The FBS is in full swing heading into week two but who will win the national championship in 2014? That is a common question among many college football fans this time of year. The door is open but realism says there is a fairly small number of teams with the skills and pedigree to win it all.
In order to predict who will win the national title, you must first predict who would stand atop many of the major conferences in the FBS. Earlier this year the staff predicted who would win the SEC, the Big 12, the Big Ten, the ACC, and the Pac-12. The Sports Unbiased lead college football writer, Zach Bigalke, also ranked and previewed the major conferences heading into this season. With that data compiled, the writers went after the national championship.
The following writers weighed in- Jared Cortes, JR Williams, Adam Solowiei and, Zach Bigalke. Each member of the staff that participated did so without contact from others. The results were tallied and the consensus was determined.
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Title Game Analysis
Zach Bigalke: National Champion: Oregon over Florida State
In one semifinal in Pasadena, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and the Ducks will knock off the Spartans in a Pac-12/Big Ten Rose Bowl to claim a trip to Jerry World for the inaugural CFP national championship game. In the other semifinal in New Orleans, the Seminoles and Tigers will play a rematch of the final BCS championship in the Sugar Bowl. Once again Jameis Winston will get the better of Auburn just enough to propel Florida State to a chance at a successful repeat. But in his first year replacing Nick Aliotti, new Oregon defensive coordinator will have his defense ready for the Seminoles, turning the championship into a defensive affair uncharacteristic for the Pac-12 champions. Mariota will lead a late drive, and Mark Helfrich will have done in his second season what Chip Kelly could not pull off during his time as the leader of the Ducks — bring a national championship to Eugene.
Adam Solowiei: National Champion: Florida State over Oregon
I expect big things for the first year of the revamped college football playoff system. Is it perfect? Of course not but we asked for change and got something that should be superior to the BCS. Tweaks will still be needed but this should be better. It is also affording us a unique opportunity that will never happen again. What is so unique? The last BCS national champion, Florida State, will become the first national champion in the new playoff system.
While navigating a full season in college football is no joke, I can see a logical “final four” in Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Baylor. Florida State and Oregon should meet, baring a small shock, in the title game with the Seminoles once again reigning supreme. The defensive system being employed in Oregon will serve them well throughout conference play but will hiccup just a bit when the Jameis Winston buzz saw gets in the way. Yes it is true that he lost some of his talent but if he matches last year, with the FSU defense, the rest of the FBS better watch out.