John Bazemore / Associated Press
Ohio State or Oklahoma? It is not for nothing that this discussion will dominate the university football landscape as Saturday's list of conference league matches approaches.
Everything is a question of whether. It's been like that all season–from the opening match until the end of September to the first standings of the college football playoffs until the next weekend. And the argument involving two great programs is not as exciting as possible.
If you are an optimistic supporter of the CFP, we understand that the interest in rooting will dominate your prospects as early as week 14. We congratulate you for being born in the right region, d & # 39; have stumbled upon the right program or be a fan of good weather. All are great! It's just sport!
But if your preferences are drama, controversy and uproar, adopt a bulldog and applaud for Georgia's number 4 red and black.
The Day of Selection would feature excitement and high-flying intrigue if the Dawgs eliminated Alabama No. 1 and dropped Crimson Tide to 12-1.
CFB Movie Theater @CFBFilmRoom
Find out how Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa are in some key categories ahead of Saturday's SEC Championship game.
Their numbers might be a little closer than you thought https://t.co/fJ85h6cfOm
Notre Dame, number 3, clinched a spot in the CFP and a win over Alabama would secure Georgia's place in the Top Four. Clemson would do the same, waiting for the result with Pitt.
This is a classic discussion of whether the timing of the incident is important. If Ohio State and Oklahoma both win, should not these programs exceed Alabama? But how much should it knock out a team from Alabama that has dominated the entire season?
Purdue destroyed the Buckeyes, who creaked beyond Nebraska and barely passed Maryland. Oklahoma has presented a dynamic offensive all year, but its defense is a wreck. Meanwhile, Alabama 's smallest margin of victory this season is 22 points.
Vasha Hunt / Associated Press
Would a conference championship be able to atone for these obvious and accepted faults? If that's the case, is that right? After all, the loss of Alabama would be a qualification at the CFP, compared to six defeats Purdue for the No. 6 Ohio State and three Texas defeats for the No. 5 Oklahoma.
Alabama is arguably a superior level in both Ohio State and Oklahoma in terms of competitiveness. The biggest criticism of Alabama is "the kicker is not great". OSU's defense ranks 76th yards per game allowed, and UO is 103rd. Among the Power Five teams with record wins, they are two of the seven lowest rankings.
It's stupid to think that a team at a Crimson Tide loss (at worst) would not deserve equal consideration.
There is no way to predict the reaction of the selection committee. Everything about this question is a question of whether.
The debate between Ohio State and Oklahoma is critical. This can continue until Sunday. But a defeat against Georgia in Alabama would put a fascinating fold in the final decision–one that could leave Ohio State and Oklahoma out of the CFP.
If that happens, it would be perfectly reasonable.
Surely not Pitt, right?
Keith Srakocic / Associated Press
# 2 Clemson has won a winning streak of more than 20 points in the ACC Championship game, which has seven games. Dabo Swinney's club is a 26.5-point favorite against Pitt, according to OddsShark.
The Panthers, on the other hand, had a nightmarish performance in a 24-3 loss to Miami last week. It was not totally unexpected, as the Canes were second in the national standings with 4.16 yards allowed per game in the regular season.
But the Miami attack was average this season. While the Hurricanes finished 71st in yards per game, Clemson featured the country's most efficient offense, with 7.38 yards per game.
Given this dreadful show last week, how can this Pitt team knock out Clemson?
Well, it's simple: nothing is reasonable against the Panthers. In 2016, they beat Penn State and Clemson–the first team outside the CFP image and the eventual national champion, respectively. In 2017, Pitt gave up the era – no. 2 Miami.
On paper, this should not be really a contest. But based on Pitt's recent history against leading teams, Clemson must be ready for a 60-minute fight.
Red River Revatch
Ronald Martinez / Getty Images
Longhorns fans enjoyed their big "Texas is back!" moment of 2018, when Cameron Dicker scored 40 yards through the amounts to stun Oklahoma 48-45 in October.
Six games, five margins of possession and two losses later, Texas is back … in the Big 12 Championship Game. No more no less.
The Longhorns would rather have a spot in the CFP at stake in Arlington. But in terms of consolation prizes, a chance to defeat the Sooners twice in a season and eliminate them from the national championship title while winning the Big 12 is a chance.
The Longhorns get into the game in the form of 7.5 point dogs, which is understandable, according to OddsShark. Texas has not done seven yards a shot all year. Meanwhile, the lowest clip in Oklahoma since its loss is 7.4. These offenses are in different worlds.
Oklahoma yielded an average of 47.3 points in November. Sam Ehlinger and Texas could take advantage of a porous defense and challenge Murray to avoid making mistakes.
This was not the case in Dallas, while the Longhorns had a 3-0 lead. In addition, Oklahoma have made six turnovers in eight games until October, but have won six in the last four games.
In this revenge, no unit is under more pressure than the UT defense.
Next Man Up for UCF
Julio Aguilar / Getty Images
Injury, timing, impact. Just horrible.
But as the season has ended miserably for quarterback UCF McKenzie Milton–he suffers from nerve damage and will undergo a right knee reconstruction operation, according to Matt Murschel of Orlando Sentinel–Knights # 8 still have a major opportunity. They will host Memphis for the AAC Championship match with a chance to win a second consecutive Six-Cup New Year contest.
The UCF's high-performance attack will turn to rookie Darriel Mack Jr., who totaled 189 offensive yards during a start on the East Carolina plateau and got 132 points for Milton last week. Ready or not, it's time to put yourself forward.
If the Knights lose, this could create an opportunity for the champion of both Mountain West defeats.–State of Fresno or State of Boise–to steal a NY6 spot on the lossless UCF Milton.
Statistics of NCAA.com, cfbstats.com or search B / R. Quotations obtained first-hand, unless otherwise indicated. Follow Bleacher Report, David Kenyon, CFB Editor, on Twitter @ Kenyon19_BR.