It feels weird to say that we are already to the mid-season point for many teams. Just yesterday, we were watching Week 0 games just because it meant football was back. Now, we are beginning to obtain a clearer picture of who the contenders are for the College Football Playoff.
That being said, nothing is ever set in stone. What if chaos strikes? Could we end up with the most stereotypical playoff to date? Maybe all new teams? In a more lighthearted piece to take away from the seriousness of the season, let’s take a look at all the fun and wacky scenarios that could manifest themselves in the College Football Playoff.
Disclaimer: The majority of these are not to be taken seriously, but I try to constrain each scenario to one that could still technically yield playoff teams.
Alabama vs Clemson IV: Electric Boogaloo
Explanation: Four undefeated conference champions and another Alabama-Clemson rematch. Is it boring? Yep. Does it make it easy for the committee? Absolutely. Would this still make for an incredible playoff between four of college football’s most elite programs? You betcha.
Buckeye quarterback Cajun Chaos
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 LSU
Championship: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 3 LSU
Explanation: Bayou gone wild. LSU drops their cross-division game versus Georgia, but go on to beat Alabama. The Tigers then get revenge in the SEC title against the Bulldogs, and Coach O and Ohio’s Joe Burrow are on their way to their first playoff birth. The Tigers and Buckeyes advance to send Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow to the national championship.
The National Nightmare
No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Alabama
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 LSU
Championship: No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson
Explanation: I feel dirty for even writing this. Three SEC teams in the College Football Playoff. Will it happen?
No Almost surely not. What would it take? The PAC-12 and Big 12 eat themselves alive. Ohio State goes 11-1 with a loss to Purdue, and are beaten by 3-loss Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. LSU loses to Georgia and beats Alabama. The Tigers then knock off undefeated Georgia in the SEC Championship. This leaves 11-1 Alabama, 12-1 LSU and 12-1 Georgia. We already saw what the committee does with an Alabama team that does not win their division. Then, the cherry on top: no nightmare would be complete without another Alabama vs. Clemson.
All of the newcomers
Explanation: Will Grier goes off for the Heisman and leads West Virginia to a Big 12 title. LSU does what I explained earlier and goes on to win the SEC. Michigan wins out with their sole loss being the first weekend to Notre Dame. With UCF already being ranked in the top 13, I would actually give them a reasonable chance of making it this season if they win out. I would have to think that the committee could not leave out a team sitting on a 24-0 streak. Otherwise, the Group of 5 might as well create their own playoff.
The most storylines?
Explanation: Think of all of the storylines. Alabama and Ohio State: two of the most dominant programs in modern college football. A rematch of the 2014 Sugar Bowl that sent the Buckeyes on their way to becoming the first CFP national champions. In the other game, ‘Catholics vs. Convicts’ between the Fighting Irish and Hurricanes. The Irish in this scenario would be coming in at 12-0, and Miami at 12-1. Then, a rematch of the 2002 national title between Ohio State and Miami. Perhaps another 2OT game that includes a controversial call for Miami at the end of regulation and one for the Buckeyes in overtime? Yes please.
Explanation: The basketball schools invade college football! Kentucky finishes undefeated and is rewarded with a rivalry game against 12-1 Indiana. Duke beats Clemson in the ACC title game to face undefeated Cincinnati. Then, we are rewarded with the college football championship we wall want: Kentucky vs. Duke.
In all reality, the College Football Playoff will end with something similar to the very first one listed in this article. That being said, there is still a long way to go. I, for one, would welcome the chaos.
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