Maybe they will come back later. That’s what’s happening with Ohio State, which was in the CFP preseason screening but didn’t last long due to a Week 2 home loss to Oregon. Now the Buckeyes are back as the No.3 seed, a place built on winning and securing the Big Ten Championship.
But what about Oregon? If the Ducks finish 12-1, shouldn’t they be ranked ahead of Ohio State? Maybe, but they’re not 12-1 in this projection. If they end up with this record, the CFP selection committee will have a difficult decision. The one-on-one, which Oregon favors, is a factor in the committee’s criteria, but so is the strength of the schedule. Ohio State would emerge from a stacked Big Ten East. Oregon is experiencing a relatively poor Pac-12. The strength of the schedule should strongly favor the Buckeyes. That’s a problem for another time, however.
The projected No.2 seed is now Oklahoma, which did something on Saturday it hadn’t done all season: win a game against an FBS opponent by more than seven points. Oklahoma strangled the TCU 52-31. The Sooners are set to face Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.
Georgia remain the presumed seed in the playoffs after a 30-13 victory over Kentucky. The loss was the first of the season for the Wildcats, who could end up in a New Years Bowl if they can win and finish 11-1.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to meet in the Orange Bowl with Cincinnati. The Bearcats are still expected to be the No.4 seed, although they are expected to be the No.2 team in the Top 25 AP on Sunday. Cincinnati got the ball rolling with a dominant victory over UCF on Saturday.
College football playoff
|January 10||National championship
|Title game||Winners of the semi-finals|
Miami Gardens, Florida
|Semi final||(1) Georgia v (4) Cincinnati|
|Semi final||(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) State of Ohio|
Those results, of course, will have a ripple effect throughout the Bowls showings, especially the rest of the New Years Six games. These expected clashes will be revealed Sunday morning in this space on CBS Sports.