3 College Football Playoff Party Crashers
The latest college football playoff rankings were released Tuesday, and the top six remained unchanged. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson sit in the playoffs, with Washington and Wisconsin the first two out. Aside from the usual suspects, there are three teams that still have a real chance to crash the party New Years Eve.
Florida plays Florida State Saturday night in Tallahassee, and the Noles’ want nothing more than to crush the Gators slim playoff hopes. UF would need to win that road game, and then beat Nick Saban and Alabama the following week in Atlanta to catapult in the rankings. Currently sitting at #15, those two wins could be enough to sneak in at #4.
Just because the Big 10 has four teams in the top ten this week does not mean the Sooners don’t have a chance. If Oklahoma winds up winning out, and Penn State or Wisconsin were to surprise everyone and win the Big 10 championship, watch out.
Colorado quietly has put together a great regular season, with their two blemishes coming on the road at Michigan in September, and a 21-17 defeat to USC. While the Trojans have been the darlings of the media recently, if Colorado beats Utah Saturday, they win the Pac-12 South and will face the Washington/Washington State winner for the conference title. A win against a higher ranked Huskies could be enough, assuming a few things break their way ahead of them. Colorado would need Michigan to beat Ohio State this weekend, and then lose in the Big 10 title game.
If Ohio State beats Michigan (which we expect), then you can pencil in the Buckeyes at number 2 overall. Clemson would have a chance to lock in the 3rd spot if they can wrap up the season with a ACC title victory. The final spot will likely be between the Pac 12 Champion (assuming Washington wins out), the Big 10 champion (assuming Penn State or Wisconsin wins), or a Big 12 Champion (Oklahoma).
No one expects Alabama to lose in the Iron Bowl to Auburn, or in the SEC Championship to Florida in Atlanta. Do you remember the last time the defending champs were overwhelming favorites against the Tigers?
That was then #4. Auburn in 2013 defeating #1 Alabama in one of the most memorable endings in college football history. Can it happen again? What if it did? Would ‘Bama go from #1 to out of the playoff with that loss?
There is so much to be decided over the next few days in college football. If you can’t get up for these games, you need to reassess your fandom.