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ESPN Analyst Has Bold College Football Playoff Prediction After Oklahoma's Loss

Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts falls into the end zone at Kansas State.

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners scores a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Oklahoma lost to Kansas State on Saturday, severely damaging its chances at qualifying for the College Football Playoff later this year. One ESPN analyst thinks we're headed towards one league getting two teams in the field as a result.

Ryan Clark believes that Oklahoma's loss means that both LSU and Alabama are going to wind up in the College Football Playoff. He thinks the loser of a close game between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide still makes it.

Clark doesn't list out the other two potential teams - but you'd have to imagine they're Ohio State and Clemson. The Buckeyes and the Tigers are both undefeated at the moment.

A one-loss LSU/Alabama getting in over a one-loss Oklahoma (or a one-loss Oregon) would certainly be controversial. But that doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

Alabama will possibly be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa when the two schools meet in two weeks. If they're able to keep it close, the committee could factor that in as well.

Regardless, Oklahoma needs to win out to give itself any kind of shot of getting in.

If the SEC were to get two teams in, it wouldn't be the first time. Alabama and Georgia both made it two years ago - and played for the national championship.