3. College Football Playoff Scenario: The Nuclear Option
Alabama, Miami, TCU, Wisconsin
Or, Clemson, and any three random CFP newbies you can name.
In five years of the College Football Playoff and with 20 total spots taken up, there’s one doomsday scenario we haven’t yet experienced.
The conference championship upset shocker.
It almost happened in 2015 when an unbeaten-but-flawed 12-0 Iowa team was one defensive stop against Michigan State away from going to the College Football Playoff – where it would’ve been blown out by a gajillion against Alabama – but that wouldn’t have been that crazy.
For example, Miami, TCU and Wisconsin could all end up in their respective conference title games against the big boys. What if the Canes shock Clemson? What would happen if the Horned Frogs pulled it off against Oklahoma, and if Bucky finally finished the drill against a great Ohio State team?
What if a bulk of the title game favorites get whacked, and some conference championship underdogs take up three of the top four spots, and Alabama takes the other?
Or, what if Clemson gets in, and the other three teams are upstarts?
Last year’s CFP turned into The Clemson Invitational, but that was an aberration considering how great the other four national titles were.
It’s the one thing the playoff people absolutely don’t want to see again – two ugly blowouts by the eventual national champion.
But let’s put this plane down in the land of the real, and …