It has been said that the College Football Playoff will not expand beyond its current four-team configuration at any time in the foreseeable future. This season could break that line of thought to the point of breaking it.
Entering week 14, the ACC and SEC championship games were considered postseason play-in games; No. 1 Clemson destroyed No. 7 Miami, while No. 6 Georgia avenged No. 2 Auburn. No.3 Oklahoma presented blisters on TCU No. 11 in the Great 12 championship game to secure another place.
With those results, that left three of the four CFP sites claimed. The fourth, given those results, was apparently reduced to inactive Alabama No. 5 and No. 8 of the State of Ohio.
With 11-1 & # 39; Bama sitting this weekend, 11-2 OSU claimed the No. 4 and undefeated Wisconsin earlier in the Big Ten championship game and left with a 27-21 victory. Considering how it was developed this weekend, and with apologies to USC, the final post of the playoffs will be reduced to Midwest blueblood and one from the South.
So, let's go to the Tale of the Tape:
– six victories over teams eligible for bowls
– two victories over CFP Main 25 teams: No. 17 LSU, No. 23 Mississippi State
– a victory over the FCS team
STATE OF OHIO
– seven victories over teams eligible for bowls
– three victories over CFP Main 25 teams: No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 9 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State
– no game against FCS teams
– Alabama, one, 26-14 to No. 2 Auburn
– Ohio State, two, 31-16 at home to No. 3 Oklahoma and 55-24 on the road to 7-5 Iowa
– Alabama, none
– Ohio State, one
The reality is that a new reality awaits us, regardless of what happen on Sunday afternoon.
Regardless of what happens tomorrow, the CF Committee P will put a team of two losses in the playoffs for the first time or two teams from the same conference for the first time. It seems that a CFP expansion inflection point is ahead …
– CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) December 3, 2017