After a wild rivalry weekend, we had a great shake-up in the Top 10. There's still a lot of teams still alive, and a few teams who can just move on to basketball season. No more delays, here's your new Top 10.
Going into Conference Championship week, here's what we can expect:
First round of the playoffs seems like a snoozer
If everything holds the same after the Conference Championship games, we'd have Clemson vs. Wisconsin and Auburn vs. Oklahoma. At that point, you can pretty much pencil in Clemson vs. SEC part 3, because Baker Mayfield hasn't seen a team like Auburn this year, and Wisconsin is...well...Wisconsin.
SEC could still get two teams in
Like we said in Minisode #15, if Ohio State wins the Big 10 (which is likely), and the others hold true, the committee is going to have to decide between the Buckeyes and Alabama. Using the logic from last year, Alabama would get the nod and we'd have two SEC teams in. The college football world would absolutely explode in disgust. Even just typing that made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. But the positive that will come from that is two Power 5 conferences being left out, which will make the push for an expanded playoff system that much greater.
Even though they can get two in, the SEC love fest seems to be over
I didn't think I'd live to see the day. But as they were rolling out the top 10 and debating scenarios on ESPN, they actually said that Alabama doesn't have a quality schedule. Remember when everyone in the SEC had a "great schedule" and that the conference was such a meat grinder that a team would go from #14 to #3 after beating a team who was ranked #2 and then end up with 4 losses on the year? Looks like people are starting to wake up to the fact that the SEC isn't filled with NFL teams and is actually filled with schools that are afraid to play a game north of Kentucky.
The Top 8 teams all still have a legit shot to make it in - and that's fucking nuts
Crazy, right?. Going into the last week of the season, all teams in the Top 8 still have a legit shot. Some have to have things fall their way (Ohio State, Alabama) and others can pretty much punch their ticket with a win (the rest of the Top 8). But for the most part, all of these teams have a legit shot at making the playoffs this year. As someone who was really resistant to the Playoff change, I can safely say that this is way better. Can you imagine how awful things would be right now if we had the old system with only the Top 2 getting in? Even though I said earlier that if it all holds true, the Top 2 would be playing each other, that changes completely if there's any type of shake-up.
The only thing that can make this weekend suck is if Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin all win. Nobody wants to have the playoff picture wrapped up a week ahead of time. So I'm hoping all of those teams lose (except Clemson...because fuck Miami) so that we get to hear arguments and fights and all of the anger that comes with lobbying to get your team in. But no matter what, I'm going to drink a lot of Dr. Pepper (just kidding, I'm getting drunk) and strap in for one more great Saturday of meaningful college football for the year.
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