The latest College Football Playoff rankings indicate that Oklahoma and Baylor are among the teams fighting for the final spot. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson are all likely to make the College Football Playoff, even with a loss in their respective title games thanks to their undefeated regular seasons.
This could change if any of these three teams get embarrassed on Saturday, but all signs point to one spot realistically being open. Georgia, Oklahoma and Baylor are likely competing for the No. 4 seed. The simplest scenario would be if Georgia upsets LSU in the SEC Championship as both the Bulldogs and Tigers would make the playoff.
Things get less complicated if LSU continues its perfect season as the Big 12 champion would advance to the postseason. If Utah defeated Oregon in the Pac-12 championship, the committee would likely have compared the Utes to either Oklahoma or Baylor. Utah’s loss means the Big 12 matchup is essentially a play-in game for the Sooners and Bears.
Oklahoma and Baylor have an opportunity to add another top-10 win to their final resume. It remains to be seen how wide the committee believes the gap was between Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor. It is now irrelevant after Utah’s blowout loss to Oregon.
Georgia Could Play Spoiler With a Win Over LSU in the SEC Championship
Georgia has a chance to make sure this conversation never happens with a win over LSU. If the Bulldogs pull off the upset, both SEC teams are likely to make the College Football Playoff. Unless either Clemson or Ohio State have an epic collapse, the Tigers and Buckeyes would be the other two teams to make the playoff.
There were plenty of potential scenarios that could have played out prior to the Pac-12 title game. All this should lead to a final 24 hours of the college football season.
The following rankings are based on the following scenario: LSU wins the SEC, Ohio State wins the Big Ten, Clemson wins the ACC, Oklahoma wins the Big 12 and Oregon wins the Pac-12.
College Football Playoff Rankings Projections
|2.||Ohio State (12-0)|
|10.||Penn State (10-2)|
|16.||Notre Dame (9-2)|
|17.||Boise State (11-1)|
|20.||Appalachian St. (10-1)|
|24.||Oklahoma St. (8-4)|
College Football Playoff: Bowl Projections for New Year’s Six
Here is a look at the current College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl projections based on LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon all winning their conference title games.
|December 28||Peach: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma|
|December 28||Fiesta: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson|
|December 28||Cotton: Penn St. vs. Memphis|
|January 1||Rose: Oregon vs. Wisconsin|
|January 1||Sugar: Baylor vs. Georgia|
|January 1||Orange: Virginia vs. Florida|