Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger may not be on the national airwaves anymore, but he remains very involved in the sports world. Based in Las Vegas, he helps create content for VSiN, the Vegas Stats & Information Network, and does broadcast work for the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders.
Today, Musburger put out his College Football Playoff foursome. He didn't go with a super conventional group, either.
Alabama and Clemson remain involved. They're by far the heaviest favorites to make the field, and for good reason.
His final two selections are a bit more interesting. Musburger has Michigan, the Big Ten favorite, making the field for the first time, and Washington for the second time, getting the Pac-12 back in the mix for the first time in a few years.
From VSiN, via the New York Post:
Who will join the Big Two is a bigger puzzle. Leading candidates include Ohio State and Michigan of the Big Ten, Oklahoma and Texas of the Big 12, Oregon and Washington of the Pac-12, Georgia and Florida of the SEC and independent Notre Dame.
I’m predicting Michigan and Washington will join Clemson and Alabama.
Admittedly, Michigan is a risky choice. Part of my reasoning focuses on the committee, which has snubbed the Big Ten conference the past two years. That’s bad business. The Big Ten produces huge TV ratings, and that means more money for the colleges in the next contract. Barring a performance meltdown, I cannot see the conference being snubbed a third straight season.
Brent Musburger admits that Ohio State is the "easier" Big Ten pick given their talent and pedigree, but says that he favors Michigan thanks to experience, home field advantage this November, and questions about the Buckeyes' new head coach Ryan Day and quarterback Justin Fields.
Similarly, he gives Washington an edge over Oregon thanks to that game taking place in Seattle, and a more manageable schedule in the non-conference.
As for his national championship, he likes things flipping back from orange to crimson:
So who wins the championship? Roll Tide! Alabama avenges last year’s debacle. Nick Saban wins his sixth national championship, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also hoists the Heisman. As usual, it’s a good time to be in Tuscaloosa.
That might not be the biggest ledge to go out on, but at least he keeps the tradition of a new team making the field every year, and gets the Pac-12 back involved to keep things interesting.