ESPN Reveals Its College Football Playoff Picks After Week 12

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Ultimately, there wasn’t too much drama with the top teams in the country yesterday. As a result, the College Football Playoff picture remains largely the same.Alabama recovered from a sleepy first 10-10 first half against The Citadel to win 50-17.Clemson knocked off Duke 35-6, while Notre Dame, which had the hardest match-up on paper, blasted No. 12 Syracuse 36-3 at Yankee Stadium.Michigan was the only top four team in real danger yesterday, with Indiana closing the gap to eight points mid-way through the fourth quarter. The Wolverines wound up winning 31-20. ESPN analysts released their new College Football Playoff predictions, and… you probably know what they look like.Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low, and Adam Rittenberg each have the same playoff foursome, in the same order.It is the same as the group that has been in place for a while now.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganThings have been a bit stagnant here, but this weekend should bring some drama.Alabama will be a big favorite over Auburn, but the Tigers do play up to great Alabama teams on occasion, and have a very good defense.Clemson and Notre Dame have rivalry games against South Carolina and USC, respectively. The Gamecocks are a bowl team but will likely be overmatched, while the Trojans may be playing for Clay Helton’s job.The headline battle is Michigan at Ohio State. The Buckeyes struggled with Maryland yesterday, but the game is in Columbus, and to say that they have had Michigan’s number is an understatement.[ESPN]last_img read more