The College Football Playoff may be in for absolute chaos.

The College Football Playoff may be in for absolute chaos and controversy this year based on what happened Saturday. No. 4 Penn State goes down to undefeated and disrespected No. 17 Minnesota 31-26 and No. 3 Alabama, in the first game against a competitive team in No. 2 LSU, loses at home 46-41. But that’s not all. No. 9 Oklahoma nearly blew a 35-14 halftime lead before stopping Iowa State when it eschewed an extra point to tie the game with 23 seconds left and failed on a two-point conversion, losing 42-41. Finally, No. 12 Baylor did it again and after trailing TCU 9-0, came back to win in triple OT. 29-23. So now what?

Well, Alabama, which trailed 33-13 at halftime, must fall but how far? Same with Penn State. How far does Baylor and Minnesota move up and finally is Oklahoma still on the radar?

The first two in the CFP are easy. The Committee got it wrong last week, but LSU will jump Ohio State to No. 1. So, who’s three? By default, it’s Clemson which demolished a poor NC State team. 56-10. If they slip up just once, they’re done but since they’re undefeated, they get this spot for now. No. 4 is where it gets interesting.

Baylor and Minnesota are the unbeaten teams, but like Alabama, who have they defeated? Baylor has some quality wins and Minnesota just beat Penn State, their first victory against a top five team in 42 years! Can they get a little respect? This is close but for now with good wins against Florida and Notre Dame, we’ll put Georgia at No. 4. It really doesn’t matter because Georgia must win the SEC to qualify which would mean defeating LSU in the SEC Championship. Still a lot of games left starting this week with Georgia at Auburn.

First four out for me starts with Oregon at No. 5. They must win out and the only way they’re not in is if the other four Power Conference Champions are undefeated teams. That’s possible because Baylor is still alive. The Bears play Oklahoma at home next week.

Nobody will agree with me but why not Baylor and Minnesota at No. 6 and No. 7? At least they’ve beaten someone. Penn State fills out at No. 8 because they’ve got quality wins. The CFP Committee needs to look at the schedule and not the reputation. It says here they won’t do that, and Bama will probably be ahead of all three. I’ve got the Tide way down at No. 11 just ahead of Oklahoma and Utah.

There’s still a lot of football left including Penn State at Ohio State in two weeks as well as the conference championships down the road so there’s a lot of room for dramatic changes.


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