Dec 7, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron leads the team onto the field before the 2019 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The College Football Playoff kicks off tomorrow and as I prepared this Playoff breakdown, I got to thinking generally about breakdowns of all sorts.

You have the classic secondary breakdown resulting in a long touchdown pass.

Offensive line breakdowns typically lead to QB sacks.

You car breaks down.

Boats seem to break down more often than cars.

Mardi Gras floats break down more often than boats.

Relationship problems start with communication breakdowns.

Nervous breakdowns should be avoided if possible.

Walls can be broken down.

I think I’ve broken down 250 cardboard boxes in the past few days.

Family breakdowns are the best.  We just hosted family for three whole weeks over Christmas and had countless breakdowns.

Actually, it was only three days, and we had no breakdowns of any sort.  Nothing short of a Christmas miracle!

Tom Petty sang about breakdowns in his 1976 single, “Breakdown.”

And then you have SEC Banter’s College Football Playoff breakdown.  It’s alright if you love it, it’s alright if you don’t.  I’m gonna go ahead and give it to you:

No. 1 Louisiana State vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA; 4 p.m. Saturday:

Can the dream season for LSU, Joe Burrow, Coach O, and the state of Looziana continue?  The Bayou Bengals are a heavy favorite over the Sooners but star LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

It’s difficult to overstate what Edwards-Helaire adds to the LSU offense.  From pass protection, tough running, and catching passes out of the backfield, he adds a dimension that can’t be replicated by LSU’s younger, inexperienced backs.

On the OU side, QB Jalen Hurts is a gamer.  A winner.  He will make plays against any defense and LSU has had problems with dual-threat QBs.

Banter calls a closer game than most expect:  LSU 38, OU 31.

By the way, if dem Tigahs win, they’ll advance to the national championship in . . . New Orleans, my hometown.  The Saints could host a playoff game in the Superdome that same weekend, it happens to be my birthday, and LSU would play in the title game that Monday.

So much for New Year’s resolutions.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl; somewhere in Arizona; 8 p.m. Saturday:

This should be an excellent football game.  It will be Clemson’s first of the year, so it’s tough to tell how they’ll come out of the gate.

Ohio State is solid all-around and could easily be the No. 1-ranked team in the Playoff.

But I think Clemson edges Ohio State in the desert to set up an all-Tigers championship game in the Crescent City.

As Coach O would say:  “We comin’.”

Enjoy the Playoff, thanks for reading SEC Banter, and may you have a breakdown-free 2020!

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