There is no two-loss team that will be in the College Football Playoff come January.
With just three games remaining on No. 7 Oregon’s (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) conference schedule and the first CFB Playoff rankings out, let the speculations begin regarding who will be the last four teams standing with a chance for a National Championship.
Let’s take a glance at the first CFB rankings (through Oregon):
1. Ohio State (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. Alabama (8-0)
4. Penn State (8-0)
5. Clemson (9-0)
6. Georgia (7-1)
7. Oregon (8-1)
On the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast, hosts Jordan Kent and Anthony Newman break down specific scenarios the Ducks could be in come December.
“A one-loss Pac-12 champion gets into the College Football Playoff. You will not see a one-loss SEC or Big Ten team that did not play in their conference championship game leapfrog a one-loss Pac-12 champion,” said Kent.
Here's a scenario: First, Alabama loses to LSU on Saturday and then will not play in the SEC championship game. Then, Oregon defeats Utah in the Pac-12 title game. So, does a one-loss Alabama team jump Oregon for the potential fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff?
“If an Alabama team with one loss who doesn’t earn its way into its conference championship game deserves to go, you’re basically assuming if Alabama played in that conference championship game, they would win. They wouldn’t have another loss on their resume. That’s the risk you run when you do go to these conference championships. You have a chance to get loss number two.”
Why would it be beneficial not to play in that game?
In a year where the Pac-12 North was down (underwhelming performances from Washington, Washington State and Stanford), Oregon still took care of business on the road at UW, USC and their only loss came to an eventual top-10 team in Auburn.
Will that, and potentially a Pac-12 championship, be enough to pass both the resume and “eye test” for the CFB Playoff committee?
Listen to the full Talkin’ Ducks Podcast below:
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