It is never too early to discuss college football. The company (NCAA) that owns Saturdays has already begun their plans on how to exchange their millions in profits from the college football gridiron into billions. The powers that run the 12 biggest conferences in college sports — those in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Football Bowl Subdivision — agreed to push the college football playoff format to reality roughly three years ago and while the primary argument, publicly, was the concern of how changing the long standing bowl system would affect academics.
In truth, academics were not the main concern for the men that run the NCAA company and control the football futures. Academia doesn’t serve their Master… which is money. As has always been the case with discussions on how to improve college football the rhetoric and reality were always at odds in the playoff debate.
That stated the CFB Playoffs are here to stay and with the change in the structure of college football, combining the holiday bowls with the CFB Playoffs, preseason rankings have become more important than ever before despite what the NCAA wants you to believe.
With that note an early look at the Finn Factor College Football Final Four
Finn Factor College Football 2017 Final Four: An early look
1. Ohio State
Quarterback J.T. Barrett is back for another season with the Buckeyes and will lead one of youngest Big 10 and Division I squads into the 2017 campaign.
The Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban have reached the playoff semifinals for three consecutive seasons and reach it for the fourth straight behind sophomore signal caller Jalen Hurts.
Jim Harbaugh has a large number of holes to fill, not only on both sides of the ball, but in his coaching staff, as well. The Wolverines lost offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch who departed to accept a coaching job at UCLA. Expect Harbaugh to challenge Ohio State for the Big 10 title resulting in a second straight season where two Big 10 teams could be inside of the CFP Final Four.
4. Florida State
The Seminoles grew exponentially in the 2016 season. Look for enough improvement on defensive and on the offensive line allowing sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois and Cam Akers to shine.
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