Playoff bound: Top teams take center stage today

11/07/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak



The first weekend after the college football playoff rankings features all 4 teams in action. Two of them will face off, while another will face a Top 20 opponent as well. Let's preview what the first four of the 2015 college football playoff race have in store this weekend.
#3 Ohio State vs Minnesota Saturday at 8pm
Cardale Jones returns under center and will try to lead the Buckeyes to a 9 and 0 record against 4 and 4 Minnesota. J.T. Barrett, who had taken over at quarterback, is suspended for this game. So Jones returns as the starter, with former QB turned WR Braxton Miller as the backup. Besides who's at quarterback and trying to slow down Miller wherever he plays at, the Golden Gophers will also have to deal with RB Ezekiel Elliott, who will be looking for his 14th straight 100 yard game. This will be Tracey Claeys second game as Minnesota head coach. Claeys took over under the headset when Jerry Kill retired two weeks ago. Ohio State has dominated the series versus Minnesota, winning the past 9 meetings.

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#1 Clemson vs #16 Florida State Saturday at 3:30pm
The first top team in this year's CFP has a tough task on their hands in their first week at the top of the rankings. The 8 and 0 Tigers were a surprise selection as the top team in the land to some, but they can secure a spot in the ACC Championship with a win over the 7 and 1 Seminoles. Florida State is hoping QB Everett Golson and RB Dalvin Cook will be available, as both sat out last week's win over Syracuse due to injury. Deshaun Watson leads the Tigers in off of a 383 yard, 5 passing touchdowns performance against North Carolina State last week. Clemson has won 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. The last time these teams played at Clemson, the Seminoles blew the Tigers out by the score of 51 to 14 in 2013.
#2 LSU at #4 Alabama Saturday at 8pm
Two of the top running backs in college football will square off in this SEC clash pitting the 7 and 0 Tigers against the 7 and 1 Crimson Tide. LSU's Leonard Fournette comes in having rushed with 1,352 yards and 15 TD's, while Alabama's Derrick Henry has 1,044 yards on the ground and 14 scores. For the 7th time in the past 10 years, these teams come into their annual clash with both teams ranked in the Top 10. Both teams also come into this game off of a bye week. 4 of the last 10 games between them have gone to overtime as well. Alabama has won the past four meetings, including last year's 20 to 13 win that went to, you guessed it, overtime.

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