Every College Football Playoff Scenario Heading Into Championship Week
The final weekend of the college football season is upon us with six games to determine conference champions and decide the fate of the College Football Playoff. Teams 1-5 are in action, but #6 Notre Dame still has a path into the Top-4. Here’s a look at this weekend’s schedule, as well as our CFB Playoff scenario cheat sheet.
Pac-12: #10 Oregon vs. #17 Utah (Fri. 8:00 pm)
Big 12: #9 Baylor vs. #5 Oklahoma State (Sat. Noon)
SEC: #1 Georgia vs. #3 Alabama (Sat. 4:00 pm)
AAC: #21 Houston vs. #4 Cincinnati (Sat. 4:00 pm)
Big Ten: #2 Michigan vs. #13 Iowa (Sat. 8:00 pm)
ACC: #15 Pittsburgh vs. #16 Wake Forest (Sat. 8:00 pm)
CFB Playoff Scenarios
The Top-4: Expect #1 Georgia, #2 Michigan and #4 Cincinnati all “in” with wins in their respective championship games. A win for #3 Alabama would secure a spot for the Crimson Tide, but it not push Georgia out of the Top-4.
#5 Oklahoma State: The Cowboys should crack the top-4 with a win against Baylor and a loss by either #2 Michigan, #3 Alabama or #4 Cincinnati. Their fate likely hinges on a victory and the outcome of the SEC title game.
#6 Notre Dame: The Irish aren’t in action this weekend, and they’ll need a golden dome prayer to move up. They’ll need at least two of the top-5 to lose, specifically #5 Oklahoma State and one of the teams seeded 2-4.
Teams 7-10: Miracles needed. Both #7 Ohio State and #8 Ole Miss are two-loss teams without the benefit of a conference championship, so they’re out. Consider #9 Baylor and #10 Oregon massive long shots, even if they blow out their opponents and look good doing it.
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