We’re 12 days away from the College Football Playoff semifinal games taking place. Oregon will take on Florida State in the Rose Bowl in the afternoon, then Alabama and Ohio State will square off at night. Both games should be fantastic, but according to a poll conducted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, college football coaches widely think that the championship game will be between the Crimson Tide and the Ducks.
During his #1QFor128 series, in which he polls coaches on various topics, McMurphy asked about the Playoff, including which two squads will face off for the title. An overwhelming number of coaches ended up picking the top two teams in America.
In the semifinal matchups, Alabama was chosen over Ohio State by a 90-10 percent margin in the Sugar Bowl, while Oregon was selected over Florida State by 73-27 percent margin.
Most coaches then believe that ‘Bama will go on to win the whole thing, as 60 percent of them picked the Crimson Tide to win the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Alabama was picked by 60 percent of the coaches to win the playoff, followed by No. 2 Oregon (28 percent). No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State each received 6 percent of the votes to win the national title.
We’ll see if these coaches’ predictions come true when the semifinals begin on Jan. 1, 2015. The Rose Bowl will kick off at 5:00 P.M. EST, while the Sugar Bowl is scheduled to start at 8:30 P.M. EST.