As we near the final College Football Playoff rankings, which will decide the four teams that get to play for a national title, Urban Meyer may have two of his former teams involved. That is how things would shake out for him today, if he had a vote.
Ahead of tonight’s penultimate rankings release, the top four may very well remain the same. Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, and Georgia all scored huge blowout wins.
Beyond those four, potential Pac-12 champion Utah, and Big 12 finalists Oklahoma and Baylor should have the best shot. Alabama and Minnesota both fall out of real contention with their losses to Auburn and Wisconsin, respectively.
The Big Ten and SEC Championships loom large, as Ohio State and LSU could probably still get in with losses. If the projected top two seeds beat Wisconsin and Georgia this weekend, it opens the door for Utah or one of the Big 12 teams.
Meyer and the rest of his FOX Sports colleagues each posted their current top fours. He, Matt Leinart, and Joel Klatt like Utah in the No. 4 spot, while Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn, and Rob Stone like Georgia at the moment.
All six have Ohio State as their national championship pick, which is a bit surprising given how dynamic LSU and Clemson have looked. The Buckeyes appear to be more balanced than LSU, and more proven than Clemson, which is the best argument for both.
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Urban Meyer is the only one with direct connections to any of these teams. He coached Ohio State through the end of last season, and before taking over Florida, led Utah to a 22-2 record over two seasons, including a Fiesta Bowl win over Pitt. One could argue that the 2004 Utes season set the stage for their eventual move up to the Pac-12.
The official College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.