After a huge weekend of college football, ESPN’s projections for the College Football Playoff have shifted accordingly.
Neither of ESPN’s bowl projections for this week feature Ohio State in the College Football Playoff, as the Buckeyes are reeling from a 15-point home loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. The good news for Ohio State fans is that both projections still have the Buckeyes making a New Year’s 6 game, so it’s not like they fell too far from where they were last week.
The projections after Week 1 had Alabama and Ohio State facing off in the semifinal matchup. The two teams have already faced off in the College Football Playoff before, with Ohio State getting the upperhand in 2014 version of the Playoff.
Oddly enough, Oklahoma’s win was not enough for them to affect the national championship game prediction for both ESPN writers. (Kyle Bonagura and David Hale) Both still have Alabama making the game, and Bonagura’s prediction of an Alabama-USC title game is completely unchanged. However, Hale did make one major change, with Clemson now being the team facing Alabama in the title game over the Trojans. Clemson and Alabama have played in each of the last two national championship games.
The full bowl projections from ESPN can be seen here.