Well, folks, it took me a couple days to completely process what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. This past weekend I witnessed something unfold and realized a lot through such a short time so far this season, so I am going to break down that rather than replaying the games.
The Undefeated Scenario
Right now, at the present time, we have Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, UCF, NC State, Colorado, Cincinnati, Clemson, Ohio State, West Virginia, USF, LSU, and Notre Dame. Granted not all of those teams are going to be undefeated by the time the playoff committee has to come to a decision in the later part of the year. So, I am going to give you my speculation on the teams who will remain; Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson, and UCF if I had to pick a few. With that being said I see six teams there undefeated, but we can only take four? Alabama is in due to the eye test and that point would’ve beaten three top 10 teams, Oklahoma would have to be in also due to the number of ranked teams they would’ve beaten, Notre Dame has to get in because they beat Stanford, USC, Michigan, and Va. Tech and Ohio State would have to get in due to beating TCU and Penn State on the road and winning the second best conference in the country. That leaves out Clemson who two years ago won the title, has one of the best coaches in the country and would’ve done everything you asked them to do. The downside is they have the worst strength of schedule and would win the worst conference out of the Power Five. For the second straight year, you would tell UCF no, even though that would be two straight undefeated seasons and winning a New Year’s Six bowl against Auburn last year, all because they don’t have a tough schedule and they’re not a Power Five. That’s only one scenario. Let’s dive even deeper.
The One Loss Alabama Team
Now surely even if Alabama loses one game it shouldn’t diminish their chances at going to the College Football Playoff, right. Let’s look at that. Alabama has to play LSU on November 3rd and host Auburn on November 24th. What happens if they lose to LSU and LSU goes undefeated losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship? Are you then going to put Alabama in over LSU and another undefeated team? Let’s make it simpler. What happens if Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC Championship, once again are you going to put Alabama in over an undefeated team. The only team that deserved to be in the playoff that actually got penalized for losing was the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes and that’s not biased, I am pretty sure every human being that knows anything about football understands that potentially was one of the greatest college football teams ever.
The sad reality of all of this is the fact that if any other team loses one game and the rest are undefeated they’re immediately eliminated. Alabama, on the other hand, is God’s gift to Earth so this rule does and never will apply to them. Regardless, the system is flawed and still each year there is a controversy that makes the nation scratch their heads wondering who the true National Champion is. The committee needs to expand to eight teams, immediately. More money and the regular season will remain how it is. Nobody really plays anybody that isn’t in there conference anyways. With that format here is the matchups we would have (according to my top 8):
#1 Alabama vs. #8 West Virginia
#2 Ohio State vs. #7 LSU
#3 Notre Dame vs. #6 Clemson
#4 Georgia vs. #5 Oklahoma
Now also all of these teams won’t be in my top eight come season ends due to the fact they will play each other head to head, but you get my point. That’s exciting just looking at it. Hopefully, the committee will evaluate this and move forward in making this the norm.