The dawn of the College Football Playoff is not scheduled until the 2014 season, but that has not stopped USA Today from taking a look at what the model would look like if it were taking place this season. A panel of analysts have chimed in and have ended up with Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Clemson in this hypothetical playoff model based on the first three weeks of college football results.
According to the latest projections, Alabama would be the top seed and would face Ohio State in one semifinal game. Oregon would receive the second seed and take on Clemson. That gives the SEC, Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC one participant each, so there is no debate over conference preferences here. For now.
The Big 12 is the power conference left on the outside looking in right now and the conference is still considered to be pretty wide open. Perhaps Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Baylor (or Tex- ahh, we’ll see) can make a move in the coming weeks. Of course, Louisville is getting left out as well which leaves the American out.
If the College Football Playoff existed this season, which four teams would you have in the playoff model? Or do you agree with the four teams selected? If these teams were paired up, I would have a difficult time going against Alabama, but after seeing what Texas A&M could do against the Tide’s defense I can only imagine what Oregon might do.