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Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson in hypothetical playoff

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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.

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23 Responses to “Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson in hypothetical playoff”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Sep 18, 2013 8:15 PM

    Oregon doesn’t want any more SEC beatdowns. Clemson would whip them bad.

  2. necr0philia says: Sep 18, 2013 8:32 PM

    Love to see Clemson vs Alabama. Ohio doesn’t even belong in the conversation. I do love to watch the Ducks play but when it’s time for their D to play Alabama it wouldn’t be pretty. Hypothetically speaking.

  3. barkleyblows says: Sep 18, 2013 8:53 PM

    This is accurate. The 4 best teams in the country.. As of now.

  4. barkleyblows says: Sep 18, 2013 8:57 PM

    So Necrodouche or whatever your name is. Please explain to me why Ohio State shouldn’t even be in the conversation. And don’t tell me schedule because then Oregon shouldn’t be in the conversation. Just because you hate Ohio State let’s not be a douche bag.

  5. Deb says: Sep 18, 2013 9:06 PM

    Oh swell. If they’re already doing this hypothetical stuff three games into the 2013 season before the playoffs start, they’ll be laying odds and taking bets before signing day next year. Can’t we just take it one game at a time?

  6. necr0philia says: Sep 18, 2013 10:37 PM

    @barkleyblows. I’m not sure why your so upset. I’m sorry if I somehow offended you! Did I say something offensive to you or about you?

    Be the change you want to see in the world!

  7. aglawman says: Sep 18, 2013 10:39 PM

    Best four:

    1. ‘Bama
    2. Oregon
    3a. LSU
    3b. Texas A&M

    Best 4 teams…best games…best TV ratings!!!!

  8. txnative61 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:58 AM

    The big surprise against the Aggies was to see Alabama’s offense win a shootout. Usually they lean on D, but Manziel showed last year he could put up numbers in a hurry on just about anybody, so the Tide finds the offense few expected. Maybe the questions should be about the Ducks D??

  9. crazyfootballfun says: Sep 19, 2013 2:45 AM

    Mr. Lalosh,

    the ducks lost in the national championship to auburn by 3 points on a field goal without any time left..not what i would call a beatdown!

  10. mrlaloosh says: Sep 19, 2013 5:26 AM

    crazyballessfun, the operative word is “LOST”!

  11. vincentbojackson says: Sep 19, 2013 7:58 AM

    This hypothetical scenario is exactly why it should be an 8 team playoff. While I agree with the top 4 at the moment, how much better would this playoff be with Stanford, Florida State, Louisville and Texas A&M added to the mix?

    Who wouldn’t watch that?

  12. vincentbojackson says: Sep 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    Barkleyblows says:

    Please explain to me why Ohio State shouldn’t even be in the conversation. And don’t tell me schedule because then Oregon shouldn’t be in the conversation.

    —————-

    Oregon has played Nichols St., Virginia and Tennessee and blown out everyone. Ohio State’s played nobody and struggled with Buffalo at home. With Wisconsin losing and Michigan almost getting beat by Akron, what will OSU’s quality win be this season? Unfortunately, there won’t be one. No hate, just reality. That’s why OSU wins and still drops in the polls.

  13. drummerhoff says: Sep 19, 2013 8:51 AM

    Florida State, Baylor, Stanford, UCLA, and Georgia are all better than Ohio State or Clemson… Yes, I know Clemson beat UGa. I just don’t think that will mean much in December and that’s the only time that matters. Clemson fans may be Christmas shopping in September, but we still have candy on Halloween and Thanksgiving turkey to eat. Maybe getting ahead of yourself is the reason Clemson always stumbles.

    70-33.

  14. dallasstars9 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:52 AM

    Go Blue!

  15. sportsdrenched says: Sep 19, 2013 10:53 AM

    All I know is, I would clear my schedule to watch these three games…as opposed to a bunch of exhibition games and one Championship Game. We’ll have this model for a few years and people will realize how awesome it is, and it will eventually it will expand to 8. I just hope eventually doesn’t mean 15 seasons like it took to evolve a 1 vs 2 pairing to a 4 team tournament.

  16. dmarado says: Sep 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Oregon has played Nichols St., Virginia and Tennessee and blown out everyone. Ohio State’s played nobody and struggled with Buffalo at home.

    Winning by 20 with the game put away in the first quarter = “struggled”? Child, please. Ducks destroyed another cruddy, overrated SEC team, big deal. tOSU won’t have to worry about “quality” wins, just win out and no one, NO ONE would deny them anything, they are a freaking money machine.

  17. crazyfootballfun says: Sep 19, 2013 12:11 PM

    If ” lost ” was the operative word you had used, galosh, i would not have disagreed with you..you used the word ” beatdown” which clearly, it was not.

  18. classyjacklambert says: Sep 19, 2013 12:44 PM

    @drummerhoff
    Clemson didn’t stumble last year. They beat lsu in an epic bowl game in Georgia. That orange bowl was two years ago. You can’t judge a team by how it did two years ago unless its Alabama.

  19. kansas531 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:01 PM

    Referring to the author’s comment about worried about what Oregon would do to Alabama after watching what A&M did. Same thing that would have happened last year if Alabama had played Oregon instead of overrated Notre Dame – Alabama would lose. Oregon is A&M on steroids both last year and this year and you saw what A&M did to the Alabama defense both years. Would not be pretty for the Alabama and the SEC.

  20. floridacock says: Sep 19, 2013 2:13 PM

    @classyjacklambert
    Clemson barely beat a so so LSU team on a neutral field, with a month of preparation. Their last HOME game was a beat down by South Carolina. No, they won’t be in this discussion at the end of the year.

  21. classyjacklambert says: Sep 19, 2013 2:15 PM

    You mean that same so-so lsu that handed South Carolina a “beat down” earlier last year? You love to skew the stats and scores in your favor but hate doses of reality.

  22. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 19, 2013 2:26 PM

    dmarado says: Sep 19, 2013 11:58 AM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Oregon has played Nichols St., Virginia and Tennessee and blown out everyone. Ohio State’s played nobody and struggled with Buffalo at home.

    Winning by 20 with the game put away in the first quarter = “struggled”? Child, please. Ducks destroyed another cruddy, overrated SEC team, big deal. tOSU won’t have to worry about “quality” wins, just win out and no one, NO ONE would deny them anything, they are a freaking money machine.
    ****************************
    How was Tennessee overrated? They haven’t had a winning season since 2009 (7-6). Their Record since 2009 is 23-27.

  23. floridacock says: Sep 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    @classyjacklambert
    Yes, the same LSU that “beatdown” a USC team by 2 points at the real Death Valley, where they don’t lose! Who exactly is skewing what? Get it straight. Carolina BEAT Clempson by 10 at Clempson, but it wasn’t even that close. FACTS

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