Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

New College Football Playoff odds released

New College Football Playoff odds released

But based off how any college football season ends up, it's hard to believe all four de-facto playoff quarterfinal games will see the quartet of favorites come out on top, which is why we think Clemson and Auburn will eventually avoid each other until the final.

Its resume includes wins over Penn State and Michigan State, and a loss to Big 12 leader Oklahoma that shouldn't really hurt the cause.

Saturday's conference championship games, at least three of which will match teams ranked in the CFP top 10, will be pivotal.

There's still championship weekend to get through before the actual Playoff field is revealed, but Tuesday night's rankings will be very important for teams that still have hopes of winning a title.

Last week's group saw Alabama on top with the ACC well represented at the No. 2 and 3 spots with Miami and Clemson and Oklahoma rounding out the group at that point.

If the scenario arises that the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, there's an argument for and against Urban Meyer's team.

If UM loses on Saturday, then Clemson would be in the playoff, and UM nearly assuredly would be the next highest-ranked ACC team (ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State) and thus OB-bound.

If Ohio State or Auburn makes the playoff, it would mark the first time in the event's four-year existence that a two-loss team makes it. Those in favor of Ohio State would claim its conference championship and three wins over ranked opponents.

These rankings will provide some idea about how the committee views Alabama in comparison to Ohio State, though the Buckeyes can change who they are.

Also looming large is the Buckeyes' Week 2 loss to Oklahoma. By losing to Auburn, Alabama is not playing in the SEC Championship, so its season is over. Some dominoes would have to fall to set this debate in motion - most importantly Ohio State beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game - but it's certainly not out of the question.

And if Ohio State beats Wisconsin and Auburn beats Georgia, the highest-ranked non-playoff team from those conferences would probably be a toss-up among Georgia, Wisconsin and Alabama.

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