May 3, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws the ball down field at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Playoff 2014: Sporting News releases latest projection, Oregon and Oklahoma play for title

We’re just about two months away from the start of the 2014 College Football regular season, although even with all the action that will be going on, most of the attention throughout the year will be on the inaugural College Football Playoff, as well as who the first four participants will be.

Under the new format this season, the assembled committee will select the four best teams in college football. Those four teams will begin the playoff in both the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl games, which will serve as the sites for the semifinals this year.

On Monday morning, the folks over at Sporting News released their latest projections as to who will be involved in the first installment of the College Football Playoff, and when it’s all said and done, they have the Oklahoma Sooners and Oregon Ducks playing for it all.

Rose Bowl Game (Playoff Semifinal): Oklahoma vs. Alabama

Sugar Bowl (Playoff Semifinal): Oregon vs. Florida State

College Football Championship Game: Oregon vs. Oklahoma

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Sooners coming into this year, and deservedly so. They had one of the best performances of anyone last bowl season, annihilating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, an outcome that few saw coming.

With the best player in that game, quarterback Trevor Knight, returning for another year, a lot will be expected from this group, and that includes a national title run.

Oregon also returns a top-tier quarterback in Marcus Mariota, who if stays healthy, may finally be able to capture the national title that has eluded him during his young career.

What do you think of Sporting News’ projections? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • yehonala04

    So Oregon at a neutral site will display a defense capable of defeating an opponent with a top 5 ranked offense which will have a top 5 defense as well ? A “click’ generating piece of marketing.

    • Ted

      Apparently you haven’t watched the Ducks as of late. The defense is far better than what the majority of America, who only knows Oregon as an offensive team, believes…

      • yehonala04

        I thoroughly enjoyed the Ducks destruction of Tennessee. The system on offense lends itself to placing the QB at risk; too much risk for the entirety of season.If FSU is the the opponent; it should be a tv dream date of contrasting philosophies.Think Stanford on defense with better faster athletes /more depth and Arizona/USC with a better QB and greater depth at WR/RB. An entertaining match vs Sparty ; I will watch it

    • Michael G

      First off, I do not agree with the projections, and will personally be surprised to see Oregon in the Playoff, let alone in the National Championship.

      With that said, Oregon has produced a top 15, and even top 10 defense in recent years. Just like Alabama has a good offense, but is only known for their defense, Oregon has a good defense, but is known for their Offense.

      I think this idea of “Oregon cannot play defense”, is a misconception. Remember that Oregon played Auburn in the Champion better than any SEC team did during the regular season in 2010.

      When Oregon has lost big games, it was because their offense could not produce against a bigger defensive line….not the other way around.

  • jack griffith

    Boomer Sooner!