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Alright, we’ve got the 11 am games out of the way, and now it’s time for the playoff games, about which we all desperately care, I guess. Missing Alabama? Don’t worry, the announcers in each of these games will be sure to mention them at least once every five minutes, lest you forget how historic it is that they aren’t here. #secmagic #greatestconference

Peach Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners (#4) vs. LSU Tigers (#1)

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

3pm | ESPN | LSU -12.5 | O/U 75.5

Although LSU comes into this game as a heavy favorite, both teams will be missing key players. LSU will be most likely missing running back Clyde (!) Edwards-Helaire, who suffered a hamstring injury last week. Meanwhile, Oklahoma will be down three defensive players suspended for undisclosed reasons, one of whom, Ronnie Perkins, is a major contributor to the defense—he leads the team in sacks, and is second on the team in tackles. Sooner Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell is also out, after breaking his collarbone in practice last week.

None of this promises to help Oklahoma’s chances, and unless they’re looking ahead, you’ve got to like LSU’s chances in this one.

My super smart and educated pick: LSU by 17

Poll

Who you got?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Southern Land Thieves
    (1 vote)
  • 87%
    Southern French Types
    (7 votes)
8 votes total Vote Now

¡Fiesta! Bowl: Clemson Tigers (#3) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (#2)

University of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ

7pm | ESPN | Clemson -2.5 | O/U 62.5

This has all the makings of a fun game, and here’s hoping it doesn’t disappoint! Clemson partisans point to the fact that they’ve won 28 games in a row (!), including knocking off Alabama in last year’s title game, as proof that they’ve got this one in the bag. Detractors point out that it’s hella easy to go undefeated when you’ve got Clemson’s schedule. Nevertheless, Clemson has been in this situation before and risen to it, including beating OSU 31-0 in 2016, the last time the two teams met.

OSU, for its part, has been unstoppable in the Big Ten this year, throttling all challengers big and small. The offense is humming along as well as an offense can, and they too are undefeated, while playing some actual teams to get to that point. They’ve also overcome plenty of adversity, as you will likely hear during the broadcast a time or 50:

Will the tougher competition pay off for Ohio State? Or will a fluffy season allow a well-rested Clemson to take it to the Buckeyes?

My very educated and smart guess: OSU by 4

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Who wins?

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  • 16%
    Dabo
    (7 votes)
  • 83%
    Day
    (36 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now

This is your open thread, the usual rules apply: no pirated streams, and no being a jerkface.