As we head into the final regular season of college football, questions remain. Will the College Football Playoff committee decide to reward Ohio State even though the Buckeyes will have played no Top 10 ranked team and will have not played more than 6 games? Also, will both Notre Dame and Clemson get into the playoffs even if each has a loss on their record? Keep reading for answers to the most important questions heading into the final week of action. That said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep making your bets against their NCAAF odds.
NCAA Football COVID-19 Update – December 14th Edition
2020 NCAAF Fall Season
- When: Sep. 3 – Dec. 19
2021 College Football National Championship Odds
- Alabama -140
- Notre Dame +800
- Clemson +260
- Ohio State +470
Does LSU’s win over Florida open the door for Ohio State?
In Week 15, the defending national champion Louisiana State Tigers knocked off SEC East Division champion Florida knocking the Gators from CFP contention. With Florida out, the door may have opened a crack for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Already, representatives from the ACC and SEC, including Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, have said the Buckeyes shouldn’t get a nod to the playoffs even if they beat Northwestern in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 19. Swinney and the rest have a point.
Ohio State, should they win, will have won 6 games. The Buckeyes will have beaten a couple of ranked teams, but neither, not Indiana or Northwestern, figures to finish in the Top 10. Heck, Ohio State’s conference, the Big Ten, had to change the rules just so the Buckeyes could make it to the conference championship.
For Ohio State, it doesn’t look good. If the College Football Playoff committee truly wants to make things fair, they’ll disregard the Buckeyes and give the nod to the Texas A&M Aggies, should the Aggies beat the Tennessee Volunteers.
But, let’s be honest, Ohio State has a soft sport in the heart’s of CFP selectors. They always have. So, don’t surprised if the Aggies with 9 wins and one loss, which happened against the nation’s top team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, doesn’t get to play for a title.
Alabama and Notre Dame are locks
While nobody is sure if the committee will select Ohio State or Texas A&M, one thing is for sure, Alabama and Notre Dame are locks. Even if Clemson beats the Fighting Irish on Saturday, the Golden Domers should notch their ticket to the College Football Playoff.
Notre Dame has done enough to get the call. Alabama won’t lose to Florida and if for some miraculous reason the Gators pull off the upset, the Crimson Tide would still get a chance to play for the national championship.
The Clemson Tigers are a different story. Over the weekend, Swinney tried to make the argument that even if Notre Dame beat the Tigers for the second time this season, Clemson deserved a spot in the top four.
Swinney could end all doubts by beating Notre Dame. If the Irish take down the Tigers for a second time, it will be hard for the selection committee to include Clemson. Swinney’s squad is great, and Trevor Lawrence is the best player in college football, but the ACC after Notre Dame and Clemson is terrible.
Pitt and Boston College said they won’t participate in bowls this season
Neither was a guarantee to get a call to play in a bowl, but by saying they’re sitting out, they relieve pressure from bowl committees looking to play towards the end of the year. Nobody knows which bowl games will continue as planned because the pandemic appears out of control.
Next Sunday on Dec. 19, committees must decide on who will play in their respective bowls. The College Football Playoff also makes it’s decision on the top four.
Have a great week!