Podcast: Handicapping the 2014-15 College Football Playoff bracket

Can Florida State repeat as national champions in 2014? (USATSI)
Can Florida State repeat as national champions in 2014? (USATSI)

All the March Madness talk has given us bracket fever, so we made our first attempt to forecast the field for our own four-team bracket, the College Football Playoff. 

Tom Fornelli returns to the show as we take a look at the teams expected to be in the hunt for a spot in the four-team playoff and handicap each conference's chances at getting one (or more) team into the inaugural bracket.

Podcast topics include, but are not limited to: 

-- A raise for Gary Andersen at Wisconsin and an extension for Ball State coach Pete Lembo and our 2014 outlook for both coaches. 

-- Odds a non-power conference (SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC) team makes the College Football Playoff

-- We need a catchy name for the power conferences. Tom and I suggest "Party of Five" 

-- Odds a Non-Party of Five team wins the College Football Playoff

-- Odds the SEC occupies 2 of the 4 spots in the playoff, and what other conference has the best chances to be a multi-bid league? 

-- Party of Five conference most likely to get shut out from the College Football Playoff in 2014-15

-- Our super-early guess at the four CFP teams for 2014-15. (Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State, Oklahoma all considered contenders) 

Ways to Listen

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Previously on the Eye On College Football Podcast: Playing out Jeremy Fowler's 16-team football-basketball combo bracket. (iTunes)

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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