(Musings about the final week of the college football regular season, the upcoming bowl and playoff system and other items that are in a Jersey Guy’s circle of interest).
The final weekend of games of the 2016 regular (and championship game) season will determine whether we will hear the chant that the “system has to be changed” on Monday morning.
If there are no upsets in the championship games and the Power 5 conference champions are: Clemson (ACC), Alabama (SEC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Washington (Pac-12) and Wisconsin (Big Ten), the College Football Playoff Selection committee is likely to choose these Final Four teams: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Clemson 4. Washington.
There will be some griping from Oklahoma that the Big 12 champion was left out of the mix and there will be a louder complaint from Wisconsin that the Big Ten champion was passed by for a Division runner up in Ohio State. But the committee will use with some justification that Wisconsin lost one more game than the Buckeyes, including the head to head battle with Ohio State.
Wisconsin will get the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize which isn’t bad.
But if Penn State is the Big Ten champion, then the CFB selection committee will have a problem. Penn State will also have lost two games–but only one in the conference, it will have finished AHEAD of Ohio State in the Big Ten East, it will have beaten the Buckeyes in a head to head match and it will have also beaten Wisconsin to win the Big Ten title. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.