For many college football fans this is the best time of the year; conference titles will be crowned, playoff rankings will be finalized and bowl games will be set.
Tonight, week 14 playoff rankings were revealed and the picture is a tad bit clearer on who will be participating in the four team showdown.
What can possibly go wrong?
Lets begin with number one Alabama, they are without a doubt the most worthy for making the playoffs this year. Though the SEC has been down in quality, with teams like LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia under performing, the crimson tide just “Rolled” through its competition, allowing the committee to grant the undefeated squad a number one seed.
Can they lose the conference championship and still make it in?
Florida is a good team but extremely inconsistent, at times they look like a bunch that can be playing in the national title game, unfortunately their alter ego reflects a Conference USA side. So I don’t think Bama should worry about being upset by their eastern division opponent.
If some how it does happen, that would be nightmare number one, it would force the committee to vote and keep Bama in the playoffs despite not winning their conference. The Tide’s resume is way to good to be left out of the party just because of an end of the season misstep, oh and by the way they have a man named Nick Saban who happens to be their coach.
Why are the Huskies not respected?
The Second nightmare comes from west coast, receiving no love what so ever. Washington has been a massive surprise in 2016, some analyst believed Chris Petersen had his boys moving in the right direction but nobody predicted a playoff birth and a potential national championship.
So with the Huskies sitting at number four and playing number eight Colorado on Friday; you can bet The Pac 12 will be praying for Washington not to lose. If the Huskies go down you can guarantee Colorado will not be able to make a four team jump and be the Pac 12’s playoff representative.
Who’s that Tiger?
Clemson has quietly made their way back into the playoff picture after slipping to Pitt a few weeks ago. The third seed Tigers have one more test in Virginia Tech before they can exhale and call themselves ACC champs.
Losing to the Hokies would make the voters go absolutely bonkers and would create pandemonium. Unlike Bama or Ohio State, Clemson is not a team with rich history and there would be no problem leaving the tigers at home licking their wounds.
What does this all mean?
Congratulations folks you have the worst case scenario and possibly the ugliest playoff picture, three Big Ten schools and no conference champion but one depending on Wisconsin and Penn State. If somehow these major upsets do occur, we will be well on our way to expanding to an eight team tourney in the near future.
College Football Playoff Rankings
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
The Nightmare Scenario Rankings
- Ohio State
- Wisconsin/Penn State