Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankings, from chalk to chaos

Demari Simpkins

Demari Simpkins

The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes and J.K. Dobbins, who rushed for 1,657 yards and 19 touchdowns this year, will meet the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten title game (Fox, Dec. 7; 8 p.m. ET). Ohio State, LSU and Clemson observe as much as make it back-to-back years the place three undefeated groups make the Playoff. They had a very good shot at being selected for the playoff had they beaten OR and Georgia (ranked No. 4) lost to LSU in the SEC Championship Game.

Who will get neglected? Penn State beat Syracuse by 21 points in Brooklyn on Friday, while Wake Forest came up short in a 73-66 game to Arizona on Sunday.

If Ohio State handily beats Wisconsin, the Nittany Lions could be headed to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl. No. 8 Baylor is the only other remaining team with one loss or fewer.

There's a 34% chance that Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State all win, per FPI.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. The Sooners are the higher guess to drag this off, however an entire, dominant efficiency from both crew would probably be sufficient to bump the Pac-12 champion out of the combination.




According to BetOnline, Ohio State is a 15.5-point favorite and is 22/25 to cover the spread, while Wisconsin is a 19/4 underdog. But as we can see from the numbers below, the impact of subbing out Oklahoma with Utah is minimal on the other three teams. They beat Northern Illinois, Idaho State, and a mediocre BYU team.

Though Ohio State is the favorite to win the national championship in this scenario, this is not an ideal situation for the Buckeyes. But Clemson, because of the ACC schedule, would be in an uncomfortable argument with Utah and Oklahoma. Clemson has a fantastic QB in Trevon Lawerence and they have a running back in Travis Etienne that's how Clemson got here.

The last meeting between the two schools, on November 10, 2018, resulted in a 32-25 victory for Utah, with the Utes handicapped at present as the 6.5-point favorite to win this match-up. And why not? Since its scare against North Carolina in late September, Clemson has won its games by 31, 35, 52, 45, 45, 49 and 35 points.

What occurs: LSU and Ohio State win, however the remainder of the weekend is pure chaos.

If Ohio State can hang on to that No. 1 seed, this creates a lopsided set of playoff projections where the Buckeyes have nearly a coin-flip chance to win it all.

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