Erick Smith USA TODAY Published 12:46 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 This year's College Football Playoff field will feature three things old and one thing new. Alabama and Clemson are the top two seeds after completing unbeaten regular seasons. The Crimson Tide now have made the field in all five seasons of the current system that decides the college football championship. After missing out on the inaugural final four, this is the fourth consecutive berth for the Tigers. What's new to the playoff this year is Notre Dame. After an unbeaten run in their 12 games, the Irish are making their first appearance. They are the third seed and will meet Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. The drama from the committee came with the fourth choice. There were three possibilities: Big 12 champion Oklahoma, Big Ten champion Ohio State and Georgia. Each had outstanding seasons. The Sooners and Buckeyes went 12-1. The Bulldogs went 11-2, but narrowly fell to Alabama in the SEC championship game. In the end, it … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff field: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma
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Erick Smith USA TODAY Published 10:56 AM EDT Oct 14, 2018 The college football season has reached the halfway point for teams across the country. Some can already make plans for the postseason after they have gained bowl eligibility with their sixth wins. Some are just one win away. Others are close to being eliminated with their seven losses. A rundown of how the postseason picture stands: Note: There are 78 postseason berths available with 39 bowl games plus the College Football Playoff championship game. Hawaii must win seven games due to playing a 13-game schedule. Who is in? Alabama (7-0) Winners and losers: Pac-12 says bye-bye to Playoff hopes Observations: Michigan rising, Auburn falling and what's going on in the ACC? More: LSU moves into College Football Playoff conversation Who is close? Alabama-Birmingham (5-1) Who is almost out? Arkansas (1-6) Who is out? No teams have yet been eliminated from bowl consideration. … [Read more...] about College football bowl picture: Who is eligible? Who is close?
George Schroeder USA TODAY Published 7:04 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018 BATON ROUGE, La. – Believe it, y’all – LSU is for real. If you wondered after that tumultuous offseason, if you weren’t sure during that surprising run through the first half of the season, if you worried after that loss last week at Florida – well, here’s a data point that will send shock waves through college football. In easily the most significant win of Ed Orgeron’s tenure, the Tigers set up the opportunity for even bigger victories. Here are three takeaways from No. 12 LSU’s 36-16 defeat of No. 2 Georgia: - This was easily the most impressive performance in a seven-game run that remains astounding, considering the expectations. Heck, it was the Tigers’ most impressive victory since 2011, that 9-6 slugfest against No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But that LSU team was ranked No. 1. This one? No one was really sure what to make of it after the loss in … [Read more...] about LSU pounds Georgia to prove it is in the College Football Playoff race
USA TODAY Sports Published 9:27 AM EDT Sep 28, 2018 The Week 5 slate in college football features two clear headliners, one that everybody saw coming and one that had potential if everything fell into place as it has for its participants. Beyond that prime time pair of marquee contests, there are a few other matchups that could provide telling takeaways as the quest for the ultimate prize continues. Here are Saturday’s top five impact games in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC It might seem premature to declare this the Big Ten East championship game, but most signs point to it being just that. With both challengers from Michigan already tagged with a non-league loss along with West Division favorite Wisconsin, these are also the conference’s most likely playoff candidates. Ohio State prevailed with a late rally in Columbus a year ago en route to the Big Ten crown. Will the change of venue with … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff games of impact for Week 5
Eddie Timanus USA TODAY Published 1:26 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 At last, the first full weekend of college football has arrived, and with it, the quest for the playoff begins. Every game counts, of course, and sometimes an unexpected result will alter the picture. But every week we can usually identify the contests whose outcomes will most clearly define the race for the four coveted spots. Here are the five biggest impact games on this extended weekend: No. 6 Washington vs. No. 10 Auburn in Atlanta Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC The first top 10 showdown of the young season has huge implications, not just for the teams involved but for their conferences as well. This is particularly true of Washington, which seeks a marquee victory on behalf of the playoff-challenged Pac-12. It should regardless prove to be a schedule booster for both squads, assuming their respective on-field talent delivers for the remainder of the campaign. WINNERS AND LOSERS: Takeaways from college football's … [Read more...] about Five biggest Week 1 games that will impact the College Football Playoff