First Four In, First Four Out.

The first of six weekly College Football Playoff selections will be released Tuesday night and there is little drama who the first four will be.


First four in:

No. 1 Alabama (8-0). Their games are over at halftime and they’re just a juggernaut. All roads go through Tuscaloosa.

No. 2 Clemson (8-0). They play in a terrible league (ACC) but have a victory on the road against Texas A&M. They also looked dominating recently pummeling Florida State, 59-10 and NC State, 41-10.

No. 3 Notre Dame (8-0). The Irish have had several close calls but have an opening night win against Michigan, who has not lost since. Their schedule is not challenging but that won’t matter if they defeat their next four opponents.

No. 4 LSU (7-1). Some might have Michigan here, but the Tigers have beaten four ranked teams and have perhaps the best resume. Their only loss was to No. 22 Florida on the road, but they probably need to win out to stay in the CFP.

First four out.

No. 5 Georgia (7-1). Got a big victory against Florida Saturday and have quality road wins at South Carolina and Missouri. Control their own destiny but must win out.

No. 6 Michigan (7-1). The Wolverines have won seven in a row and looked impressive in defeating rival Michigan State, 21-7 on the road. They are outside for now but control their destiny to qualify by winning out.

No. 7 Oklahoma (7-1). After firing defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, their defense has improved. They, too, need to win out but are not guaranteed a place in the CFP even if successful.

No. 8 Ohio State (7-1). The Buckeyes can still turn it around after getting smashed 49-20 at Purdue. They have meetings with Michigan State and Michigan. It would be hard to leave out a one loss team from the conference of influence and affluence, so they have a chance.

Personally, I would put the Irish behind LSU and Georgia, but it won’t matter if they’re undefeated. There are also other teams still with a chance not listed here but they’ll need help for sure. They include West Virginia, Washington State and even Kentucky.

Many of these top eight schools play each other in “elimination games” or possibly in a conference championship. Now if Alabama lost a close game to LSU this week or in the SEC championship game against predicted east division champion Georgia, that would turn this picture upside down. Clemson and Notre Dame, as undefeated teams, probably don’t have that luxury if they lose because of Bama’s track record and SEC bias. Geaux Tigers!

“THE SCHREIB”