Bowl season almost is here, and ESPN dropped a bunch of predictions to keep you busy until kickoff of those games.
On Sunday, the College Football Playoff pairings and bowl matchups became official. There will be a distinct SEC flavor in the College Football Playoff, with Georgia taking on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 and Alabama facing Clemson in the Sugar Bowl later same day.
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg picked winners for the 41 contests to come, including the national championship game. You can see the full story here, but we’ve highlighted how he envisions the College Football Playoff games involving SEC teams shaking out. (For what it’s worth, he picked Clemson to beat Oklahoma for the national title.)
Rittenberg’s take: The Georgia defensive front seven facing Oklahoma’s offensive line will be a treat to watch, and UGA QB Jake Fromm should have some opportunities against the Sooners defense. But it’s hard to go against Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield on this stage.
Prediction: Oklahoma 31, Georgia 29
Rittenberg’s take: The trilogy is completed with another instant classic, this time more of the defensive variety. Clemson’s defensive line, anchored by Dexter Lawrence, will do enough to contain Alabama’s run game, and the Tigers will get a late rushing score from running back Travis Etienne.
Prediction: Clemson 27, Alabama 24