Maybe it is a sign of the times–and of their shaky status in the Power 5 conference elite derby–that what were once two of the biggest rivalry games in college football are barely mentioned out of their own area codes this week.

Fans of college football lamented the lack of a true marquee game this weekend. Oh, there was Florida and LSU in the SEC and there was Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, but neither has even a “Game of the Year” buzz to it.

What is even more startling is that neither the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas or the annual in-state battle between Florida State and Miami has any sizzle.

What makes it even worse for the two conferences involved in those games–the ACC and the  Big 12–is that unless there is a second half surge, one or both of those conferences could be shut out of the College Football Playoff Final Four.

Here’s why. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.