What-If Bracket: Last Four College Football Champions
If this were reality TV, it would be the “all-stars” season.
If the last four college football champions met in a bracket, which one would come out on top?
Thankfully, Clemson won last season, so we don’t have to have an Alabama vs. Alabama matchup. Four seasons, four different winners, which makes this much easier and cleaner. Each national championship told a different story.
These schools were varying degrees of dominant. Florida State in 2013 was perhaps scariest of all, blowing out most opponents and the only undefeated team of the group. It’s hard, however, to complain about any team and what they did in their time. One, FSU, won their title without having to win two playoff games. The other three scaled the two rounds to earn their championships. (Florida State earned their as well, so don’t say we’re implying they didn’t.)
Who would win this tournament of champions?
2013 Florida State Seminoles
Aside from Boston College and Auburn, nobody gave Florida State a game in 2013. From end to end, these were almost all blowouts. This team beat five ranked teams en route to a championship behind Jameis Winston. One was in the ACC championship against Duke, in which the Seminoles won by 38.
No doubt, they were the best team all season long. Florida State averaged 51.6 points per game, allowing just 12.1. They outgained opponents 7,267 yards to 3,940. Winston’s offense converted on third down over 52 percent of the time. Finally, Roberto Aguayo hardly ever missed a kick. Aguayo kicked 94 extra points that season, which tells you how powerful the FSU offense was.
The knock on them is that they didn’t play a fierce schedule, but they were stacked with NFL talent. FSU was a special team in 2013.
2014 Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State in 2014 was that team some thought shouldn’t be in the College Football Playoff. Not only did they get there, but Urban Meyer’s boys won it. Hell, not only did they win it, but they did so with their third-string quarterback, Cardale Jones. Having Ezekiel Elliott helped, too.
In September, Ohio State lost at home to Virginia Tech. Falling to number 22 in the rankings, the Buckeyes spent all season climbing back. It wasn’t until late in the year that they beat ranked teams. The most stunning of them came in the Big Ten title game with a 59-0 blowtorching of Wisconsin. This game helped seal the growing notion that Ohio State was getting better, peaking at the right time.
OSU averaged 44.8 points per game that season and allowed 22.