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SI PLAYOFF PREDICTION NOV. 24

Nov. 24, 2014
Nov. 24, 2014

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Nov. 24, 2014

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STEVE SMITH
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
P.K. SUBBAN
  • Bold, but reckless. Brilliant, but exasperating. Big-game ready, but sometimes unfocused. The face of the Canadiens is all of that, not to mention one of the best defensemen in the NHL. And though he's still chasing his first Cup, the league's most demanding fans love him as the successor to the franchise's most hallowed ghosts

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SI PLAYOFF PREDICTION NOV. 24

From now through the Dec. 8 issue SI's college football insider will assess which teams should make the final four.

SUGAR BOWL

This is an article from the Nov. 24, 2014 issue

1 ALABAMA

The Tide controlled all but about six minutes of their 25--20 win over Mississippi State. Bama can be beaten, as proved by Ole Miss, but it's still the hardest team to put away.

4 BAYLOR

TCU's struggle in a 34--30 victory at Kansas should make the committee finally realize that the spot should go to the head-to-head winner between the Bears and the Horned Frogs.

ROSE BOWL

2 OREGON

As long as senior center Hroniss Grasu—who has been the glue of a line ravaged by injuries—is back from a left leg injury by the Pac-12 title game, the Ducks should be good to go.

3 FLORIDA STATE

QB Jameis Winston has been superb in four second-half comebacks. Against most teams the 'Noles can pull off such rallies—but not against the Tide or the Ducks.

Last week: Florida State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Alabama

PHOTOPOUYA DIANAT FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ALABAMA)PHOTOGREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BAYLOR)PHOTOGEORGE FREY/GETTY IMAGES (OREGON)PHOTOWILFREDO LEE/AP (FLORIDA STATE)