During an interview with longtime South Florida sportscaster Tony Segreto, CBS Sports college football analyst Danny Kanell made his picks for this year’s College Football Playoff.
Kanell believes Clemson will make the playoff for the seventh straight year and face a familiar foe in Ohio State.
The Tigers and Buckeyes have met three times in the CFP, with Clemson winning the first two meetings and Ohio State taking last year’s CFP semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.
“I’m going to say Clemson is back,” Kanell said. “And this is a matchup that we see often, and we’ve seen it a lot and I love the rivalry, saw it last year — I’m going to say Clemson, Ohio State play again in one of the matchups in the playoffs, and it would make a lot of sense regionally for Clemson, the tie-in with the ACC, for Clemson. I think Clemson will be the higher seed in the matchup, but I don’t think Ohio State’s going anywhere anytime soon, anyway. So, I think you see Clemson, Ohio State matched up again.”
Kanell also predicted Oklahoma and Alabama to make the playoff this season.
“I think Oklahoma you’ll see in the playoff, as well, and then it’s going to be either Georgia or Alabama from the SEC,” Kanell said. “I’ll go Alabama because until Georgia actually knocks off that top dog, that’s a monumental mountain to climb. They haven’t done it yet. I’ll give Alabama the edge again.”
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