It’s only been a few days since the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings for the 2017 season, but ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is already seeing a potential “Armageddon” scenario for the Playoff committee.
In an appearance on Pardon the Interruption on Friday, Herbstreit mentioned how Notre Dame’s high ranking could put the Playoff committee in a pickle. Herbstreit mentions that if Notre Dame wins out, and both Alabama and Georgia go undefeated and meet in the SEC Championship game, then it’s likely that only one spot could be left to go between the remaining four Power 5 conference champions.
“It’s not the most deserving four, it’s the best four. So you could have two from the SEC at the end, Notre Dame, and now you’ve got four other conference champions for one spot. So if that happens down the road, you have to pick between, maybe what, maybe Clemson, maybe Oklahoma, maybe an Ohio State, maybe a Washington, and only one of them could go. Maybe Week 1 with these rankings we don’t have controversy, but if that sets up five weeks from now, that would be Armageddon as far as the committee is concerned.”
Herbstreit is probably on the money in this being a disaster scenario for the College Football Playoff committee. One conference being left out has been enough to cause uproar in the past. What could happen if three conferences were left out?
Can’t imagine it would be pretty, but we will have to wait and see if it actually occurs this season.