It was the night before Selection Day, and throughout the country, it was not moving a creature, well, depending on the house.
On the eve of the last batch of College Football Playoff playoffs, some will cuddle them in their beds with visions of the playoff spots dancing on their heads. Others, however, will be persecuted by the ghosts of the past, the present and the future of the season.
Despite all the excitement and excitement surrounding the weekly playoff rankings, it is likely to be more than a day off for three of the teams competing for those four places that Sunday Funday. With revealing victories in three of the four Power 5 championships on Saturday, most schools competing for the playoffs are stress-free.
If you're looking to get the eight hours of sleep recommended by the doctor Tonight is the night you want to be Oklahoma Sooner. A team that saw legendary coach Bob Stoops retire in June and saw his star quarterback arrested and discussed by cops shamefully in March overcame a stunning loss to Iowa State in October to win his third consecutive Big 12 title with an impressive win 41-17 over TCU No. 11.
The 12-1, Third clbadified, who have defeated their opponents by an average of almost 25 points per game this season, are almost locked in University Football. Tie in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, making it the second time in three seasons that Oklahoma will compete for a national championship.
(All time ET)
• 9 am-noon: Championship Drive Presented by Northwestern Mutual (ESPN2)
• 12 am-4 pm: Football Playoff Selection Presentation University Presented by AT & T (ESPN)
• 6 pm-8 pm.: SEC Now: Bowl Special (SEC Network)  • 6 pm-8: 30 pm: Championship Drive Presented by Capita l One (ESPN2 )
• 8:30 pm-11 p. m.: Championship Drive: Who's in Presented by Capital One (ESPN)
Oklahoma had all the talent in the world to make the postseason, but the loss of Stoops seemed to make a dent in the Sooners' plans. But week after week, Oklahoma continued to impress with Lincoln Riley and Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield, who could have replaced Lamar Jackson as the most exciting quarterback to watch, continues to dazzle on the field.
Speaking of Mayfield, Christmas should arrive early for the most polarizing face of college football. Always entertaining and mostly enigmatic, Mayfield can rest easy tonight knowing that on December 9 he should have the most coveted prize in college football: the Heisman Trophy.
You will not have to serve Georgia Coach Kirby Smart a hot glbad of milk to close your eyelids tonight. The stress has dissipated in Athens after the sixth Bulldogs won the No. 2 Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship. Four weeks after being crushed by Auburn, the Dawgs took revenge and were able to join Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
And this might not be the first of many sleep-filled nights for Smart and his Dawgs. This is only year 2 for Smart, and given the confusion in the SEC East, there's no reason for me to look over my shoulder soon.
Staying in the SEC, you should ask yourself how Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will sleep. tonight. He has moved from the hot seat to the edge of the jump-off to a kind of training purgatory with the opening in Arkansas looming. It's Arkansas's No. 1 option to replace Bret Bielema, but could he leave Malzahn after a CFP victory?
Joining Georgia and Oklahoma in a dream similar to the coma, are the Clemson Tigers. These guys are used to sleeping the day of the selection, with them controlling their fate late in the last three seasons. With a resounding 38-3 victory over No. 7 Miami, Clemson has won three consecutive ACC titles and in all likelihood has secured the No. 1 spot in the playoffs for the second time in three years.
How will the conference championship games affect this year's bowl clashes? This is how we see things get complicated with only a few hours until the games are revealed.
The election of the selection committee for the fourth and last place in the playoffs will surely be in Alabama or Ohio State. It is a decision that will surely be one of the most controversial in the era of the CFP.
Three of these are easy. With impressive victories in the title of the conference, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia should participate. Will the Ohio State Big Ten championship push the Buckeyes over Alabama? Our experts influence what they think should happen.
Dabo Swinney will probably be connected enough to dance the night away, but once he decides to get some shuteye, he will have no problem catching those Z.  Two other trainers who will sleep like a rock are Texas A & M's (man, that's weird) Jimbo Fisher and Oregon's Willie Taggart.
Look, Fisher's departure from Tallahbadee was not a great look, and probably will not get many Christmas cards from many people there, but the man is about to receive PAYMENT. With his 10-year, $ 75 million contract, fully guaranteed, Fisher will win the richest deal in college football history in terms of total value. He will be second after Nick Saban of Alabama with an average annual salary.
Fisher will also be in a place that is undoubtedly committed to resources, since A & M recently spent more than $ 500 million on improvements to football facilities.
You can fall asleep on a mattress made from that kind of money.
Taggart is one of the top names on the Florida state list to replace Fisher, and whether he stays in Oregon or goes to Tallahbadee, he will receive it too. paid out. Oregon offered Taggart a new contract valued at more than $ 20 million, before incentives, in the next five years. However, he has not signed that deal yet.
A coach who does not sleep well tonight is Scott Frost. He was named Nebraska's new coach before the double interception by Trey Neal could even get No. 14 from UCF at the American Conference 62-55 over No. 20 Memphis.
This was not an easy decision for Frost, and it's no secret that he had strong emotional ties with both UCF and Nebraska and this decision weighed on him.
Frost could be coming home, but he also left behind a pretty good one.
Wait for most people hanging around in Tuscaloosa and Columbus tonight.
With Ohio State's eighth state 27-21 over Wisconsin No. 4, the Badgers are now out of the race playoff, but the Buckeyes are firmly in the bubble, along with No. 5 Alabama. This is where things get complicated and the balls of sweat begin to accumulate.
Alabama needed a near victory from the State of Ohio, and it did. But were you close enough or careless of a performance by the state of Ohio for Alabama's end-of-season eye test to score higher than the Buckeyes?
The destination has been completely removed from the hand of these teams and handed over to a committee. There is little that these teams can say and absolutely nothing they can do to improve their cases between now and the College Football Playoff Selection Show (Sunday, noon ET on ESPN and ESPN App).
Coaches and players will be critical of plays that should and should not have been in losses that put them in this distressing situation.
Will the committee excuse Ohio State's shameful 55-24 loss to five-game Iowa because of a Big Ten championship win over Wisconsin undefeated? 19659038] Does Alabama's defeat by an Auburn team now with three losses make up for the fact that Crimson Tide has a loss less than Ohio State?
Alabama's depleted defense factor in the committee's decision?
Alabama is going to be cowering all night thinking about the fact that, although it did not lose until the end of the regular season, the disastrous Florida State season and the 46th position of the Tide ranking could be the reason why who is watching the CFP on television for the first time?
Committee members may not even sleep tonight, considering that they will meet around 8 a. on Sunday, but I started discussing everything immediately after the Saturday night matches.
We've worked all year to get to this point, and it makes sense that the top favorites of the Alabama and Ohio State National Championships are sweating the last place to get in the exclusive four-team college football game.