Alright, it’s finally time for the Committee to decide which 4 teams will be competing for a national championship. Every team that was supposed to win was able to take care of business, and that leaves a big decision to make for the CFP Committee. I’m going to walk you through my thought process as well as what I believe that the Committee is looking at ahead of their selections.
The 1 Seed- This is a clear vote from any perspective you look at it, Alabama is the #1 team in college football. Are they beatable? Of course, they showed that last night against Georgia. They are also undefeated and the champions of the best conference in college football. While I think that any of the proposed possible 4 seeds could give Alabama a very close game, they do deserve the spot.
The 2 Seed- Though this one is a closer race, I still think that most would agree with Clemson at the #2 spot. They are also undefeated, and though I think that they will be exposed in the Playoff, they have earned the 2 seed based simply on that.
The 3 Seed- This is where things start to become controversial. I believe that Oklahoma should get the 3 spot due to a very potent offense and just 1 loss to a quality Texas team. This was very close for me between the 3 and 4 seed for the Sooners, but I decided to go with them based on their current ranking. I think that at the 5 spot, they would stay ahead of OSU in this scenario. The Committee will likely keep Notre Dame at the 3 spot because they have not lost since they were moved to the spot. It is VERY hard for the committee to move them out of the top 4. I think that there is potential for ND at 4, but I doubt that they will lower them below that.
The 4 Seed- This is the closest race for the 4 seed since OSU stole the spot from TCU and Baylor back in 2014. With that being said, Ohio State is the most deserving of this final spot. Georgia shouldn’t even be in contention after a second loss, and a lack of a conference title. Oklahoma is at 3 for me and I think that Notre Dame is a very over-hyped team without a signature win. The closest thing to that was a win over a poor Michigan team in week 1. This was of course before UM was able to become a dominant team, and ND has struggled against teams like Ball State and Vanderbilt. The Committee will likely put Oklahoma in that spot over OSU because they don’t see the Big 10 as strong as most people.
Trader’s Top 4: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Ohio State
Likely Playoff Rankings: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Notre Dame