College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. Alabama and Clemson will close out the 2016 season on Jan. 9, and both teams should begin 2017 near the top of the rankings.
The 2016 college football season was one of the more exciting seasons the sport has had recently. With that being the case, it should come to the surprise of no one that the subsequent bowl season has been just as entertaining.
Alabama needs two wins in order to claim back-to-back national titles, and coach Nick Saban’s team is a heavy favorite to take the first step of that journey in Saturday’s game in the Peach Bowl against Washington. While the Crimson Tide are nearly a two-touchdown favorite, the Huskies aren’t going to go away quietly.
The race for the national title is down to four as the College Football Playoff semifinal games are set. As fun as Alabama against Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Clemson vs. Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl are, the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys are even juicier than the ones on the front this postseason.
Defending national champion Alabama has rolled over one opponent after another in defense of its first College Football Playoff title. What can possibly stop the Crimson Tide from claiming their second?
The third edition of the College Football Playoff officially begins on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga., as Alabama takes on Washington in the Peach Bowl. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champs and have earned a trip to the CFB Playoff for the third consecutive year, while the Huskies are making their first appearance in the four-team playoff.
College football’s 2016-17 bowl slate has reached its halfway point. With the games from Dec. 27 completed, 20 games are in the books and 20 bowl contests remain, with the national championship also to come on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. While just 21 games are left in the college football season, there are several high-profile matchups on the upcoming slate.