Clemson controls fate on wildest College Football Playoff day yet

For the past two years, college football’s selection Sunday has been simple. There have been no legitimate controversies. Debates haven’t been necessary.

It could be that way again.

If the top four teams in the country win their respective conference championship games Saturday, the participants of the College Football Playoff will be known before the announcements are made.

But even in this new era, mayhem always is looming.

At minimum, eight teams are in position to reach the playoff, and at least one upset would need to occur in one of the best slates of conference championship games ever — the Power Five matchups all include teams ranked in the top 12 — for the selection committee to avoid having to make a decision or two that would be guaranteed to be criticized.

Here’s what’s at stake and what the playoff field could look like after Saturday:

ACC — No. 1 Clemson (11-1) vs. No. 7 Miami (10-1), in Charlotte, N.C.

The winner is in. Even with last week’s upset loss to Pittsburgh, the Hurricanes already have won double-digit games for the first time since 2003 and would reach the playoff with their first ACC title behind second-year coach Mark Richt. The Tigers, however, might have a shot to defend their national title even if they lose. Should Clemson fail to claim its third straight conference

Article source: https://nypost.com/2017/12/01/clemson-controls-fate-on-wildest-college-football-playoff-day-yet/

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