19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 1 Five College Football Playoff Scenarios

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 1 Five College Football Playoff Scenarios

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 1 Five College Football Playoff Scenarios


19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 1. Five preseason College Football Playoff scenarios

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Let’s just cut to the chase … how’s this movie going to end?

The College Football Playoff system has its flaws – big, giant, juicy ones – but there’s no finishing seventh in your conference and getting hot for a few weeks on the way to a title. There’s no 68-team field, there’s no sucking all year and sneaking into an eighth-seed, and there’s no such thing as a cheap College Football Playoff champion.

There’s also no gimmick factor that destroys any need to care about a single moment of the regular season – looking at you, college basketball, the NHL and NBA.

Okay, so the CFP has turned the bowl season into an exhibition that’s totally skippable by coaches moving on to other gigs and NFL prospects who don’t want to get hurt, but that’s the price to pay for a true playoff.

It’s the show, and it’s where everyone wants to be on Saturday, December 28, and especially on January 13th in New Orleans.

Here are five scenarios for how this is all going to go, starting with the chalk, finishing with the likely, and with a few wish lists in between.

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5. College Football Playoff Scenario: The Chalk

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma

They’re four of the best programs going at the moment – put Georgia in there as a close fifth – from the Power Five conferences, the Pac-12 gets left out, the Group of Five is an afterthought, there’s no arguing about two teams getting in from the same conference, there’s no debate about Notre Dame, and …


America might need something else. The College Football Playoff could use an infusion of new fan bases and a bit of a reboot after last year’s total clunker of a tournament.

Is it time to move on past Alabama and Clemson? Maybe, considering it’s a little ho-hum when those two are ripping through everything in their respective paths on the way to an inevitable conclusion. But to see the best of the best do their thing, Round Five would still be something special. Take a deep breath for a moment …

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma would, of course, be sort of awesome.

These are the superstars in the battle of the bigs, and as we’ve seen so far, the CFP is normally at its best when its heavyweight vs. heavyweight.

It’s not a whole lot of fun when there’s a cute story team that gets in – like Notre Dame last year, Michigan State at the end of the 2015 season, and Washington in 2016 – and then gets annihilated.

Superpower battles don’t ensure anything – last year’s national championship proved that – but at least there’s a better chance of the 2018 thriller between Alabama and Georgia or the two Deshaun Watson vs. Alabama classics.

But picking those four to get in is easy, so let’s go with …

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