Would Unbeaten Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?

Would Unbeaten Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?

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Would Unbeaten Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?

Five Thoughts: 2. Would Unbeaten Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?


No, really. Why can’t Wisconsin and Miami go unbeaten and roll their way into the College Football Playoff?



5 Thoughts: Unbeaten Miami and Wisconsin?

1. Conference Race Breakdowns & What Will Happen
3. Could 11-1 Notre Dame Be Left Out Of The CFP?
4. Why Washington Will End Up In The College Football Playoff
5. If Baker Mayfield Stumbles, What Happens To The Heisman?
– College Football Playoff Tuesday Night Projection

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Look, America. I know you don’t like it, and I know it doesn’t fit into your 2017 college football narrative, but no way, no how, no chance a 13-0 Power Five conference champion – or 12-0 – doesn’t get into the College Football Playoff.

There are no guarantees on 12-1 – like if the SEC champ is 13-0 and the loser is 12-1, and if Notre Dame is 11-1, and if there’s another option like an 12-1 Big 12 champ and/or a steamrolling 12-1 Washington – but it’s still closer to being a lock than you might think.

13-0? Or 12-0, in the case of the Hurricanes?

Done.

Undefeated gets you in, and – if it comes down to it – that includes over a one-loss Big 12 champion, or a one-loss SEC runner-up, or a one-loss Notre Dame. Those teams could get in, too, in some way, but 13-0 is 13-0, and the committee would never, ever leave an unbeaten P5 team out for a team with one loss.

The 2014 Florida State Seminoles weren’t miserable, but they weren’t the same juggernaut of 2013. By the end of the year, Ohio State was better than FSU, Baylor was better, and TCU was definitely better.

The Jamies-led Noles kept winning game after game by the skins of their teeth, but they kept on winning. After being right on the cusp of potentially being left out in a not-one-of-the-four-best-teams sort of way – ranking fourth just over Ohio State in the next-to-last CFP rankings – they finished 13-0 and were in easily as the No. 3 team.

So, yes, even though I don’t think it’ll happen, at least allow for the possibility that Miami and/or Wisconsin will be in this thing.

After this crazy week, it’s the Big Ten East that followed Sir Brad into the Pit of Misery, but the conference as a whole is just fine as long as the Badgers keep on winning.

And the same goes for Miami. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that the Canes won’t be in this, but again, they’re a lock at 13-0, and they’re even in at 12-1 if they win the ACC title.

Did you see what they just did to a rock-solid Virginia Tech team? With this D, why can’t Miami beat the banged up Irish this week with everything on the line in Miami Gardens?

Miami can absolutely beat Notre Dame. And Virginia. And Pitt. And yes, Clemson in an ACC Championship.

The same goes for Wisconsin. Why are you assuming it’s going to lose?

I think it will at some point – it’s too hurt in too many key spots, and the lack of a downfield passing threat will be a problem – but despite what you saw against Ohio State, Iowa doesn’t have much of an offense, and neither does Michigan, and neither does Minnesota.

The Badgers can and probably will win those first two in Camp Randall, and then take down a punchless Gopher team in The Bank.

You want the comp? 2015 Iowa didn’t look all that great, but it got to the Big Ten title game 12-0, coming within a stop against Michigan State of going to the CFP. And this Wisconsin team is much, much stronger than those Hawkeyes were.

And like Miami vs. Clemson, why are you assuming Wisconsin is going to lose to Ohio State? Or Penn State? Or Michigan State? If Iowa could blast away on the Buckeyes, and if Michigan State could slow down the Nittany Lions, you don’t think the Badgers might have a shot?

But when it comes to the CFP, the whining will keep on coming about the mediocre schedules, especially when it comes to the Badgers.

You know who’s totally average? Syracuse, and it tagged Clemson.

Guess who’s also just okay? Iowa State, and it got Oklahoma in Norman and TCU in Ames.

Arizona State is no big whoop, and it shut down Washington.

It’s really, really, really, really hard to go unbeaten in a Power Five league, which is why only three teams have done it in the College Football Playoff era.

Again, it’s probably not going to happen. But even if you don’t like it, it’s true.

Only four teams right now control their own destinies. Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin and Miami.

1. Conference Race Breakdowns & What Will Happen
3. Could 11-1 Notre Dame Be Left Out Of The CFP?
4. Why Washington Will End Up In The College Football Playoff
5. If Baker Mayfield Stumbles, What Happens To The Heisman?
– College Football Playoff Tuesday Night Projection

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