It was one of the crazier regular seasons in recent memory in college football, but now that it’s all over, we can start talking about the playoffs and who might come out on top. The conversation we are about to have is a whole lot different than the one we expected heading into Conference Championship Weekend, with 2 teams in the top 4 losing in their games. The loss cost USC a playoff spot, while opening the door for Ohio State to sneak in. It all makes for an intriguing National Championship semi-final, with both games set to be played on December 31. Let’s take a quick peek at both Peach Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl games, the College Football Bowl Odds, and maybe a prediction or two.
College Football National Championship Semi-finals Matches Analysis and Betting Opportunities
Georgia Bulldogs Vs Ohio State Buckeyes
It wasn’t so very long ago that many of us thought that this might well be the matchup we see in the National Championship Game. That all came to an end on the final day of the regular season, with the Buckeyes getting blown out by Michigan. The final 4 looked to be pretty much set in stone at that point, but with USC losing to Utah in the PAC-12 Conference Championship Game, the door opened back up for the 1-loss Buckeyes. No such issues for Georgia who steamrolled their way to the playoffs, going unbeaten in the regular season for the 2nd straight year before trouncing LSU in the SEC Championship Game.
As it stands now, Georgia is a 6 ½ point favorite over Ohio State, with the point total set at 61 ½. This is going to be quite the battle, with CJ Stroud and the Buckeyes offense looking to break down the best defense in the nation. The point total for this one looks to be a little bit on the high side, as does the spread, as I think we are looking at a close one here. If you were asking me to place a wager right now, I would probably go with the UNDER.
Michigan Wolverines Vs TCU Horned Frogs
It was very much a waiting game for the Horned Frogs after losing in OT to the Utah Utes in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game. That defeat broke their unbeaten season but given that it was an OT loss, and they were basically a half yard away from the win, the Playoff Committee made the right decision to keep them in the top 4. On the flipside, Michigan looked great all season long on their way to a 2nd straight playoff appearance. The deciding factor here was a blowout won over their biggest rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, on the final week of the regular season. You know that there are going to be a lot of fans hoping for a rematch in the National Championship Game.
The Michigan Wolverines are, to the surprise of no one, in as a 7 ½ point favorite over TCU in the semi-final, with the point total set at 59. I think we could well see this one turn into a bit of a shootout, which is why I am leaning toward the OVER here. While I think TCU can hang for a bit, I would not be surprised to see Michigan pull away late and cover the spread.