Big Decisions Ahead For Selection Committee

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Ole Miss threw a wrench into the College Football Top 4 Saturday night by dominating Mississippi State 31-17. The loss will most likely drop the Bulldogs out of contention for the first ever playoff. Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are in good position, all they need to do is win their respective conference championship games next week and they are in. The final spot this week is not so clear. Ohio State, TCU and Baylor will fight for the #4 ranking this Tuesday and regardless of who is chosen, controversy is sure to follow. The Buckeyes pulled away late to win over arch rival Michigan, but lost QB J.T. Barrett to injury. It is unknown how, or if, the selection committee will take that into consideration during this week’s deliberation. TCU won in very convincing fashion over an improved Texas team and Baylor survived a close call against Texas Tech, losing their QB as well. The Bears of course, beat TCU head to head at home several weeks ago. The Big 12 has no conference championship game, which ultimately may doom them, but Baylor does have one more opportunity to impress the committee with a game Saturday against highly regarded Kansas State. This week I expect TCU to be in that 4th position, but if Ohio State beats Wisconsin next week, I believe the Buckeyes will win that fourth and final slot. Playing that extra game , especially with the opponent (Wisconsin) being ranked in the Top 25, will be hard for the committee to pass on. If Ohio State loses, and Baylor beats Kansas State, it’s impossible to know how the committee will vote at that point. If they favor head to head, Baylor is in, if they believe TCU is truly “the best team”, the Horned Frogs will be in. Stay tuned. It’s never over till it’s over and there is one more weekend to go.