There are no more games to play. Now, for the College Football Playoff hopeful, it's time to wait. Alabama and…
There are no more games to play. Now, for the College Football Playoff hopeful, it’s time to wait.
Alabama and Clemson won their conference championships and became unscathed. Notre Dame went undefeated with four wins against ranked teams. While nothing is guaranteed now, it is safe to say that the law should be on the field, came on Sunday.
It leaves a place and three strong leaders.
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Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State … all have solid cases. In front of Sunday’s exhibition show – as you can watch Sunday dinner at ESPN ̵
1; let’s take a look at each of their current CFP rankings:
The Bulldogs had nightmarish déjà vu in the SEC championship. They led Alabama in half-time and then watched backup quarterback erase as lead and confetti fall for Crimson Tide. But how much should a possession loss for Law No. 1 in the nation affect Georgia’s ranking?
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Although the final score does not fall, Georgia sets the second highest point Alabama has allowed the year and made Tua Tagovailoa watch the pedestrian , holding him 10 to 25 for 164 meters and forcing two interceptions – a performance that no other team has made this season. Yes, Tagovailoa left the game with an injury, but undoubtedly he had his worst game of the year while he was on the field.
With the loss, Georgia fell to 11-2, went 3-2 against ranked teams. But the two losses came against two of the current top 10 squads, and both came from home. This state from College Gamedays Chris Fallica adds even more importance to this record:
The simple fact is that no team has ever made College Football Playoff with two losses. If a team were to break that stretch, Bulldogs is a good candidate, but it’s a tough state to overcome, especially with two one-loss conference champions hot on their heels.
In Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma made its only loss of the season and hit Texas 39-27. With this win, Sooners has now won every team on schedule, with the only loss that comes with three points in a neutral game.
One of the main arguments against Oklahoma is that they do not have as many signature gains as Georgia or Ohio State. The Sooners were 2-1 against ranked teams this year and lost to Texas in October, then beat West Virginia and Texas to finish the season. But again Oklahoma scored every team on its schedule. Is it their fault that their opponents were not better?
Another battle against Oklahoma this year has been the team’s defense. Before the Big 12 championship game, Sooners allows 32.3 points per game – the 31st highest in all FBS. In their two ranked games they had given up 48 points and 56 points. They had made 45 and 59 in the two matches. Not a good look.
But to Texas, Sooner’s Defense showed. Oklahoma shutout Longhorns in the fourth quarter, holding them only 27 total points – four during Texas season.
There was a strong final reason for the committee. If that defense can appear alongside one of the most powerful crimes in all college football, Oklahoma is a tough match for all. But that’s a big deal.
Let’s get the sharp spot out of the way just outside the bat: The 49-20 loss of the Orange Purdue. Ohio State is the only one of these three teams to lose to an unfair opponent. But that loss is not as bad as it seems on paper. Buckeyes played his worst offensive game this season and was heading for a team that went 3-0 against ranked opponents this year.
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In addition, a loss for an unmatched team is not a major problem in the eyes of the JRC Committee, historically. Nine of the 16 previous CFP teams lost against an uncontested opponent. Two of them (Ohio State 2014 and Clemson in 2017) even went to win the national championship.
And Ohio State has done everything to compensate for that loss since. Buckeyes may be one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Let’s summarize their last four matches:
The victory over Northwestern made for five wins against the Ohio State team this year – more than Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia or Oklahoma. Difficult to terminate it.