For the first time in awhile, nothing has changed the last couple of weeks in the College Football Playoff top-4. As expected, Alabama holds true at No. 1, followed by Clemson, and Notre Dame, who gave No. 12 Syracuse a wake-up call with a thrashing at Yankee Stadium. Michigan, who sleep walked through a victory against Indiana, holds true at No. 4.
I doubt very seriously if anyone derails any of these four before the playoff starts. The lone exception to that will be Alabama, who will have their hands full against an improving Georgia in the SEC Championship game.
Clemson has no serious challengers the rest of the way because their defense is just heads above anything else in the ACC. Don’t expect Notre Dame to have trouble with USC. The Irish are a lot better than they have been in the past. Michigan, who plays at Ohio State this week, has arguably the best defense in the country, so Harbaugh should get over the hump and finally beat his arch-rival.
The dilemma for the CFP committee comes if Georgia beats Bama. In that scenario, Notre Dame is undefeated and in; Clemson is a conference champion and in; Michigan would be a conference champ with only one loss, to Notre Dame opening weekend. In my opinion, the committee would have to leave a one-loss Alabama team out because they wouldn’t be a conference champ and they would have lost to a lower seeded team than Michigan did.
There are only two weeks left, so lets see what happens. Regardless, Central Florida will go undefeated and miss again; the Pac-12 will be left out for the second time in five years; and the Big 12 champ misses again. Expanded playoff anyone???