The College Football Playoff is about three months away from getting decided, though it’s never too early to start talking about potential matchups.
What College Football Playoff matchups do you most want to see?
ESPN has decided to rank its most-appealing matchups.
The College Football Playoff matchups ESPN most wants to see are quarterback transfer driven. That’s understandable, considering how many notable QB stories we have in college football this season.
ESPN’s No. 1 College Football Playoff is pitting Alabama against Oklahoma and, specifically, former Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts.
1. Oklahoma vs. Alabama
The main event: Jalen Hurts vs. Tua Tagovailoa
Why we want it: Tagovailoa beat Hurts once already, when he won the starting job at Alabama. Hurts was 26-2 with two championship game appearances in his two seasons as the Tide’s starter. Then the Tua Takeover began. After a year as a backup, Hurts headed to Oklahoma, where he could potentially become the Sooners’ next Heisman-winning QB.
An Alabama-Oklahoma College Football Playoff semifinal would be awesome, as we’d get to see the Crimson Tide facing their former quarterback in Jalen Hurts.
It’s pretty possible, too, with Alabama and Oklahoma both ranked inside the top five right now.
ESPN’s No. 2 College Football Playoff matchup is another QB transfer one.
2. Ohio State vs. Georgia
The main event: Justin Fields vs. Jacob Fromm
Why we want it: Fields signed with the Bulldogs as the No. 1 recruit in the 2018 ESPN 300, but with Fromm entrenched as Georgia’s starter, and allegations that a former Georgia baseball player shouted racist remarks at him during a football game, Fields moved on. He was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA and is showing why he was such a highly touted prospect. Fromm, who is Mel Kiper Jr.’s No. 25 2020 draft prospect, awaits his first big test (Week 4 against Notre Dame).
A Justin Fields-Jake Fromm matchup is a little less intense than a Tua Tagovailoa-Jalen Hurts one, though it’d still be pretty entertaining. Fields was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school. He committed to Georgia, only to transfer out after one season.
The Bulldogs and the Buckeyes are both in play for College Football Playoff berths, too, though Georgia’s road is likely tougher than Ohio State’s, thanks to Alabama.
You can view ESPN’s full rankings here.