Will SEC get two teams into college football playoffs? (updated)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, here watching his players warm up for a spring game, is blocking the potential transfer of a player to Georgia (Vasha Hunt/ AL.com)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is in position to win his fifth national championship in Tuscaloosa. (Vasha Hunt/ AL.com)

It’s College Football Rankings playoff time, or as the rest of the nation and possibly Donald Trump would say, “It’s rigged for the SEC.”

Because Texas A&M is No. 4 over unbeaten Washington. (Really?)

Because a two-loss Auburn team is sitting in striking distances at No. 9. (Really?)

The first official playoff rankings were released Tuesday night. As expected Alabama (8-0) was ranked No. 1. From there, everybody drove down the mountain approximately 3,000 feet in elevation before getting to No. 2 Clemson (8-0), No. 3 Michigan (8-0) and No. 4 Texas A&M (7-1).

The Peach Bowl hosts a playoff semifinal this season in the Georgia Dome. If the playoffs opened today, that game would match two SEC West teams: Alabama vs. Texas A&M. The Aggies (whose only loss came to Alabama) were ranked ahead of unbeaten Washington (8-0), the likely Pac-12 champion. So you can imagine how this is going over in the Pacific time zone.

(UPDATE: If the playoffs opened today, Alabama would be favored by 13½ points over Texas A&M and at least a touchdown over any other playoff team, according to Pregame.com)

Wait, it gets even better. There’s a general consensus that if the Huskies win out and win the conference title game, they somehow will crack the top four. But if Clemson and Michigan also win out and stay unbeaten, they’re locks, right? Meanwhile, Washington has only one ranked opponent left in the regular season (No. 25 Washington State). It’s likely Pac-12 conference title opponents will be No. 15 Colorado or No. 16 Utah.

So imagine this: Texas A&M sweeps its final four games (at Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas-San Antonio and No. 13 LSU). How could the playoff rankings committee justify jumping Washington over the Aggies?

Here’s another scenario: No. 9 Auburn beats Alabama in the regular season finale but there’s a three-way-tie between Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M at 7-1. Auburn will have beaten Alabama; Alabama will have beaten Texas A&M; Texas A&M will have beaten Auburn. I don’t want to get into all of the tiebreaker scenariors but would the committee consider two of those teams playoff worthy or only if one of them goes on to win the conference title?

It seems less likely that any other conference could get two teams into the playoffs. In the Big Ten, Michigan may not have a strong enough strength of schedule to withstand potentially losing to Ohio State and remaining in the top four. No. 8 Wisconsin already has lost to both and doesn’t have a ranked opponent left.

In the ACC, No. 2 Clemson is followed by No. 7 Louisville but the Cardinals have already lost that matchup and has four weak opponents remaining (Boston College, Wake Forest, Houston, Kentucky). The ACC had better hope Clemson doesn’t get upset somewhere along the way or in the ACC championship game by North Carolina or Virginia Tech because otherwise the conference may be left without an entry in the playoffs (unless there are other upsets).

In the Big 12 … well, never mind. It’s clear nobody cares about the Big 12.

So the SEC is sitting in a pretty nice position today. It would seem not much has changed.

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OH:IO
OH:IO

"Big" wally has small hands. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  classy.

TOJacket said he has never complained about your 'shortcomings'.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

"Child" "15" will be watching the UGA game with butt hurt rage Saturday night. UGA wins in his head everyday. Hahahahaha!

TOHIO forever!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Did Penn state just block another kick TOHIO?

"Child"..."15". Hahaha called out by another nerd. Now that is funny.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

When you lose 13 of 15 to a program and are OWNED does it not sink in with a nerd that you only look worse trying to down play said program?

Learn sports nerds and it might sink in what a joke you are to the dawgs.

8-0 at the joke

13 of 15

Come post something when you win anything and i mean anything against UGA.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

TOHIO posting by themselves as usual.

Dawg butt hurt continues.

13 of 15 does that to a nerd.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Can't wait to watch UNC throttle the nerds this weekend and ruin their high over 3 point win over Duke snapping a two year losing streak.

UGA beat UNC.

@eidsonb
@eidsonb

Lawd this is first class entertainment right here.   Can only get better if there is a loss to Kentucky.  

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Nothing is more entertaining than the last saturday in November techie.

13-2

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; Don't forget about Art Schlicter.  He has his prison team playing for the convicts championship.

Mean Machine,

Mean Machine,

Mean Machine

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Ezekiel Elliott???

You mean the latest low-rent from osu? The one being investigated by the NFL for domestic violence?

TideDawg
TideDawg

I don't think this will be a very popular post, but I'm sick of political correctness and gender equality.  Women play basketball and do it very well...women play fast pitch softball, very well and understand baseball, women play soccer, very well and understand the sport. In these sports women would qualify as judges for championship or playoff teams. Somebody tell me why the CFB playoff selection committee has a woman on the selection committee? Women don't play football so why is Condaleeza Rice qualified to judge the top 4 teams in football? Next year will they have a transgender person on the selection committee? Rice is a very intelligent woman. I would vote for her for president because she is involved heavily in politics and she understands that game.....but football? I don't care if her brothers, cousins, nephews all played football I wouldn't care if her dad was a football coach.... that does not qualify her to select the top college teams. I'm sure the ladies on this blog(that includes you OH:IO) will be incensed over this post, but that does not qualify Rice as a judge. Rice is a great lady.....women are the best thing God put on this earth. They know everything about everythingII (I ain't kiddin!), but football? Nada!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

I guarantee you she knows more than 12/13, Wally and several other dawg posters on here.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TideDawg


You have no clue what she knows or doesn't know about football.

TOJacket
TOJacket

And just for the record....not many of your post makes anybody happy.

@eidsonb
@eidsonb

@TideDawg Yeah, um huh,  Crawl back into your cave.  Dare I ask what you think of female ref's in the NFL?  

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TOJacket


No, lil wally knows everything. He is the 2nd coming of dog "know it  all" in lex. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO;  I'll try to educate you two as best I can.  I don't have much to work with between the two of you.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Not many of your "posts make," do-do bird.

You write like the imbecile you are. No wonder you embarrass GT fans.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket As long as you're one of the unhappy ones, I'll take that as a compliment. You should have dropped calculus and spent more time on English.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Saturday night's Top 10 match-up OSU vs. Neb and #1 Alabama vs. LSU are the National games up against the regional interest channel's blockbuster dogs vs. Kentucky.


There may only be 5 or 6 watching the dogs. 



DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

True, but we do own GTech--and have never lost to your team, for that matter.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@OH:IO Well, butt-eye, you and your soon to be 9-3 OSU butt-eyes better put away your butt-eye headgear, OSU jammies, and start waving those "We're number 12" banners. It's easy, just add a 2 beside those #1 banners. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; consoling each other again.  Love is in the air!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Boy you dawgs are getting down right lame.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Everything you post is lame considering WE OWN your @$$!

13 of 15 and counting loser.

Loser to the dawgs.

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; quoting Steak Shapiro?  Who is next, a Kardashian?

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO:  Who is next, Christopher Rude? 

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO: wrong dumb arse, you will be watching, because you live and die UGA football.

Big Wally for the win...................................

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Anyone know what happens when a Mullen and a Herman leave a crier?

CHEST PAINS! Fraud!

TOHIO

OH:IO
OH:IO

At 4-4, the dogs are the Indianas and Northwesterns of the B1G.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hey TOHIO; you wanted documentation about Gibson, here you go chump.


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2660357-

Jordan Strack of WTOL-11, citing a source, reported Gibson was suspended after a former tutor accused him of harassment. The team appealed the suspension and lost. Strack noted the Buckeyes "fought it hard" and are "adamant [Gibson] did nothing wrong."


http://www.landgrantholyland.com

According to a report from 940-AM WINZ/iHeartRadio host/on-air personality Andy Slater, highly touted five-star ATH/QB Torrance Gibson has been suspended by his American Heritage high school. Slater speculates Gibson could leave the school entirely as a result.

Details surrounding the incident are scarce at this time, but hours after the initial report, Slater stated that Gibson hadn't just been suspended from the team, but the school as well. He also claimed that the incident was related to an altercation with a teacher at the Plantation, Florida high school.

Big Wally for the win..............................

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Big Wally


"harassment"


Did he say a mean word?


This says nothing and you've claimed he struck her. 


You lose. Again.


4-4, soon to be 4-5. 


Loser dogs

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; ha-ha, you wanted documentation, I provided it chump.  Again.

Big Wally for the win.........................

bwhahahahaahahahhahahhhhhh.   I've been trying to educate the little tech fool on here, but I will be glad to give you some free education as well.  "mess with the bull, you get the horns".

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

New little ten excuse alert

New little ten excuse alert

"SEC bias"

"Tom Hermanless"

Undone by an "UN"

Big Wally
Big Wally

To show how stupid TOHIO is, he keeps talking about Western Michigan being ranked, yet doesn't know that they got there by beating two Big 10 teams.  TOHIO, if you were any dumber, I'd have to water you twice a day.

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO; "George Washington elected President".