Bowl projections: Michigan replaces Ohio State in college football playoffs as LSU, Clemson ruins chances

Bowl projections: Michigan replaces Ohio State in college football playoffs as LSU, Clemson ruins chances

There’s nothing like Rivalry Week to bring clarity to the college football playoffs and the rest of the bowling games. All but 23 teams have finished playing. Conference championship pairings are established. Bowl eligibility has been almost entirely decided. And we now have a lot of clarity to determine the projections of the bowl.

Nowhere is that truer than in the Big Ten where Michigan’s No. 3 annihilated Ohio State’s No. 2 45-23 to take the Big Ten East and nearly clinch a football playoff berth. university.

We say ‘anything but’ because the Wolverines will face Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game, and you have to wonder if a loss to the unranked Boilermakers would put Michigan’s CFP bid in doubt based on what other teams are doing. . While it’s likely Michigan will be two or three touchdown favorites in the game, even a loss to Purdue probably won’t cost UM a playoff berth.

In fact, Georgia, Michigan, and TCU all appear to be in the playoffs, winning or losing their league title games. The No. 1 Bulldogs outscored Georgia Tech, 37-14, while the No. 4 Horned Frogs lit up one of the best defenses in the nation in a 62-14 win over Iowa State.

Fourth place belongs to No. 6 USC if he can win the Pac-12 Championship game and finish 12-1. The Trojans beat No. 15 Notre Dame 38-27 for their second straight victory over a CFP-ranked team.

Ohio State waits in the wings if USC fails, which could drop to a CFP spot even at 11-1. That season-opening win over Notre Dame gives the Buckeyes two wins over CFP-ranked teams, and Ohio State topped the rest of its schedule other than Michigan.

What about No. 7 Alabama? Federal law requires that we discuss Crimson Tide in all playoff scenarios. However, unless the CFP selection committee decides to move Bama ahead of Ohio State in this week’s rankings, there isn’t much hope for the Tide to qualify for the CFP. In fact, with the two teams between Alabama and No. 10 Tennessee in the standings both losing (Clemson No. 8 31-30 against South Carolina, Oregon No. 9 38-34 against State of Oregon No. 21), there’s a chance the Vols could jump the tide depending on their head-to-head result.

Perhaps the most stunning result was No. 5 LSU’s loss to Texas A&M. The Aggies came alive for the first time this season and defeated the Tigers. 38-23. It ended LSU’s playoff hopes, but it could be even worse than that for the Tigers. If LSU falls below Penn State in the CFP rankings, there’s a chance the Tigers won’t be in a New Year’s game at all unless, of course, they beat the Dawgs in the SEC Championship Game. .

College Football Playoffs

January 9

National Championship
Inglewood, California.

title game Winners of the semi-finals

December 31st

fishing bowl

Semi final

(1) Georgia vs. (4) USC

December 31st

party bowl
Glendale, Arizona.

Semi final

(2) Michigan vs. (3) TCU

Six New Year’s bowls

Rivalry Week’s many reshuffles will result in massive changes to the rest of this week’s bowl screenings. These will be unveiled on Sunday morning in an update to this story.

For now, you can consult the CBS Sports Bowl Eligibility Tracker for updates on what your team needed to do to go bowling.

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