What It All Means: Week 6
Is this really happening? Are we really going to get a crazy College Football Playoff?
Probably not. This is starting to look a whole lot like 2019 LSU and 2020 Alabama when it comes to 2021 Georgia – the Dawg D might be the equivalent of those respective Tiger and Tide Os – but …
WIth Texas A&M’s win over Alabama, there’s now a real, live chance the College Football Playoff could be without anyone who won a national championship- at least recently.
No two-loss team has ever made it in. Realistically, you have to win your Power Five conference championship and be no worse than 12-1. Do that, especially this year, and the College Football Playoff will love you.
Clemson is effectively out with two losses, and it would take Ohio State to lose another game to be done, but we’re not halfway through the season and three of the supposed sure-things for the CFP are already hit with at least one defeat.
To make this even more interesting, let’s say Ohio State ends up losing one more game and Alabama drops a date anywhere else – including in the SEC Championship.
Auburn is out, LSU is 3-3, Florida is realistically done, Texas is done, USC is long gone, and Miami and Florida State were instantly out.
Tennessee and Nebraska weren’t ever contenders, and neither were Washington, Georgia Tech, and Colorado.
That means, at the moment – be it realistic or not – Michigan State (the last national title was 1966), Georgia (1980), Penn State (1986), Notre Dame (1988), Michigan (1997), and Ole Miss (sort of in 1960) are the only other teams still alive other than Alabama and Ohio State who have won a national championship acknowledged by the NCAA, and it’s been a while for all of them.
Iowa? Kentucky? Never.
Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, and Wake Forest? Never.
NC State could win out, take the ACC Championship, and at 12-1 be in. The same goes for Arizona State and Oregon when it comes to their respective Pac-12 title hopes – neither one has won a national title.
It’s almost certainly not going to happen, but with one loss, Baylor and Boston College are still alive for the CFP, too.
Fine, so the 2021 season’s College Football Playoff will probably be a mix of Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and Oklahoma – with maybe three of them and some new team in the mix – but Texas A&M just changed the game, just like Oregon changed it up with a win over Ohio State a few weeks ago.
The table is now set. One more bad day by the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide – and depending on what Oklahoma does – and college football might have a new national champion for the first time in over 40 years.