For much of this week, the question in college football (other than “did Tennessee take lessons in stability from the Italian government?”) has been “what happens if Ohio State beats Wisconsin?”
Assuming that Oklahoma beats TCU (and the Sooners are a 7.5-point favorite, although SP+ projects a closer game), an Ohio State victory would mean a debate between Alabama and Ohio State for the last College Football Playoff spot. Two of the three dominant programs of the young Playoff era, coached by the two best coaches in college football, would be fighting for the fourth and final bid. One team would have a better record and less baggage in the loss column; the other would have a conference title and better wins.
If Alabama or Ohio State makes the playoff, that team could become the favorite. They are the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country according to SP+. They are No. 1 and No. 3 according to the Sagarin Predictor, with No. 2 Penn State out of the running. This is not college basketball, where the last weekend before the tournament is spent debating which 18-12 team should make the Big Dance to become cannon fodder. The Alabama-Ohio State argument would be important, because either team would have a very
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/12/2/16719178/wisconsin-georgia-college-football-playoff
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