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College Football Playoffs National Championship Open Game Thread

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It has finally arrived ... College Football's first true national championship game.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A funny thing happened this morning when I woke up. I looked out the window and, well, the sun had arisen. I walked outside and I heard the faint chirping of displaced birds. A check of the morning news confirmed what I was pretty sure was already happening. That is to say that the earth was still spinning on its axis. In the correct direction.

Today is the day that the inaugural College Football Playoffs finally play out ... without the SEC in attendance.

And the world is still standing.

I agree with the sentiment that any assessment of the first college football playoffs as anything short of a rousing success is both intellectually dishonest and agenda driven. Not only has the NCAA cashed in big, but the surrounding spectacle of this game creates an event that serves as the ideal appetizer for the NFL's Super Bowl. Who knows? Someday it may even rival it.

Based on the level of college football saturation that I'm beginning to feel right now, it may be the case that four teams is, in fact, the ideal number of teams. Regardless, that's a discussion for a different day. In the meantime, we have a fantastic game set up between the Ducks of Oregon and Buckeyes of the Ohio State. The QB versus the Coach. It should be a wild one.

As you warm up for the game, check out some fun little fanposts authored by your own colleagues here at the UWDP:

---Imagine if Oregon's Jonathan Stewart had chosen UW by RonnyDawg

---Nobody harbors Oregon sports hate like me by RBinOR

This is your open thread. Enjoy, Dawg Fans!