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Ayden Johnson, Section Editor

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This year in the third annual NCAA playoffs, four teams will play in tournament. The bowls this year are the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Playstation Bowl. The winner of each games will face off in the National Championship. According to ESPN, these are the teams that could have a playoff berth. The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide are 12-0. They have made through the regular season untouched. They are one of two undefeated teams; the other is #14 Western Michigan Broncos. Alabama previously beat Auburn 30-12 last week. They will playing in the playoffs assuming they can defeat #20 Florida Gators. Alabama has played in two of the College Football Playoffs.

The #2 Ohio State Buckeyes are thriving with a 11-1 record. The one team they lost to was #7 Penn State. On Saturday, they played #6 Michigan, it felt like any move could have been there last. The game went into double overtime but Ohio State inched out on top winning 30-27. The Big Ten conference does not have a championship game. So the Ohio State Buckeyes will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

The #3 Clemson Tigers made things look easy with Deshawn Wat (the quarterback) looked impressive throwing for six touchdowns and 347 yards against South Carolina Gamecocks, the final score was 56-7. The Tigers now head to the ACC championship game against a strong Virginia Tech team with one of those four playoff spots on the line.

The Pac-12’s very own Washington Huskies (11-1) are ranked #4. After defeating their rival in the Apple Cup (Washington State) 45-17. They will be packing up their suitcases to go to Santa Clara, California to play #9 Colorado Buffaloes for the conference title. Supposing they win, they will have a spot in the playoffs.

#5 Michigan Wolverines were 9-0 until November 12, when the lost to underdog, predicted to lose #24 Iowa Hawkeyes 14-13. Iowa kicked a game-winning field goal for the lead and the win. Then Michigan bounced back with an 20-10 victory over Indiana. Now their biggest game of the year, Ohio State and Michigan When tied after four quarters 17-17. They both scored touchdowns in the first overtime, but in the second, Michigan was not as lucky with 4 plays and 6 yards. Ohio State, on the other hand, rallied 25 yards to score a touchdown for the win. They now remain at 10-2.

#6 Wisconsin Badgers played Minnesota, but after trailing 17-7 the Badgers rallied back to win 17-31. The Badgers quarterback (Alex Hornibrook ) hit the turf, he had to leave the game early because of it. The Badgers could potentially could have a playoff berth, but this is very unlikely to this point.

Are they overrated or underrated? #7 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2) soundly defeated the Michigan State Spartans 45-12. Their two losses this year have been to unrated Pittsburgh and to #5 Michigan within the first four games of the season. The Pittsburgh game was an exciting, but when it came down to the end, Pittsburgh came out on top. Now this is embarrassing: #5 Michigan barely let them score ten courtesy points. They allowed seven touchdowns and over 500 yards and only put up one in return (with a field goal).

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