College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: 5 Things We Learned. Utah vs. Big 12 Fight

College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: 5 Things We Learned. Utah vs. Big 12 Fight

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: 5 Things We Learned. Utah vs. Big 12 Fight

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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.

Rapid First First Reaction
Big 12 vs. Utah
The known unknown is …
Penn State love

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