The time has come! It seems like just yesterday the BCS system was nixed and I was explaining the new College Football Playoff format to you. But alas, here we are at the end of the 2014 college football season and the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship is about to take place in six days!
And who are your 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship contenders? None other than Oregon and Ohio State!
If you watched the College Football Playoff semifinals held on New Year's Day, I think it's safe to say your jaw was on the floor. Not because these two teams aren't title-worthy contenders, but rather, the way things went down at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl was simply shocking.
Oregon capitalized on a FSU who could not hold onto the ball (there were five turnovers in a half, folks), coming out on top, 59-20! Let me say that again... 59 to 20!! In a span of 12:54 on the clock, the Ducks took the score from 25-20, to 59-20. This score makes Oregon's victory over the Seminoles the third largest margin of victory in Rose Bowl history and this was FSU's largest loss since 1983.
Now, the Ohio State vs Alabama match-up was much, much closer. The two teams went back and forth throughout the game, with each taking the lead and the other surpassing. The Crimson Tide held a strong lead going into the second quarter, but the Buckeyes picked up their momentum bringing the score to 21-20, Alabama at the half. Ohio State kept that momentum with them in the third quarter putting a slight distance between 'Bama and themselves on the scoreboard. Even though the Crimson Tide scored right before the end of the third, the TD the Buckeyes scored at the end of the fourth quarter sealed their fate. 'Bama got a late score in with 1:59 left on the clock, but it wasn't enough to prevail against the Buckeyes, and Ohio State saw victory, 42-35.
And that's all she wrote! Now, only time with tell who the first College Football Playoff National Champion will be!
BUT, before you make plans to set your DVR, go to the local bar with friends to watch the game or actually attend the national title game LIVE, it's time to do some scouting! So without further ado, take a look at the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game preview and then for those of you attending the game (or wanting to attend the game), I've got a few notes for you, as well.
Comparing the College Football Playoff National Championship Contenders
Casting predictions regarding the winner of the first College Football Playoff National Championship is tricky business. Both of these teams have shocked college football fans with how far they've come this season and they each have a lot to offer.
Oregon has Marcus Mariota who has been on point all season long. This QB came back with a vengeance after the Ducks 2013 season and has rightfully led his team to the national title game. This junior has accounted for 5,000 yards of offense and 56 total touchdowns, while only throwing three interceptions and causing three fumbles. Mariota played at an all-time high against FSU on Jan. 1, and if this QB can lead the team the same way on Jan. 12, the Buckeyes better have something up their sleeve.
As for OSU, the team has straight up had issues with keeping a quarterback healthy this year. Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett are both out with injuries bringing red shirt Cardale Jones into the line-up. It took Jones a while to find his groove against Alabama, but once he did, you'd be shocked to know it was only his second start. If the Jones can bring another incredible performance to the field at the title game and the Buckeyes' defense can put a stop to Oregon the way they did to 'Bama, we've got a game on our hands!
However, while I think it'll most certainly be a close match, I think Oregon will be our first
College Football Playoff National Champions. What do you think?
Cast Your Vote!
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Last Minute Tips for Attending the National Title Game
WOO! You're attending the College Football Playoff National Championship! Or maybe you want to, but you just haven't secured your tickets yet. This section, my dear friends, is for YOU! Read on to learn which items are prohibited from being let inside AT&T Stadium, view the seat map so you can figure out where you're heading before game day, get ideas of activities to do while you're in town for the big game, and get your VIP access if you haven't already!
- Bags (view bag policy here)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Animals, with the exception of service animals
- Bottles, cans and beverage containers of any kind
- Food items
- Fireworks, firearms and weapons of any kind
- Laser pointers
- Knives of any length
- Signs or flags on sticks or poles, or larger than one person can hold
- Video cameras and the use of video capable devices
- Tripods, monopods and cameras with lens longer than three inches (detachable or non-detachable)
- Abusive, foul or disruptive language
- Ticket scalping
- Trespassing, soliciting, peddling, or loitering
- Chairs, stools or other seating devices
- Seat cushions
Bags will be checked upon entry and tickets must be shown to be granted access to the stadium and your seating location. Credentials must be shown for on-field access, as well.
For additional information regarding permitted and prohibited items or for disability services, please visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com.
Find Your Seat
Don't you hate it when you attend a crowded sporting event and you can't figure out which direction is to your seat? Well, folks, you can kiss that problem good-bye! I suggest printing out or saving this stadium seat map as an image on your phone so you can quickly refer back to it when you arrive at AT&T Stadium. This way, you'll never get lost and each person in your group will be able to find their way around should you get disconnected.
Navigate the City
If you've never been to Arlington, Texas before, brace yourself! You're in for a real treat! With Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth all within the vincinity, there is plenty to do during your down time. Check out the College Football Playoff guide to these cities here.
Get Last Minute Access!
Last, but certainly not least, if you have yet to secure your Official Ticket Package to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, it's time to do so! The game is only six days away and VIP access is going fast!
Official Packages grant you the opportunity to enjoy premium hospitality three hours pregame where you'll find a complimentary gourmet menu, open bars, collegiate football legend appearances, and a variety of interactive entertainment elements. Depending on your package, your hospitality will open again during halftime and for 90 minutes postgame.
The seats included with Official Playoff Premium Packages are some of the most coveted seats in the stadium offering unparalleled vantage points of the game. Not to mention, with Gold Level Packages, you could even get on-field access after the game!
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get the ball rolling, Oregon and Ohio State fans! Call 1-866-834-8663 to speak to a Playoff Premium representative or visit QuintEvents' website for more information. Secure your spot in college football history today!