Everyone seems to be locked into four teams now as the stone-cold favorites: Laker announcer Chick Hearn would have called this “garbage” time in the second half of the College Football Playoff. “The refrigerator door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are coolin’, the butter’s getting hard and the jello’s jiggling.” So, let’s introduce the Frozen Four: Alabama, Michigan, Washington and Clemson. Except, two of these mascot meats, the Huskies and Tigers, could be spoiled by next week. Washington plays at dangerous Utah while Clemson plays at Florida State. Michigan still faces Ohio State, while Alabama plays LSU and Auburn. Meanwhile, Houston’s second loss has heated up the race for the “Group of 5” champion that gets awarded a bid to a major bowl. The contestants are now Boise State out of the Mountain West and Western Michigan of the MAC. Stay tuned. Rankman only slightly dinged Ohio State and Texas A&M for losses to Penn State and Alabama, but one more slip and you’re O-U-T! The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.
About The Author
Dufresne, spent 35 years at the Los Angeles Times covering numerous sports. Over the last two decades he emerged as their national college football and basketball columnist. He and his alter-ego Rankman have been putting college teams in their place ever since.
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