There are currently six teams with good chances to make the College Football Playoff, entering this weekend's conference title games. Notre Dame is probably already in barring a crazy committee decision, while Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State have the opportunity to play themselves in. Some need more help than others.
This year's semifinal games will be played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Cotton Bowl in Arlington.
The selection committee will not only unveil its four playoff teams on Sunday, but it also chooses where those match-ups will take place based on location.
The No. 1 seed, likely Alabama with a win over Georgia, is right between the two sites, and could play in either. The four-seed that it faces will likely determine whether Crimson Tide fans have to book trips down to South Beach or over to the DFW metroplex.
The College Football Playoff four-seed has a big impact, both on where Alabama football will play, as well as the location of the projected Clemson-Notre Dame game.
If things hold serve right now, and the favorites sweep on Saturday, the Playoff will look like this:
- Notre Dame
Alabama-Oklahoma would be played at the Orange Bowl, due to Oklahoma's close proximity to the Cotton Bowl. Clemson-Notre Dame would head to the Dallas area.
If Ohio State wins and Oklahoma loses, or the Buckeyes jump the Sooners for the four-seed in another manner, Alabama-Ohio State would probably head to the Cotton Bowl, with Clemson-Notre Dame in Miami.
There is no guarantee that Alabama is No. 1 come Sunday, of course. If the Tide lose and Clemson claims the spot, the Tigers would probably be placed in the Orange Bowl.
Of course, beyond that, there are still a ton of permutations that bring specific location challenges. However things shake out, I have to imagine Notre Dame fans are fine with wherever the committee sends them after a 12-0 regular season.