Ohio St jumps LSU to No. 1 in CFP rankings with 2 weeks left
Ohio State jumped LSU to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings with two weeks left to go before selection Sunday. LSU slipped to second Tuesday night and Clemson remained No. 3 while Georgia held on at four. If playoff history holds form, three of those top four teams will reach the semifinals. Alabama remained No. 5 in the selection committee’s third rankings, with Utah moving up a spot to No. 6. The Utes are the only Pac-12 team in the top 10 after Oregon dropped eight spots to 14th.Oklahoma is seventh followed by Minnesota, Baylor and Penn State.
After months of speculation, analyzing stats and endlessly examining different scenarios, we're finally days away from learning which four teams will be in the College Football Playoff. The four teams competing for a national championship will be announced Sunday at noon ET on ESPN, and the teams invited to play could bethis weekend.
Ohio State, LSU's debate for College Football Playoff's top seed is far from over
Ohio State retook the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, but the debate between the teams is far from over.Who should the No.
Now, one of the best things about college football is its total unpredictability, and we here at For The Win are. So rather than breaking down what seems most likely to happen in the conference championship games, we're looking at a scenario we think could create the most chaos for the CFP committee in the final days leading up to selection Sunday.
Before we go any further, here are the College Football Playoff rankings' top-8 teams, all of which are playing for a conference title this weekend:
1. Ohio State 12-0
2. LSU 12-0
3. Clemson 12-0
4. Georgia 11-1
5. Utah 11-1
6. Oklahoma 11-1
7. Baylor 11-1
8. Wisconsin 10-2
Let's say Clemson locks up its playoff spot byin the ACC championship game, Utah beats No. 13 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game and the Big 12 game is a one-score game between . What happens if Georgia takes down LSU in the SEC title game and Wisconsin upsets Ohio State in the Big Ten title game?
Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankings, from chalk to chaos
Sporting News looks at all the possible scenarios for the College Football Playoff rankings heading into conference championship weekend.The top six teams in the AP Top 25 — No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma — have the best chances of cracking the field after Saturday's slate of conference championship games. No. 8 Baylor is the only other remaining team with one loss or fewer. Is there a chance that a two-loss team — don't make us say No.
Chaos! And not just for the selection committee but also among fan bases as they angrily debate why their team deserved a spot/was snubbed/gets no respect.
If Georgia beats LSU, the SEC is probably getting two teams in the playoff. Both teams played and beat multiple ranked opponents this season, the committee has repeatedly shown how highly it views them and it would be hard to deny they're two of the best teams.
So if it's Clemson, Georgia and LSU, which team gets that last spot if the Badgers emerge as a two-loss Big Ten champ? Does Wisconsin get the nod for taking down the No. 1 team and become the first two-loss team invited to the playoff? Can the committee overlook one loss for the Buckeyes, even if it is in the conference championship game, and let them in based on their whole body of work? The latter happening would decrease the importance of conference title games, which have been emphasized as a key component of a team's playoff resume.
Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings
Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.
And what about the Pac-12 and Big 12 champs? Could an Ohio State loss be enough to keep the Buckeyes and Big Ten out of the playoff altogether in favor of Utah, Oklahoma or Baylor?
We'll have so many questions, should this unlikely scenario play out. But chaos leads to interesting debates and questionable decisions, and it's just too much fun to root against - unless, of course, you cheer for one of these legitimate playoff contenders.
8-Team College Football Playoff Model Reportedly Under Discussion .
The College Football Playoff is functioning perfectly fine with four teams, but the movement to expand the field to eight teams is gaining momentum with each passing year. According to a new report, the eight-team playoff would include five automatic bids for the winners of conference championship games, two at-large bids, and one bid for the best Group of 5 team. It remains unknown if this model will at some point materialize into a tangible proposal that will be voted on, but it's encouraging something is at least being discussed.