We mentioned high-scoring offenses and it is likely that these semifinals are the highest scoring.
This happened during the first year of college football’s playoffs, when Oregon-Florida and Ohio State-Alabama combined for 156 points in a thrilling start to the four-team season.
If there’s one thing the Playoff doesn’t have, then it was games close by. The average margin of victory in the first 10 semifinals was 21.4 points per game.
Only two have been decided by 10 points or less in five years. Ohio State beat Alabama 42-35 in the 2014-15 Sugar Bowl semifinal and Georgia beat Oklahoma 54-48 in a double overtime thriller at the Rose Bowl in 2017-18.
The Chick-Fil-A Peach and Fiesta Bowl cup has been around lately, but that won’t happen this time. We get two exciting games and the quarterback player from the four teams is off the charts.
The nearest win margin between the two semifinals was 24 points, set in 2017-18 between Oklahoma-Gerogia (54-48) and Alabama-Clemson (24-6). This year’s semifinals will be tighter, the strongest so far.
This creates a new CAP championship game – albeit with a familiar theme.