1. What this all really means …
Let’s just cut through all of the hoo-ha.
What’s really the deal here?
Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Georgia and Minnesota. Those five teams can all control their respective fates. Win out – of course, that counts the Minnesota-Ohio State winner – and get in.
Alabama needs to blow away Auburn, but even then, the resumé just isn’t all that great. The College Football Playoff committee would have to set a new precedent by putting in a that didn’t even win its own division over a team that went 12-1 with a Power Five championship.
Utah can still lose to Oregon.
Oklahoma could absolutely lose to Oklahoma State this weekend and/or to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship, and Baylor could absolutely lose in the rematch to OU.
And Alabama could absolutely lose to Auburn.
There’s a chance that this is all crisp and clean with no caffeine, with LSU, Ohio State and Clemson all unbeaten, and the only other option a 12-1 Big 12 champ or a 12-1 Utah.
And there’s a chance that this all goes kablooey with something we haven’t seen so far in the College Football Playoff era – a big upset in a conference title game.
It’s not all going to get sorted out after this weekend – at least, that’s hopefully not the case.
The more fun, and the more teams still in this, the better.