College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, The Deep, Deep, DEEP Sleeper Is ...

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, The Deep, Deep, DEEP Sleeper Is ...

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, The Deep, Deep, DEEP Sleeper Is ...

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1. What this all really means …

There’s lots of arguments, lots of discussion, and a whole lot of hopes being built up for several fan bases, but the top six stayed the same, and the four College Football Playoff participants are likely going to come out of those four teams.

That’s not exactly shocking or any sort of amazing insight, but it’s been that way from the start, nothing changed all teams in the top six won in double-digit blowouts, and now it’s all about the conference championships.

Can there be any sort of hiccup? Can LSU shock Florida, or Arkansas pull off the upset of upsets over Alabama?

What if Ohio State doesn’t get into the Big Ten Championship, or loses whatever game it has left?

What happens if Texas A&M somehow gets tripped up at Tennessee in a few weeks?

Worst of all possible issues, what happens it there’s a major injury to a star, or an outbreak of COVID?

If there’s a problem with a team not being able to play in a conference championship, here’s how this works.

If it happens in the SEC, Alabama and Florida would be declared co-champions. In the ACC, Notre Dame would be declared the winner thanks to the unbeaten record and win over Clemson.

Iowa State would technically be the Big 12 champ because of the head-to-head win over Oklahoma and the better conference winning percentage, and the Pac-12 would go with the team ranked higher in the College Football Playoff rankings.

What does this mean to the College Football Playoff?

It’s the CFP committee’s job to take whatever it has to work with and decide on the four-best teams from there. Conference championship designations probably won’t matter.

Florida has to beat Alabama to get in, and it would be a big deal if Ohio State can’t play another game next week for some reason.

The ACC, though, would be fine – the CFP would go with Notre Dame and Clemson if the championship can’t be played.

But for this week, the top six is the top six. It probably will be next week, too.

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