The opening College Football Playoff Rankings definitely shed an interesting light on the outlook for the rest of the season.
To start the rankings, the Playoff Committee went with a top-four that consisted of two B1G and two SEC teams. The order was Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, and Penn State. The first two teams out were Clemson and Georgia.
Obviously, the interesting set up in the rankings is that Ohio State must play Penn State and Alabama must play LSU. On one hand, it sets up the Committee to shake up the rankings when those teams play. On the other hand, it creates a real possibility that those four teams play their way into the final four via those head-to-head matchups.
It seems to be universally acknowledged that an undefeated Clemson team will make the top four, regardless of a weak schedule. However, a one-loss Clemson team opens up the top four in an interesting way.
According to Klatt, one loss for Clemson makes it a very real possibility that two B1G teams make the Playoff alongside two SEC teams:
“That’s the conference no one is talking about,” said Klatt in reference to the B1G. “There’s an actual scenario where we have a four-team Playoff of two SEC teams and two B1G teams. And I don’t think that that’s completely out of the stretch of reality. All that has to happen: Clemson stubs their toe one time, and you’ve got a really good chance that you’re going to have Penn State, Ohio State, LSU, and Alabama all in the Playoff, pending how those head-to-head games go.”
Here’s Klatt’s segment from FOX College Football where he breaks down that scenario and answers other questions from fans:
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 8, 2019