Three CFP Tickets Punched; Guess Who's Vying for the Fourth
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According to the bookmakers, every favorite covered in the conference championship games that mattered to the College Football Playoff's Selection Committee.
So did UCF, which unfortunately doesn't.
Clemson, Georgia, and Oklahoma blasted their way into the CFP bracket.
Wisconsin didn't, as good ol' two-loss Ohio State earned the Big Ten title.
So here we go. Again.
Let's take a moment and do what the Alabama Crimson Tide did.
Which is what we were doing, anyway: Checking out the action to see where the opening would appear.
Definitely not in the Big XII championship, where Oklahoma obliterated TCU, 41-17, to leave no doubt as to their immediate future.
The Georgia Bulldogs seemed to take Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's analysis of their first meeting personally.
After their dominant 28-7 beatdown, seems like the dog crap's under the other shoe now:
Dabo Sweeney spent serious time reviewing video to see what Pittsburgh did to throttle Miami. Dude obviously found a few items.
Combine that with the Tigers' talent, and the havoc wrought upon the Hurricanes was devastating, to the tune of 38-3:
So, that left the Big Ten title tilt, where Wisconsin was undefeated but Ohio State was a 5.5-point favorite.
After a day of blowouts, it was damn considerate of Urban Meyer to keep JT Barrett in there so we'd get to see a close game:
Gotta say, despite the 27-21 score, the Buckeyes also won the highly subjective and usually unfair eye test.
With that in mind, it definitely looked this weekend like the two-loss USC Trojans had a tougher opponent in Stanford than Ohio State did in Wisconsin.
Yes it does.
As in the Crimson Tide sitting at home with one loss but no hardware.
The assumption from here is that Ohio State beating somebody is better than Bama beating nobody, which is what they were doing for most of the season.
Then again, so were the Buckeyes.