That would leave zero undefeated teams, and six one-loss squads jockeying for the four spots.
If the playoff was held today, Alabama would face MI in a Cotton Bowl semifinal on December 29 while Clemson would play Notre Dame in an Orange Bowl semifinal on the same day. But even if that were to happen, Alabama could quickly redeem itself by beating Georgia to win the SEC on championship weekend. It would open up the Pac-12 and Big 12 champion if they have one loss. The easy scenario for the committee is that the Wolverines beat Ohio State and then Northwestern to punch their ticket to the Playoff. The committee has already twice sent teams that did not reach their conference title games to the playoff.
No. 4 MI and No. 10 Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams ranked ahead of Penn State and the only Nittany Lion opponents this season to appear in the poll.
Alabama will host The Citadel on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. The night slate features a couple of intriguing games, including Cincinnati at UCF, Arizona at Washington State, San Diego State-Fresno State and Iowa State at Texas.
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Tenaglia is then seen writhing in pain, video shows. "We trust that they will handle it appropriately", he said. In addition, the case is under review by Fitchburg State for consideration of further sanctions.
The committee has to be rooting for the Tide to keep it out of this mess. They need to first focus on IN and win their final home game before traveling to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The Buckeyes have nice road victories against Penn State and Michigan State. "They are both top-10 offenses, top-10 defenses, but at this point, everyone has Alabama one, Clemson two".
Any loss for the Irish looks problematic if the rest of the contenders win out.
The committee continues to be impressed with UCF's offensive prowess. The game will be played at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. And if Notre Dame's loss is to USC, it could put a spotlight on Washington State's poorly officiated loss to the Trojans back in September by virtue of comparing common opponents.