CFP Ranking: What does the penultimate statement tell us?
The college football playoff selection committee made things pretty straightforward ahead of championship weekend.
If college football fans are craving drama, they might want to start looking ahead to next season as not much seems to be achievable. made in the championship games for chaos to ensue.
For the fourth week in a row, Georgia comes in as the No. 1 team in the country after defeating Georgia Tech in their final game of the regular season. the Bulldogs will face No. 17 LSU after the Tigers lost an upset to Texas A&M 38-23.
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LSU’s third loss takes all the drama out of the SEC Championship Game, as it’s doubtful that even a Georgia loss would cause the Bulldogs to drop out of the top four.
Michigan ranks second after its impressive second half against Ohio Stateresulting in back-to-back wins over the Buckeyes for the first time since 1999-2000.
A matchup with Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game is all the undefeated Wolverines have left. Except for a shocking blowout, Michigan will be in the playoffseven with a close loss to the Boilermakers.
TCU is No. 3 after destroying Iowa State in Week 13 and faces No. 10 Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Wildcats’ move into the top 10 has to mean something to the committee, as only loss for the Horned Frogs it would come from the hand of a quality opponent.
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Anything can happen in college football, but it’s safe to say that Georgia, Michigan and TCU have a better chance of making the playoffs barring something unforeseen.
Then there’s USC at No. 4.
“That’s the only drama left,” ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said Tuesday night, according to the LA Times.
For the first time, USC is classified in the CFP’s top four, giving the Trojans a direct path to the playoffs.
Beat Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game and USC is in.
A loss to the Utes: The second loss for the season to Utah for Trojans, and things get interesting.
The committee ranked Ohio State No. 5 and Alabama at No. 6. The Crimson Tide’s qualifying ends any hope of sneaking into the playoffs and gives the Buckeyes a glimmer of hope.
No two-loss team has made it to the CFP, but if USC loses in the Pac-12 championship game, right? Ohio State deserves to slide?
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Both the Buckeyes and Trojans have beaten two top 25 teams. They share a common opponent at Notre Damebut USC’s win last weekend was more impressive.
Then there’s the argument that USC shouldn’t be penalized for playing an extra game. Would it be fair for USC to be out of the playoffs if they lose in the championship game while Ohio State sits at home, safe from a second loss?
It’s a fascinating conversation and, frankly, the only interesting one as championship weekend approaches.