8 TEAM FORMAT
If the format was based on all Power Five conference champions, a top Group of Five champ, and two wild-cards.
With the two wild card format, No. 7 LSU would be out – as of right now – with Washington State and UCF needing a spot. No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State would also be out.
No. 8 UCF vs. No. 1 Alabama
LSU would be mad it didn’t get in, but at least UCF would get what it wants – a shot at Alabama.
No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 2 Clemson
LSU would be really, really mad that it missed out for UCF and Washington State, but the Cougar offense vs. the Tigers would be a blast.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
This would be a wild and crazy firefight – the Sooners would probably be favored over the No. 3 team.
No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 4 Michigan
It’s what the people would want. The two defenses would get nasty from the start. For all of the good things Jim Harbaugh did this season, lose in the first round of this format, and he’d get honked at.