With only one week remaining in the season, there remains little clarity in the race for the College Football Playoff.
It seems reasonably safe to assume that Alabama and Clemson will both be in with a win in their conference championship games. Ohio State is most likely in, but you can’t be sure because they will not be playing for the Big Ten championship. Let’s not forget, TCU fell from No. 3 to No. 6 after championship week because of their “shared” title with Baylor.
Do I think it Ohio State will drop out of the top four? No, but there is at least some precedent that shows it could happen.
And what happens with the Big Ten winner? That’s the biggest question mark heading into the final week.
In the previous rankings, Wisconsin was ranked No. 5. A win over Penn State will give them a top ten win and a championship over what has clearly been the best conference in the nation this season. The same goes for Penn State, except the Nittany Lions will also have a win over Ohio State. I’m not sure how the committee could leave them out at this point if they beat the Badgers.
But what about Washington? Coming into rivalry week, the Huskies were ranked No. 4. Will their strength of schedule bump them out of the final four in the final rankings? And is there any hope for Oklahoma?