Thanksgiving is done as is MOST of College Football, and this is what I see as the top four:
- Clemson (North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game).
- Oklahoma (Big 12 Champs)
- Alabama (Florida in the SEC Championship Game)
- Winner of Iowa/Michigan State Big 10 Championship Game
So it would appear to be easy right? I mean Oklahoma is done, and Alabama should have no problem with Florida, so that’s two spots. And the third spot should be the winner of the Big Ten, right?
Let’s think of two things that can ruin this:
- Clemson loses. Could North Carolina slip into the top four? Well, not if the media can help it – these hypocritical bastards are already screaming about UNC playing two FCS games. So see #2…
- Ohio State’s shadow. What happens if Iowa beats Michigan State? Does the committee look at Ohio State and say “Hey, we can use the ole schedule excuse?”
If there are two losses, the Playoff Selection Committee will have a nightmare scenario.
ACC. It comes down to Clemson vs. North Carolina and boy if I’m Dabo Sweeney, I’m concerned – particularly with that off-day they just had versus South Carolina.
- Notre Dame losing to Stanford hurt the chances to make money for the NCAA, but there’s a bowl somewhere cheering to have these guys in.
- Florida State took care of Florida, as they will be heading for a fairly large bowl game.
Big 12. Oklahoma is the champs and they deserve it. Their season is over, and they will be in the playoffs, particularly after that destruction of Oklahoma State.
- Baylor NEEDS to beef up their September schedule to be ready for the big boys in November. Mix in a power-five team! Goodness.
- TCU came damn close to sneaking in and Gary Patterson is a damn good coach.
- Did the upperclassmen at Texas quit on Charlie Strong?
But just a thought, I wonder if TCU or Baylor had gone 11-1 and won the Big 12, would they get into the playoffs?
Big 10. Michigan State vs. Iowa in what many will dismiss, but I believe that Iowa has the ability to hang with Michigan State.
- Ohio State destroyed Michigan and will be waiting to see if Clemson or Alabama fall.
- Indiana finished 6-6, but if they’re patient and can build a defense there, they could be the next good team in the Big Ten.
- I was disappointed in both Nebraska and Minnesota’s seasons, but I believe that these two programs can also take the next step forward. If Nebraska can close out games and Minnesota can build a deeper offense and find a way to stop the run, then both could be good.
PAC 12. Stanford will face the USC in the PAC 12 Championship Game.
- Considering all the injuries they went through, major respect to UCLA.
- I know it’s early, but I’ll call my shot here and say – WATCH OUT FOR WASHINGTON next season!
- Oregon woke up a little late, but considering, 9-3 isn’t a bad way to finish.
SEC. Alabama won this thing, but no Paul Finebaum and Alabama fan, you SHOULD NOT be ranked ahead of an undefeated Clemson. Grow up and stop bitching. You want to be ranked #1, go ahead and beat a three loss Ole Miss. As far as “We’re the SEC Champs” I say, “congratulations, you dominated a well below average/standards” conference. Ew whee…
Oh, and by the way Alabama, if the media wants to crucify North Carolina for playing two FCS games, should you be crucified for playing three games against Non-Power five teams (Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Monroe, and Charleston Southern (FCS))??? I won’t mention the tough games they had against Arkansas and Tennessee (oops, my bad).
And not to dump on Bama too much, but from what little I saw of the Iron Bowl yesterday, it sure seemed as if the calls were heavily in favor of Alabama. 30 penalty yards on one play for a phantom late hit, then a flag for arguing a call? Was Saban flagged for dogging refs?
Then we get to Florida who struggled against scrubs such as Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic, then struggled with Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky, then lost to LSU before getting smoked by Florida State.
Meanwhile, Arkansas lost to Toledo, South Carolina lost to Citadel, and Georgia struggled with Georgia Southern in OT.
Then we have the “little six”:
AAC. In the Championship Game, it looks like Temple will be facing Houston.
- Navy ended up 9-2 and will be a tough out in a middle-tier bowl game. But first their annual game with Army.
- Memphis went 9-3 and will also have a good bowl.
MAC. Bowling Green will face Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship.
- Ohio, Akron, Western Michigan, Toledo, and Central Michigan all were above .500. Oh, and Toledo did beat Arkansas of the mighty SEC.
MWC. Air Force (8-4) will face San Diego State (9-3) in the MWC Championship Game, and by the way, SDSU has gone 8-0 in the MWC. Should the Aztecs win, are they prime candidates for a home game at the Holiday Bowl?
- Boise State finished 8-4, but uncharacteristically were 5-3 in conference play.
- New Mexico finished 7-5 and will have a bowl game remaining.