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    10 College Football Playoff scenarios, from chalk to complete two-loss chaos | Sporting News

    The final standings for the college football playoffs will be announced on Sunday.

    The 2021 college football season has been full of unexpected surprises and coaching moves, but the playoff picture has become clearer. With conference championship week here, there are several intriguing playoff scenarios.

    Reading: College football playoff scenarios 2021

    four conference championship games will help clarify that picture. here are the games to watch:

    • Big 12: oklahoma state vs. baylor, 12 p. m. (abc)
    • sec: alabama vs. Georgia, 4 p.m. (cbs)
    • aac: houston vs. Cincinnati, 4 p.m. (abc)
    • big ten: iowa vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. (fox)

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    These games will help the pieces of the puzzle fit together. here’s a look at the various scenarios that could play out based on the results:

    college football playoff scenarios

    playoff scenario no. 1: chalk wins

    — oklahoma state beats baylor

    — georgia beats alabama

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    — michigan overtakes iowa

    1. Georgia (13-0)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. Cincinnati (13-0)

    4. state of oklahoma (12-1), notre dame (11-1) or alabama (11-2)

    In this scenario, we think Alabama, with two losses, is out of the question. Oklahoma State could take this spot given the Cowboys would have back-to-back wins against top 10 opponents in the last two weeks and a conference championship. Notre Dame would also be considered here based on strong play since the loss to Cincinnati. would brian kelly’s decision to go to lsu be part of this decision? It shouldn’t be, but the cfp committee dropped a hint by putting the cowboys ahead of the irish this week.

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    playoff scenario no. 2: playoff made for television

    — baylor beats oklahoma state

    — Alabama beats Georgia

    — Houston beats Cincinnati

    — michigan overtakes iowa

    1. Alabama (12-1)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. Georgia (12-1)

    4. notre dame (11-1)

    can you imagine? the conference championships create chaos that knocks out the cowboys and the bear cats. Alabama wins and gets Notre Dame in a rematch of last year’s semifinal matchup against an interim coach. Michigan takes on Georgia in a battle between two Blue Bloods looking to end long-running National Championship droughts. These are four of the best income-generating schools. the ratings would be huge, but who trains the Irish?

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    playoff scenario no. 3: bama narrowly wins

    —oklahoma state beats baylor

    —alabama beats georgia

    : cincinnati beats houston

    —michigan beats iowa

    1. Alabama (12-1)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. Georgia (12-1)

    4. Cincinnati (13-0) or Oklahoma State (12-1)

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    it’s the same board. Alabama, Michigan and Georgia would be blockades, and Cincinnati fans would have to sweat to get beaten by the state of Oklahoma. we still think the bear cats hold their place, and you get the david vs goliath angle with the crimson tide against the bear cats.

    playoff scenario no. 4: bama wins by a lot

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    — oklahoma state beats baylor

    — Alabama beats Georgia

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    — michigan overtakes iowa

    1. Alabama (12-1)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. Cincinnati (13-0)

    4. state of oklahoma (12-1), georgia (12-1) or notre dame (11-1)

    let’s say alabama beats georgia in one of those proprietary championship blowouts, like a 38-7 destruction. As unlikely as it is, it could knock out the Bulldogs if Oklahoma State is impressive in the Big 12 championship. Georgia’s resume isn’t exactly littered with quality wins. Kentucky (9-3) and Clemson (9-3) are the best opponents he has faced. at the very least it creates a great debate for that fourth place.

    playoff scenario no. 5: 12 big upsets

    — baylor beats oklahoma state

    — georgia beats alabama

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    — michigan overtakes iowa

    1. Georgia (13-0)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. Cincinnati (13-0)

    4. notre dame (11-1) or alabama (11-2)

    this would leave the grand 12, pac-12 and acc out of the cfp. that’s two-thirds of the alliance and a power 5 conference that oklahoma and texas are losing. awarding fourth place in the playoffs to an independent team or second from two losses would only make those calls louder. would the committee take revenge on alabama? it could be if the sec championship game is an instant classic. The Irish, even without Brian Kelly, are the best bet here.

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    playoff scenario no. 6: uc loses

    — oklahoma state beats baylor

    — georgia beats alabama

    — Houston beats Cincinnati

    — michigan overtakes iowa

    1. Georgia (13-0)

    2. Michigan (12-1)

    3. state of oklahoma (12-1), notre dame (11-1) or alabama (11-2)

    4. state of oklahoma (12-1), notre dame (11-1) or alabama (11-2)

    take that, group of 5. that would leave two spots open for the state of oklahoma, notre dame and, yes, alabama. the cowboys would probably take the no. 3 place in this scenario, and notre dame would come in for a showdown with georgia.

    playoff scenario no. 7: michigan (and the alliance) loses

    — oklahoma state beats baylor

    — georgia beats alabama

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    See also: Oregon vs. Oregon State – Game Recap – November 27, 2020 – ESPN

    — Iowa beats Michigan

    1. Georgia (13-0)

    2. Cincinnati (13-0)

    3. state of oklahoma (12-1), notre dame (11-1), iowa (11-2) or alabama (11-2)

    4. state of oklahoma (12-1), notre dame (11-1), iowa (11-2) or alabama (11-2)

    Who wants a hawkeyes team with two cfp losses? Iowa is ranked no. 13, so that would be a monster jump. We still think the cowboys and irish would be the teams here, but this scenario leaves out the big ten, acc, and pac-12. remember, iowa athletic director gary barta is the chairman of the committee.

    playoff scenario no. 8: second and ten major upsets

    — oklahoma state beats baylor

    — Alabama beats Georgia

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    : i owa beats michigan

    1. Alabama (12-1)

    2. Cincinnati (13-0)

    3. Georgia (12-1)

    4. oklahoma state (12-1) or notre dame (11-1)

    we are back to the debate between the state of oklahoma and notre dame, and most of these scenarios end that debate. The Georgia-Cincinnati rematch would be fun with the Bearcats as the top seed.

    playoff scenario no. 9: We want an 8-team playoff now!

    — baylor beats oklahoma state

    — Alabama beats Georgia

    — Cincinnati beats Houston

    See also: Oregon vs. Oregon State – Game Recap – November 27, 2020 – ESPN

    — Iowa beats Michigan

    1. Alabama (12-1)

    2. Georgia (12-1)

    3. Cincinnati (13-0)

    4. notre dame (11-1)

    in this scenario, cincinnati could theoretically lose and still come in based on the head-to-head win against notre dame. but the problem here is that four power 5 conferences are left out. the champions would be all the teams with two or three losses in iowa (11-2), wake forest/pitt (11-2), oregon (11-2) or utah (10-3) and Baylor (11-2).

    playoff scenario no. 10: what just happened

    — baylor beats oklahoma state

    — georgia beats alabama

    — Houston beats Cincinnati

    See also: Oregon vs. Oregon State – Game Recap – November 27, 2020 – ESPN

    — Iowa beats Michigan

    1. Georgia (13-0)

    2. notre dame (11-1)

    3. baylor (11-2)

    4. Iowa (11-2), Cincinnati (12-1), Alabama (11-2), Wake Forest or Pitt (11-2), Oregon (11-2)

    This is the craziest scenario of all because it would create a three-way fight. notre dame could jump to no. 2 because the bearcats wouldn’t have a conference championship with a pool 5 schedule. we’re pretty sure baylor would get no. 3, but she only looks at the potential mess below them. this is the only way acc and pac-12 can also participate in the final discussion. how would the committee clean up that mess? They would probably take Iowa, the Big Ten champion. so who’s ready for georgia-iowa and notre dame-baylor?

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