This is why I don’t get too wrapped up in debates about the top four teams in November.

Last week, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson looked like a quartet that could keep Wisconsin—even a 13-0 Big Ten champion Wisconsin!—out of the College Football Playoff. I felt it necessary to say that, even though I knew it would never go down that way.

Then again, who knew it would go down this way—Georgia and Notre Dame getting absolutely drilled by Auburn and Miami.

So now what?

My beloved Badgers still wouldn’t be in this week’s final four. If I had a vote, it would be:

1, Alabama (10-0), 2, Miami (9-0), 3, Clemson (9-1), 4, Oklahoma (9-1).

The Badgers, despite the first 10-0 start in school history, would be fifth.

Before the phone lines start lighting up from Beloit to Menasha, know this.

The committee might even have the Badgers sixth behind Georgia. Doesn’t matter. Either Georgia loses in the SEC championship game. Or it beats the Alabama-Auburn winner and bumps them from the playoff. The SEC only gets one seat at the table now.

In addition, Clemson and Miami have a date in the ACC championship game. And the Badgers, if they take care of business against Michigan and whoever emerges in the I-got-it-you-take-it Big Ten East (most likely Ohio State), will secure a berth in the playoff.

There’s no doubt about it.

I will be interested to see, however, what the committee does with Auburn (8-2), Georgia (9-1) and Ohio State (8-2), which would come next in my book, if I had a book. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.