterback ever, and it's reasonable to believe that he'll expand his passing a bit as a sophomore under new coordinator Brian Daboll. Now, he's Alabama's first returning starter at quarterback since 2013.
In the past nine seasons, Alabama has had the No. 1 defense in Sports-Reference's Simple Rating System six times. The others were ranked second, fifth and seventh.No matter how you measure it, Alabama has a fantastic defense every year, always among the nation's best.
Saban has coached nine straight top-10 Alabama teams. He has won four national championships at Alabama, and another at LSU.he's as adaptable as anybody, embracing changes on both sides of the ball to regularly make the panic that happens after every Bama loss look foolish.
A big reason Ohio State will win it all next year is the talent they have on their defense. Specifically, the Buckeyes' defensive line. Greg Schiano called the current Ohio State defensive line the "most talented" he's coached, Cowherd said on "The Herd." "This is actually one of the reasons I chose Ohio State to win the national championship this year."
Coming off a bowl loss, Meyer is dangerous. The last two times he lost in a bowl, he followed up by winning a title. Meyer is as angry and motivated as any season in his career. This should scare people.
He's a fifth year senior and has 26-4 record in his career. He also returns 4 of his 5 offensive lineman from last year, and should thrive under new offensive coordinator
They get Penn State at home, and face a Michigan squad that should be worse than the team they beat last year. The Wolverines face extremely physical Wisconsin the week before "The Game." It's the perfect scheduling storm.
If there was a reason Clemson won seven games by less than eight points last year, it was for a good reason: The Tigers played some very strong defenses. And when it comes to the 2017 schedule, it's not without its share of difficulties. if they can get production out of the quarterback position, a return trip to the playoffs is not out of the question
Junior Kelly Bryant will lead Clemson's offense to start the season. A dual-threat quarterback, Kelly Bryant has appeared in 12 games for the Tigers. Bryant's most memorable performance came during his freshman season in a blowlut against Miami, when he scored two rushing touchdowns.
He is the first coach to beat his alma mater in a postseason game to win the National Championship. He is 89-28 as Clemson head coach. That is a .761 winning percentage!
Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables continue to reload at this critical position. The Tigers have one of the best defensive lines in the country and in school history.
When the final four teams were to be announced, many around State College believed their beloved Nittany Lions would get into the College Football Playoff. However, they were left out.As they look for revenge, the Nittany Lions are fueled by last year’s decision to leave them out of the top four.
Beaver Stadium is the second-biggest stadium that college football has to offer. In addition, it is the third-largest stadium in the world. Consequently, the noise inside the stadium on Saturdays is absolutely deafening.
Despite losing Malik Golden to graduation, Penn State ultimately brings back the nucleus of its secondary.The Penn State secondary is among the most physical non-SEC groups in the nation.
The Penn State roster is entirely comprised of Franklin’s recruits heading into 2017. He has a stout defense and two Heisman candidates on his offense, from this point forward, it’s purely coaching. The talent is all there.
Penn State has a player on the Heisman watch list. As a sophomore, Barkley helped lead the Nittany Lions to an 11-3 season. He emerged as one of the most explosive running backs in the nation. Barkley tallied nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns.