With apologies to the Army-Navy game, we've reached the final week of the college football season and the playoff picture has suddenly gained some clarity. There are five teams with a definite path to the playoff.
Oklahoma looks like they are already in. With their win over Oklahoma State, the Sooners won the Big 12 and capped off a one-loss season. They are not going to somehow fall out of the top four.
If Clemson and Alabama win their respective conference championship games, they will both be in. The winner of the Big Ten Championship game between undefeated Iowa and a one-loss Michigan State will also be in regardless of who comes out on top.
Boom, there are your four teams. Simple right?
For anyone at all familiar with the sport of college football, however, you know that things are rarely ever simple. Upsets are always possible and that's where things could get interesting.
What happens if Clemson loses to North Carolina? Will the SEC bet shutout of the playoff if Alabama loses to Florida? What happens if both Clemson and Alabama lose?
Last season things looked pretty cut and dry heading into the final week. TCU was No. 4 and they blew out Iowa State in the final week of the season, yet Ohio State was still able to leapfrog them in the rankings. What surprise team has a chance to play their way into the top four this year?