College Football Playoff predictions: Alabama, FSU to meet in title game

Looking for this season's Auburn? It's probably not worth your time. The Tigers went worst to first in the Southeastern Conference last season and came up a late Jameis Winston touchdown pass short of a national championship. Auburn was a great story, but an anomaly. In college football, the teams that contend for national championships are usually the ones expected to do so before the season. So 2014 probably won't be as unpredictable as 2013 but with the College Football Playoff making its debut, this season should still be plenty entertaining. Here's a guess at how it will go: CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE Atlantic Florida State Coastal Virginia Tech Champion Florida State BIG TEN East Ohio State West Nebraska Champion Ohio State BIG 12 Champion Baylor PAC-12 North Oregon South UCLA Champion Oregon SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East South Carolina West Alabama Champion Alabama AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Champion Cincinnati MOUNTAIN WEST Mountain Boise State West Fresno State Champion Boise State CONFERENCE USA East Marshall West Texas-San Antonio Champion UTSA MID-AMERICAN ATHLETIC East Akron West Toledo Champion Toledo SUN BELT Champion Louisiana COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NEW YEAR'S BOWLS Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma vs. Stanford Cotton Bowl Baylor vs. Boise State Orange Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Auburn Peach Bowl South Carolina vs. Michigan State SEMIFINALS at Sugar Bowl No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Ohio State at Rose Bowl No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oregon CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Alabama vs. Florida State NATIONAL CHAMPION Florida State ____ Follow Ralph D. Russo at