CFB Playoffs: The Good, The Bad, and The Hopeful

As the CFB Playoff picture begins to take form, I am finding it increasingly necessary to discuss the current playoff favorites, the hopefuls, and what I believe the playoffs should look like in the future. Here’s everything from those who have secured a playoff spot to those who will need a miracle to push them into the conversation:

First thing’s first, Alabama will not make the playoffs this year. The Tide currently sits at #12 of the AP Top 25 List for Week 15, which is one spot behind Auburn. Before Alabama lost the Iron Bowl Game, their ranking was #5. There was still hope for the Tide to worm their way back into the playoffs. Now, not so much.

As of right now, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, and Georgia round off the top four with Utah, Oklahoma, and Baylor closely behind. Ohio State will face #8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, which is a winnable game for the Buckeyes. This could secure the top spot for them, unless LSU wins the SEC Championship Game. That could potentially be a problem for Ohio State as well as the NCAA due to the fact that one of them will be #1 and the other would fall to #2. Either way, both teams will make the playoffs regardless of their final rankings.

If Georgia loses to LSU in the SEC Championship game, which is highly likely, their spot in the playoffs is up for grabs. Oklahoma and Baylor are set to compete for the Big 12 Championship Game tomorrow.