We are five days away from the final reveal of the 2019 College Football Playoff rankings. On Sunday, December 8th, the final four will be shown to the world and a quest for a national championship will officially be underway. Before we can get to the final four, there is one final weekend of college football to decide it all. There are five championship games coming your way on December 7th that can determine which four teams will be battling it out for the championship. We will let you know who we think belongs in the last four and the road to the playoff for each team involved. It ought to be a fun and exciting championship Saturday this weekend
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) once again stands in good shape to get two teams into the last four. LSU should be ranked number one this week after finishing off a 12-0 regular season. The Tigers went through the toughest division in the toughest conference and should get rewarded. Quarterback Joe Burrow is the Heisman frontrunner and hopes to continue moving this train through Atlanta and on to the College Football Playoff. Win or lose on Saturday, LSU deserves and has earned their spot in the playoff.
The other SEC team that should be in the top four this week is Georgia. After losing to South Carolina, the Bulldogs rallied to win their third straight eastern division title. Georgia polished off an 11-1 season with a 52-7 win over archrival Georgia Tech. With the loss to South Carolina, Georgia enters the scenario of win or go home. If they beat LSU, they will earn a top-four spot. Lose and they fall out of playoff contention. The SEC Championship comes your way at 3:00 pm central, on Saturday, from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS has national television coverage of the game. This is shaping out to be a matchup of epic proportions. I expect the SEC Championship to come down to the wire on Saturday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has one blue blood team that is in contention for the playoff. It is none other than defending national champion, Clemson. The Tigers, once again, rolled through the ACC Atlantic beating all conference opponents. Clemson should stand pat at number 3 this week. The Tigers’ one scare came against North Carolina when they had to stop a game-winning two-point conversion. After that near loss, Clemson has not been tested. Give Clemson credit, they are taking care of their business and have not faltered all season long.
Trevor Lawrence and company hope to get threw one final hurdle before heading to the College Football Playoff. The Tigers will take on ACC Coastal champ Virginia. This could be Clemson’s toughest game since North Carolina. The Tigers should be able to win and if they do, a spot in the final four awaits. If Clemson advances to the playoff, will they show us they are for real? Or will the truth about the ACC come out; is the ACC is truly a weak conference? Tune in to ABC at 6:30 pm central for the ACC Championship from Charlotte. Bank of America Stadium plays host to this game and it should be a dandy.
The Big Ten also has one team in contention for the playoff. Ohio State should enter the Big Ten title game ranked number two in the College Football Playoff rankings. Like LSU, the Buckeyes finished the regular season 12-0. Ohio State closed out 2019 with a convincing win over rival Michigan. Ohio State has advanced to its third straight Big Ten title game. They are led by Heisman hopeful quarterback, Justin Fields. Ohio State has only one test thus far in 2019. It came two weeks ago against Penn State.
The Buckeyes will face a familiar foe in the Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin. The Badgers upset Minnesota last week to eliminate the Gophers from playoff contention. Ohio State and Wisconsin have met two other times in the Big Ten Championship. Both games went in the Buckeyes favor. Last time, however, it was Wisconsin in contention for the playoff and Ohio State pulled off the upset. Ohio State wins this game and they wrap up the final playoff spot. Fox will have coverage of the game at 7:00 pm central. The Big Ten Championship comes to you from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
In conclusion, the final four teams, in my opinion, this week should be LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Georgia. Win or lose, LSU will clinch a spot in the playoff. Ohio State, Clemson, and Georgia will need to win to secure a place in the College Football Playoff. If any of these teams, excluding LSU, lose, that will open the door for the Big-12 champion or Utah from the Pac-12. Oklahoma and Baylor will duke it out in Dallas for the right to be called Big-12 champions. The Big-12 Championship comes your way at 11:00 am central from AT&T Stadium. The Pac-12 Championship will be played on Friday, at 7:00 pm central, from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
All three teams on the outside looking in, finished 2019 11-1. A Georgia loss means chaos could ensue. Who has the better resume between the Big-12 and Pac-12? I honestly think whoever is ranked fifth will jump Georgia, should the Bulldogs lose. The other question is, if Georgia wins, should LSU drop, and Georgia move up? I do not think the committee will match two SEC teams up in the semifinals. As a result, LSU and Georgia will remain on opposite sides of the bracket should the Bulldogs triumph in Atlanta. This might be the year there is little to no controversy surrounding the College Football Playoff. I cannot wait to see how Championship Saturday unfolds and what the final four rankings will look like.
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