Chaos. That’s been the theme in college football the past two November’s.
This past weekend we had FOUR teams in the top 10 lose. First was No. 9 Washington, then No. 1 Georgia. No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 6 TCU also lost. All but Washington lost to other top 10 teams.
What happens from here?
Let’s start with my top 10.
1. Alabama, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Miami, 4. Clemson, 5. Wisconsin, 6. Auburn, 7. Georgia, 8. Ohio State, 9. Notre Dame, 10. USC, 11. Penn State.
The top 5 teams all control their own destinies with Miami and Clemson meeting for the ACC title.
Alabama still has a game with Auburn and possibly Georgia. Same goes for Auburn except with Alabama.
Let’s go through the scenario that could send Ohio State, Penn State or even Michigan to the college football playoff.
Step 1: Take care of business. For Ohio State, that includes beating Michigan and then Wisconsin. For Michigan, that means beating Wisconsin, Ohio State and hoping to be on the beneficial end of a 4-way tie atop the East then beat Wisconsin again. For Penn State, that’s beating Maryland and Nebraska while becoming a Michigan fan and hoping to benefit from 4-way tie.
Step 2: Alabama wins out. Easy enough.
Step 3: Miami wins the ACC over Clemson. That would make the Orange a 2-loss team with a loss late.
Step 4: Oklahoma wins out. Don’t want the committee comparing a 2-loss Sooners team with a 2-loss Ohio State squad. Even if only the latter is a conference champ.
IF those 4 things happen it is MORE than reasonable for the Big 10 champ from the East division with two losses to make the playoff. A loss by Notre Dame and/or USC certainly wouldn’t hurt those odds either.
Worst case scenario? Clemson wins ACC and Auburn upsets Alabama then loses to Georgia in SEC title. Imagine that decision…
Either way, buckle up. We are in for a fun ride.