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Predicting the best College Football Playoff yet

Quick picks for each game are below, but the main thing you should know is: This is gonna be awesome.

Clemson v Georgia Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The best College Football Playoff yet is upon us.

Not only do we have New Year's Day games (instead of the detestable New Year's Eve experiences from the last two years) in maybe the sport's two most beloved venues, we also get four teams that could each win it, something we've never been able to say before.

For the first time, the field doesn't include a team likely to get blown out in Round 1. You can easily make the case for any team in this group to beat any other team. (That makes predictions really hard for a change, since we don't have a gimme game almost guaranteed to make everybody half right. I still love you anyway, 2015 Michigan State.)

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

5 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN
Georgia favored by 2.5

Prediction: Georgia 35, Oklahoma 31. The key to beating Georgia, according to Auburn: force throws on third down. Well, OU ranks near or in the bottom half of the country in all these run defense advanced stats, so how many throws can it possibly force? If Mayfield's striking quickly via explosive passes, which are the only real way to sting UGA's defense, then OU's defense should be on the field all game long.

Sugar Bowl, New Orleans

8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN
Alabama favored by 3.5

Prediction: Clemson 21, Alabama 20. Clemson's had two weaker games all year, both about two months ago, after a Bryant injury. Bama's had its last four games. Nobody's running in this game, so expect a lot of squashed scrums as we wait for decisive passes. Bama's one-dimensional passing game doesn't look like a great fit against this pass rush, while Clemson's dink-and-dunk lifestyle can put a few decent drives together.

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