Depending on how today’s college football games actually play out, it’s not entirely possible that we get a completely different top four teams in the college football playoff bracket tomorrow afternoon.
Your top four are, in order, at the moment: Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. All four are in action today, and it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that all four lose and all four miss the playoff as a result. It wouldn’t necessarily be a one-for-one exact spot swap, but if Miami beats Clemson and Georgia beats Auburn, it’s easy to see how those teams could flip-flop their spots in and out of the top four.
The other two spots aren’t as clean cut in terms of the replacements. I don’t know if TCU or Ohio State deserve spots in the playoff if they upset Oklahoma and Wisconsin respectively, but I think it’s safe to say that the Sooners and Badgers would not deserve spots if they were to lose.
So, y’know, no pressure, guys.
There’s also the issue of what the committee will do with UCF if they defeat Memphis today. That will push them to 12-0 on the season, but they are sitting at just #14 in the rankings right now. Do they deserve one of the top four spots merely for being undefeated? I don’t know if I can say yes to that, but what I can say is that if all of the current top four teams lose today to create an insane mishmash of teams towards the top of the rankings, it would be highly stupid of the committee to not take a serious look at the Knights. UCF and Wisconsin are the only two undefeated teams in the FBS division right now. If the top four gets muddled, the Knights deserve a spot at the table. Hell, if the top four gets muddled badly enough and UCF loses, there’s an argument to be made for a one-loss Memphis team to earn a spot, as they’d be fresh off a win over UCF.
As always, I want the stupidest thing possible to happen to college football’s stupid non-NCAA approved championship structure, so fingers crossed for dumb, everyone!
Here’s the slate of action for the day.
College Football Championship Saturday Viewing Guide: 12/2/17
|AAC Championship: #20 Memphis at #14 UCF
|MAC Championship: Akron vs Toledo
|Conference USA Championship: North Texas at Florida Atlantic
|Big 12 Championship: #3 Oklahoma vs #11 TCU
|SEC Championship: #2 Auburn vs #6 Georgia
|Troy at Arkansas State
|Mountain West Championship: #25 Fresno State at Boise State
|ACC Championship: #1 Clemson vs #7 Miami
|Big Ten Championship: #4 Wisconsin vs #8 Ohio State