Houston, we have liftoff. The College Football Playoff just got a shot in the arm with a slew of changes over last weekend and instant controversy.
No. 10 Ohio State humiliated No. 4 Michigan 63-39, ending Michigan’s hopes of a CFP birth. The Wolverines imploded, and Jim Harbaugh is now 0-4 against OSU. After winning ten in a row, this loss will be the only game anyone in Ann Arbor remembers about this year.
No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) with their 24-17 victory over USC, is in the CFP because they’re undefeated and have no games left to play.
No. 7 LSU (9-3) is out after losing their third game in epic fashion at No. 22 Texas A&M, 74-72 in seven overtimes! Maybe the greatest game in SEC history with incredible plays through, it may have surpassed the Bama/Auburn kick six game. Must watch TV.
No. 8 Washington State (10-2) lost their second game to No. 16 Washington, 28-15 in the Apple Cup, eliminating them for CFP consideration in a game played in a snow storm.
So where are we with one championship week left!
First four in.
No. 1 Alabama (12-0). Beat Auburn 52-21. Meets No. 5 Georgia in the SEC championship. Win and they’re in. Lose and we’ll see.
No. 2 Clemson (12-0). Beat South Carolina 56-35. 0lays Pitt in ACC Championship game. Win and they’re in. Lose and they may need help.
No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0). They’re in.
No. 4 Georgia (11-1). Defeated Georgia Tech 45-21. They’re in for one week. Don’t be confused. Must beat Bama.
First four out.
No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1). Defeated West Virginia, 59-56. If Georgia loses, they will move up with a victory but if Georgia defeats Alabama, look out. Here’s where the debate is between Oklahoma and No. 10 Ohio State. Both need to win their championship games to have any chance, but the Sooners get an opportunity to avenge their only loss this season against No. 14 Texas while Ohio State plays a four-loss No. 19 Northwestern. Both had great wins this weekend, but the Buckeyes have struggled at times during the season. Then again, they play in the Big Ten, the conference of influence and affluence so when it comes to politics, they are second to none.
No. 6 Ohio State (11-1). See above.
No. 7 Central Florida (12-0). Beat South Florida 38-10. Yes, they’re undefeated but no, the Committee will never allow them a CFP birth no matter what happens.
No. 8 LSU (9-3). The Tigers loss in seven overtimes to Texas A&M is about as close to a victory as it gets, and they shouldn’t fall much.