The College Football Playoff will be unveiled Sunday at 12pm EST, and the final four teams are likely locked in. Even with victories today by Penn State (Big 10 Championship), Oklahoma (Big 12), and Clemson (ACC Championship), many expect little change from last week’s rankings.
Alabama vs. Washington
The number one overall seed will head back to Atlanta, where we expect the Tide to go against the Pac 12 champions. There was some talk last week about the Big 10 getting a second team in the playoff, but it won’t happen this year.
Clemson vs. Ohio State
The difference between 2 and 3 really doesn’t mean much, however the Buckeyes overall strength of schedule will have them getting the nod over Clemson. This should be an intriguing matchup in Glendale, AZ.
What’s Next for Penn State?
Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl, where they will likely play USC. Michigan will head to the Orange Bowl, with a date against the Seminoles of Florida State. Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin commented on his team’s prospects for the College Football Playoff after the win over Wisconsin:
James Franklin on Penn State/CFP: "What I know is we just won the toughest conference in college football. … It's on you now, committee."
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 4, 2016
Everyone assumes that Ohio State is locked in at the 2 seed overall, even though Penn State beat them head to head. Michigan fans of course can mention they beat the Big 10 champions by 39 points, and lost in overtime to Ohio State.
Are the Buckeyes one of the best four teams in the country? Yes. We will find out if the college football committee views Penn State or Michigan in the same light. Lost in all the discussion is Oklahoma, who is playing as well as anyone in the country. The Sooners played a much tougher schedule than Washington, and went unbeaten in their conference. The Big 12 doesn’t have the respect the Pac 12 has, yet those two teams are virtually even.
So much to debate, so little time.