And then there was 7. College Football, Who’s in & Who’s out?

Posted: November 30, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

And then there was seven.  That is the number of teams to have made it to Championship Week with their eyes still on the prize.  Let’s not discus what happened Saturday night, we can only go forward so here is what we have left.

Tiers

After all the whining, bitching, and moaning the past few weeks about the committee the path to the playoff looks pretty clean.  Here is how I see it unfolding.

SPOT #1 – Winner of the Big10 takes a spot, loser out.

Michigan St. needs to seen a big gift basket to the Michigan punter for allowing them to even be in this position but if they take care of business against Iowa they will be in.  Iowa is undefeated and at the end of the day no matter how weak their schedule is they will get in.

SPOT #2 – Oklahoma

Not having a championship game killed the Big12 last year but this season it is a God send.  The Sooners are firmly in and get to set back and heal up while the rest of the teams all have something to play for.

SPOT #3 – Alabama

I don’t know what the spread is but it’s not going to be enough.  The best coach in college football has the most talent and will not allow the gators to ever be in this game.  Look for the tide to roll but this is the first spot that could go to an outside team.

SPOT #4 – Clemson

Out of all the teams that control their own fate Clemson has the toughest challenge.  North Carolina has played a schedule that puts them in the same category as Iowa but they have also looked very impressive since their early stumble against S. Carolina.  If Clemson wins they are in.  If not, then you bring OSU back into play.

Here is what happens if there is an upset.

If Alabama loses and Clemson wins. 

Big10 Champ, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ohio St.

If Bama wins and Clemson loses.

Big10 Champ, Oklahoma, Bama, Ohio St.

If both Alabama and Clemson lose.

Big10 Champ, Oklahoma, Ohio St., and it will come down to UNC and Clemson.  Does the committee honor the head to head winner or do they look at the complete body of work?  I don’t think they will have to make this decision but it will be an interesting one.

So there you have it.  What has already been one of the best college football seasons I can remember in some time is heading into the most wonderful time of the year and I don’t want anything to change.  I love the four team playoff and do not want or think it should go to six or eight.  But that is a discussion for another day.

 

 

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