4 Biggest Nightmare Scenarios for College Football Playoff Committee
Every year, at this time, the College Football Playoff Committee stares down several scenarios that would reek havoc on it's selection system. Let's have some fun and take a look at the four craziest options in play this year.
Bama (12-1) beats LSU (11-1) and Georgia (12-1) beats Bama in SEC title
As with all things College Football Playoff related, we start with Alabama.
In this scenario, if Alabama beat LSU and then won out with Georgia also winning out, it would set up an epic SEC title game between undefeated Alabama and one-loss Georgia.
If the Bulldogs were to leave that game with a win, the committee would have to choose between three one-loss SEC powerhouses. LSU would be perfect outside of Bama, Bama would be perfect outside of Georgia, and Georgia would have an ugly loss to South Carolina but an SEC championship to cover it up.
Wisconsin (12-1) loses to Ohio State (12-1) in regular season but beats OSU in Big Ten title game
This is a CFP committee classic. Team A loses to Team B in the regular season but beats them in the conference championship.
In this case, Team A would be Wisconsin, whose only loss would be to Ohio State. Team B would be Ohio State, whose only loss would be to Wisconsin.
Currently, these two teams sit 4th (Ohio State) and 6th (Wisconsin) in the polls, so splitting their two meetings would only further muddy the waters, especially if it was Wisconsin holding the Big Ten Championship at the end of it all.
Oregon (12-1) wins Pac-12 and Auburn (8-4) loses to all 4 top-10 opponents this season
Often time, the CFP committee is faced with the challenge of putting early season games into context after months of results shift the perspective.
In this case, Oregon's Week 1 loss to Auburn on a last second touchdown could throw their playoff candidacy into turmoil.
If Oregon goes on to win the Pac-12 with only that loss, and Auburn goes on to lose only to the powerhouses of the SEC (it has already fallen to Florida and has LSU, Georgia, and Alabama still to go), then all of a sudden Oregon's case is weakened.
Will the committee reward their record or punish them for their conference?
Clemson (12-1) loses ACC title game to unranked UVA or Duke
Our final scenario is the most unlikely but would create the most turmoil.
Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Tigers as the favorite to win their second consecutive National Championship at +180. All signs seem to point to Clemson entering the playoffs undefeated, and in prime position to take the top seed.
If, however, Clemson fell to an unranked ACC opponent, the committee would be forced to decide whether they should even be in the tournament at all.
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