There have been a lot of controversial College Football Playoff selections made in the tournament’s short history. But with so many good teams either still undefeated or looking like strong one-loss teams, there’s one nightmare scenario that could give the selection committee a very hard time.
USA Today columnist Dan Wolken outlined a realistic scenario with seven teams contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Wolken pointed to a scenario in which Ohio State and Clemson go 13-0 as conference champions, with Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma winning their respective conferences at 12-1. LSU would be 12-1 as SEC runner-up, and Alabama would be going 11-1 in the regular season.
It certainly wouldn’t be the craziest result, nor the most unrealistic scenario.
Still want to know what happens if we get to the end and it’s
Ohio State 13-0 (Big Ten champ)
Clemson 13-0 (ACC champ)
Georgia 12-1 (SEC champ)
Oregon 12-1 (Pac 12 champ)
Oklahoma 12-1 (Big 12 champ)
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 10, 2019
Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia would almost certainly get in, but then four teams would battle for the last spot.
Such a scenario would guarantee at least three very solid one-loss teams being left out. But it would at that scale.
The committee would have to decide between two Power Five conference champions. Or maybe they’d discuss whether LSU gets another shot at Georgia. Then again, maybe a team that didn’t even play in a conference title game (Alabama) deserves to get in.
It would be one tough argument to make, and one that even most people probably couldn’t agree on.
Expansion to the College Football Playoff really can’t come quickly enough…