The conference championship schedule concluded on Saturday, among other regular-season games. Entering the day, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State occupied the top four spots – in that order – in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Texas A&M in fifth place.
The College Football Playoff Committee began releasing its weekly rankings on November 24 as the top five remain unchanged.
The committee will release its four-team playoff selection Sunday (two weeks later than originally planned), with the playoff semi-finals on New Year’s Day and the championship game on 11 January.
But even though the top four teams are finally familiar, it has been far from a typical season, as the epidemic changed the game, as do many other things, seemingly upside down.
College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Gary Barta said, “Kovid has changed all our lives, but it hasn’t changed our protocol. It has been said on November 24th.” We take a look at each team’s win / loss record. Head-to-head strength, games played with common opponents and finally we will see those who become conference champions. “
This season, the committee will play as six teams that can be played in six matches and as 11 – Pac-12 starts in late October and early November – with conferences such as the Big Ten. The Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference began in September.
Was the number 4 Ohio State enough?
One of the teams that have played only six games is Ohio State. Under 22 players on Saturday, the Buckeyes lost to No. 14 Northwestern 22-10 to win the Big Ten title.
6–0, one of the many programs the Kovid-19 problems faced this season, had to cancel their game against Illinois earlier this season, while two other schools (Maryland and Michigan) due to their own Had to cancel against the Buckeyes. Kovid-19 Concerns.
“I’m not going to talk about other teams because I think that’s enough to talk positively about our program,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day told reporters on Saturday. “But I’ll say this: If we have a chance to play anyone in a game in the country, I’m going to take on the Ohio Buckeyes. I feel strongly about this team. We’re made of incredible character , And they have done so much. “
Currently on the outside is Texas A&M (8-1), whose lone loss to Alabama is 52-24. That loss kept the Aggies from reaching the SEC championship game – a key component for the committee. Top-ranked Alabama (10-0) is ranked No. 7 Florida (8-2) in the SEC title game Saturday night.
“After his team defeated Tennessee 34-13 on Saturday, he said seven straight SEC wins,” said Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. “Some schools haven’t even played seven games. Seven wins in a row in the SEC and eight wins in total. I don’t care what league you’re in, I don’t care what anyone else says. If you want to To pick the best four teams, we are one of them. “
Clemson wins Rematch vs Notre Dame
A potential half of the playoff field, meanwhile, could be played in the ACC title game between Clemson and Notre Dame.
Prior to the competition, Clemson’s only loss was in double overtime on the road against the Fighting Irish – and that was when Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence Kovid-19 was sidelined due to protocol.
Saturday’s sequel, however, was not close. Under Lawrence’s leadership, Clemson won 34–10. Both teams are now 10–1.
Despite the loss, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly paved the way for a playoff berth for his team’s resume. Notre Dame, known for its long standing independent status, joined the ACC for this football season during the epidemic.
“We’ve played 11 games,” Kelly said. “It matters. Playing 11 games, testing your team week in and week out, I think we are without question one of the top four teams in the country.”
Can the Rose Bowl be held outside California?
The semifinals of the playoffs are the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. But with California’s latest restrictions, using the iconic Rose Bowl site could be a threat.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Hancock said that it was hoped the state would allow families to join the Rose Bowl. Hancock did not give the timelines as to when families are not allowed, a decision would need to be made to potentially move that semi-final.
“Given the realities of 2020, we always reserve the right to make decisions as late as possible,” Hancock said. “For example, what happens if the state of California stops completely and does not allow any games? So, we are keeping our eye on the situation, but we are going to play that semi-final in the Rose Bowl Are planning. “
If families are not allowed to participate, can the team potentially make it to the playoffs?
Notre Dame Kelly told reporters on Friday, “I’m not sure if the parents can be honest with you then we’ll play in the playoffs.” Kelly supported moving the semi-finals to a different venue in the Rose Bowl.
The national championship game is scheduled to be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.