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2015 College Football Playoff Championship

One last game to close out the 2014 college football season...

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College Football Playoff National Championship
#2 Oregon (13-1) v. #4 Ohio St. (13-1) - ESPN, 8:30pm
Marcus Mariota QB RS Jr. Oregon 1st
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (i) CB Sr. Oregon 1st
Arik Armstead DE Jr. Oregon 2nd
Hroniss Grasu C RS Sr. Oregon 2nd
Jake Fisher OT Sr. Oregon 2nd-3rd
DeForest Buckner DE Jr. Oregon 3rd-4th
Rodney Hardrick ILB RS Jr. Oregon 3rd-4th
Tony Washington OLB RS Sr. Oregon 3rd-5th
Erick Dargan SS RS Sr. Oregon 4th-5th
Byron Marshall RB Jr. Oregon 4th-6th
Dwayne Stanford WR RS Soph. Oregon 4th-6th
Derrick Malone, Jr. OLB RS Sr. Oregon 5th-7th
Michael Bennett DT Sr. Ohio State 1st
Doran Grant CB Sr. Ohio State 2nd-3rd
Taylor Decker OT Jr. Ohio State 2nd-3rd
Adolphus Washington DT Jr. Ohio State 3rd-4th
Devin Smith WR Sr. Ohio State 3rd-4th
Jeff Heuerman TE Sr. Ohio State 3rd-5th
Noah Spence (s) OLB Jr. Ohio State 4th-5th
Joshua Perry OLB Jr. Ohio State 4th-6th
Braxton Miller (i) QB RS Sr. Ohio State 4th-6th
Chris Carter DT RS Jr. Ohio State 5th-6th
Pat Elflein G RS Soph. Ohio State 5th-7th
Michael Thomas WR RS Soph. Ohio State 5th-7th
Tyvis Powell FS RS Soph. Ohio State 5th-UD

Give a read to Dan's top 10 in action tonight as a primer.

There's just a ton of talent tonight and that's without the injured players like IEO, WR Devon Allen, TE Pharoah Brown & OL Tyler Johnstone...all of whom play for Oregon, all of whom could end up being first-round picks...

But no worries. Only Ekpre-Olomu has to bring that injury into the 2015 NFL Draft, and we've got tons of others heading to the pros with him. Here are a couple matchups to watch.

Oregon C Hroniss Grasu vs. Ohio St. DTs Michael Bennett & Adolphus Washington

Interior line battle chock full of NFL quality? Oh, you know damn well where my eyeballs are gonna be. Grasu's coming off of a knee injury and joins LT Jake Fisher and LG Hamani Stevens as the only seniors on the line. Meanwhile, Bennett could be a top five pick and Washington could go on day 2. This is NFL scout porn.

Oregon RBs Royce Freeman & Thomas Tyner vs. Ohio St. OLBs Josh Perry & Darron Lee

Freeman's fast. Tyner's a bowling ball. With Oregon's speed on the line, they can chop things up on the ground outside. Perry & Lee are no slouches though. When not set up for a north-south running play, keep an eye to see who gets to the outside.

Ohio St. OT Taylor Decker v. Oregon DE Arik Armstead

These could be premium second-round picks in three and a half months. Bookmark this battle.

Ohio St. WRs Devin Smith & Michael Thomas v. Oregon CBs Chris Seisay & Troy Hill

With Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, my top-rated CB for the 2015 NFL Draft, out, the Ducks went into the Rose Bowl with a pretty serious question mark that many expected Florida St. to answer for them and not in a nice way. It never materialized. Seisay was a relatively unheralded recruit who decommitted from Boise St. before heading to Eugene. Hill's a smaller prospect who could creep into the back end of the draft. They held up just fine against the Seminoles.

Three guys who will have no impact on the game or any draft in the future:

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

Ohio St. QB Cardale Jones

Ohio St. DE Joey Bosa


Fun stuff. Holler with your observations throughout the game tonight.