Well, now what? It seemed like the College Football Playoff chase was headed toward a predictable conclusion. Then Oregon loses to 5-5 Arizona State and everything is now up in the air.
Let’s try to make sense of this thing. Clemson is making it. The Big Ten champion – unless it is Wisconsin – is going to make it. The SEC champion is going to make it unless Georgia loses to Georgia Tech this week.
So which team takes the fourth spot? There’s the Big 12 champion – either Baylor or Oklahoma. There’s possibly an 11-1 Alabama if the Tide can get by Auburn. There’s the chance LSU or Ohio State lose in their conference title games and still get in.
And then there’s Utah. The Utes likely will move up to No. 6 in the committee rankings this week, right behind Georgia and Alabama. Wins against Colorado and Oregon would give them a good enough resume to move past those two teams and hold off an Oklahoma. The question is whether their lack of brand names overcomes the other contenders. But the play on the field – especially lately – has been good enough that it should convince committee to put them in.
A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick. Teams in bold have accepted berths.
SOURCE: USA Today, Erick Smith