20 College Football Teams Battle Their Way To Playoffs, Who Will Beat Alabama?
There are still a lot of things that could happen in the College Football Playoff rankings. The regular season games still have one more week. And, the 12-member selection committee is still capable of confusing and enraging college football fans.
According to New York Times, last Tuesday night the committee ranking listed Alabama in the first place followed by the State of Ohio in second. Michigan came in third and Clemson fourth. Oklahoma's strong 56-28 win versus West Virginia moved the Sooners from ninth to eight standing. Washington slid out of the elite top four. Clemson also slid downward from second to fourth place after its loss to Pittsburgh. And Ohio State catapulted fifth place to second. Michigan stayed at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa. Alabama remained secure in top spot garnering a 90 percent probability of making it to the playoffs.
The weekend, however, also gets the three aspiring teams tumbling down. The results took identical 20-percentage-point tolls on Michigan and Washington's CFP probabilities and lopped 9 points off of Clemson's as well. The past weekend has provided Louisville a strong clutch back into the playoff picture. If the Cardinals on Thursday night win out with Houston, they'd be marginally better than 50-50 to make the CFP.
Houston, however, is a tough opponent and is a threat to the Cardinals. Michigan's defeat only intensifies the pressure surrounding its game versus Ohio State on Nov. 26. Washington Post reported that given both teams blow its next opponent. The victorious party between Michigan and Ohio will be granted a place in CFP. This weekend should reveal oppositions that will resolve everything.
The paths of Big Ten East to the Pac-12 North, seconded by conference championship weekend, and then Selection Sunday will be known. The unpredictability of the game result and the College Football Playoff rankings will produce and exciting climax to this season.