Ducks vs. 'Noles: Rose Bowl Preview

The #2 Oregon Ducks take on the #3 Florida State Seminoles in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

In the first round of the College Football Playoff, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will play host to the #2-ranked Oregon Ducks and the #3-ranked Florida State Seminoles as they vie to earn a place in the National Championship Game. Both teams have something left to prove, as the Ducks have never won a National Championship and no one seems to believe in the undefeated Seminoles.

Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will face off in what will likely be a battle between the past two Heisman winners over what could be the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Who has the advantage? We'll find out at 5:00 PM Eastern on New Year's Day.

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Matchup Oregon Talk about getting revenge, Oregon ripped apart Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game to prove to the world that the 34-24 Wildcat win in Eugene was an aberration. With the nation’s most efficient passing attack, and third-best offense overall, everything is humming for a team that has everything working at the right time. This team can work with power, it can handle speed, and the defense showed over the final few weeks of the year that it can shut down anyone with a run defense that turned dominant. This is no longer the tippy-tappy offense that relies on a gimmick – this team can play football, and it’s really a true national title contender.


Florida State The defending national champion has been shaky throughout the year fighting through close game after close game, and winning them all. The team knows how to turn it on when it had to, and with time off to heal up and get all the parts back in place, everything is there to repeat – or at least get back to the championship game. Is this a team that’s about to get exposed once it has to face one of the elite of the elite teams, or is this a team just waiting to explode now that it got through the regular season and is where it was expected to go after being named the preseason No. 1? With 29 wins in a row, the Seminoles know what they’re doing.


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