Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be a wild ride down the bumpy road that leads to the College Football Playoffs. We have six teams vying for their spot —each worthy in their own right. If you plan on betting the playoff and bowl games, be sure to visit this SportsBetting.Ag review to see all of your options.
As we sit today, the top four are No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, No. 2 Clemson Tigers, No.3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs. On the outside looking in are the Oklahoma Sooners and Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Oklahoma Sooners have been consistent all season long with one of the best offenses in all of college football. That said, they have given up a lot of points throughout the season, especially over the last four games where their defense has allowed 47.25 per game.
Ohio State is the polar opposite of Oklahoma as the Buckeyes are the poster child for inconsistency. They’ve shown moments where it seemed like they had better things to do than be on the football field. Granted, they still got the job done, but by the skin of their teeth.
The next x-factor is their final games. If Oklahoma beats No. 14 Texas, by any margin, how badly would Ohio State have to beat the No. 21 ranked Northwestern team to move past OU? In the eyes of the committee is it even possible? Especially since the Sooners’ one loss is coming at the hands of their archrivals, the Longhorns. And being a rivalry game it has that much more weight. Northwestern is not Ohio States ‘rival,’ and sure, they are top-25 but lackluster in a lot of ways.
I feel like Ohio State has to blow out Northwestern in surprising fashion. Not only by a large margin of victory but also by not allowing the Wildcats to score more than a touchdown. In fact, it would be better if they held them to 6 and put up 40+ points on the scoreboard. They have to dominate in every aspect of the game to move past Oklahoma —if OU beats Texas.
All of this Sooners and Buckeye talk might be for nothing if Alabama loses to Georgia. This is the most complete Crimson Tide football team that we have seen in some time, maybe ever. So, if they lose in a close game to the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta Georgia you have to think that Alabama still makes it into the postseason and the SEC takes up two slots.
The Crimson Tide are favored by 13 points in the SEC Championship game, but if there is any team in the country that can run with Alabama, it’s the Bulldogs. There will be a lot of red in the Mercedes-Benz stadium, but we would be kidding ourselves if we pretend that the Georgia Bulldogs don’t have home-field advantage in this meeting.
Now many people would get extremely upset about this and demand a CFP adjustment. But there is no way to argue that either Oklahoma or Ohio State is better than Alabama. They would each have the same record, but with the difference that Alabama had an undefeated regular season and against tougher competition than either of the two currently on the outside looking in. If Alabama loses to Georgia, the only team in the country that you could argue as better than the Tide is Georgia.
If Georgia loses, then one door opens. If Clemson somehow loses the ACC title game to Pitt, another door opens.
It’s going to be a crazy weekend of college football, and there will surely be mobs of frustrated fans no matter how the cookie ends up crumbling.