Minutes after Alabama came from behind to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs, E(SEC)PN pundits began lobbying for #4 Georgia to stay in the playoff for a rematch against #1 Alabama. The question shifted from “Oklahoma or Ohio State?” to “should Georgia stay #4?” Truly, if we were to select the 4 “best” teams then Georgia may… Continue reading How close was Georgia?
Three playoff spots are locked-in: undefeated Notre Dame, undefeated Clemson, and the SEC Champion. Who takes the fourth spot? Only once (2014) in the last 15 years have more than 4 teams won a major conference (or, like the Irish, been independent) AND finished the season with 1 or fewer losses. If that happens again… Continue reading Oklahoma or Ohio State? and other Playoff Hopefuls
Who will play in the playoff this year? Will another team who lost its conference or couldn’t even win its division play? Will a team “skip” the “13th data point” and ease into a playoff spot? Last year’s National Champion Alabama team perhaps benefited by losing its biggest regular season game against Auburn and avoided… Continue reading Wild Card Game 2018
3 top 10 teams lose! but only a minor change to the playoff picture as Miami now shares the third playoff spot with Clemson, not Notre Dame. Central Florida and Notre Dame are still computer favorites for the fourth spot but neither is a lock if they win out and both face stiff competition getting… Continue reading Week 11 Playoff Picture
Ohio State and Penn State may have lost, but the playoffs haven’t changed much. Three spots are still occupied by Alabama-Georgia, Miami-Notre Dame, and Wisconsin (the only Big Ten team with fewer than 2 losses). That 4th spot? Clemson and Central Florida are close behind. The human committee would obviously favor the Defending National Champions… Continue reading Week 10 Playoff Picture
The SEC (Alabama-Georgia), Big Ten (OSU/PSU/Wisky), and Miami/Notre Dame have a hold on 3 playoff spots. What of the fourth? 1-loss non-champions: Georgia and Penn State form the second tier along with… an undefeated UCF from the “Power Six” American Athletic Conference. A 1-loss Clemson is in this tier too, as is a potentially surprising… Continue reading Week 9 Playoff Picture
Everyone’s a winner… except those who lost. 4 undefeated teams lost this week, and some teams’ playoff chances jumped considerably. Alabama and Georgia face the possibility of turning the SEC Championship into a meaningless exhibition game if both go 12-0 with a guaranteed fallback as a “visiting” playoff team. USC and Miami, already top contenders… Continue reading Week 7 Playoff Picture