GRAPEVINE, Texas — Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens, who can be the chairman of the Faculty Soccer Playoff choice committee, is right here on the Gaylord Texan Resort, not the Pac-12 championship sport, the place his two-loss Geese had an opportunity to win the league — and concurrently get rid of it from the CFP with a win over No. 5 Utah.
Choice committee member Joe Castiglione, who’s the athletic director at Oklahoma, can be right here as a substitute of watching his Sooners within the Huge 12 convention championship sport in close by Arlington, Texas. All 13 committee members checked in by four p.m. CT on Friday to satisfy, have dinner after which watch the Pac-12 title sport collectively.
Whereas the Pac-12 and Huge 12 have generated probably the most dialogue this week as a result of they’re jockeying for the fourth spot, each Energy 5 championship sport will affect the committee’s last votes on Choice Day.
The playoff tracker is your one-stop store for the way every outcome will affect the committee’s resolution, and it will likely be up to date as quickly as every sport ends:
No. 2 LSU 37, No. four Georgia 10
Joe Burrow places defenders on ice skates and completes a 71-yard move to Justin Jefferson which ultimately results in an LSU landing.
Undefeated No. 2 LSU dealt with No. four Georgia with ease, profitable the SEC and locking up a spot within the high 4 — however was it sufficient to unseat Ohio State for the No. 1 spot? It must be the committee’s greatest debate this 12 months. Choice committee chair Rob Mullens stated on Tuesday that Ohio State’s protection had a slight edge and was a separating issue between the 2 groups, however the Tigers shut down a depleted Georgia offense and compelled Jake Fromm into two interceptions. With 4 wins in opposition to 4 opponents ranked within the committee’s high 12 (Florida, Auburn, Alabama and now Georgia), LSU has a case for the very best résumé within the nation. LSU’s win additionally knocked Georgia out of the playoff and opened the fourth spot for Huge 12 champion Oklahoma.
No. 17 Memphis 29, No. 20 Cincinnati 24
Brady White finds Antonio Gibson for the six-yard landing giving the Tigers the late lead.
No. 20 Memphis doubtless locked up a spot within the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Basic after its AAC championship win over No. 20 Cincinnati, the second time in two weeks the Tigers had been capable of defeat the Bearcats. Whereas it would not affect the highest 4, it is nonetheless an necessary outcome to the New Yr’s Six Bowl lineup, because the highest-ranked convention champion from the Group of 5 is assured a spot. With Memphis profitable, the AAC averted the potential of a two-loss champ being in contrast with No. 19 Boise State, which defeated Hawai’i 31-10 to win the Mountain West. No. 21 Appalachian State additionally defeated Louisiana to win the Solar Belt, however all of them have been wanting up on the AAC within the committee’s rankings this season, and that is unlikely to vary on Choice Day.
No. 6 Oklahoma 30, No. 7 Baylor 23 (OT)
After an exciting 4 quarters, Oklahoma seals the sport with stifling protection in time beyond regulation to defeat Baylor 30-23 and win its second consecutive Huge 12 championship.
It wasn’t precisely profitable with type, however with Oklahoma’s time beyond regulation win in opposition to Baylor — the second time this season the Sooners defeated the Bears — figuring out the highest 4 must be extraordinarily straightforward for the committee. If LSU beats No. four Georgia to open the ultimate spot, the Huge 12 champs ought to slide proper in with little debate, because the Sooners simply added one other top-10 win and convention title to their résumé.
Oklahoma’s protection, which was traditionally unhealthy final 12 months, has improved drastically this season beneath coordinator Alex Grinch and was a key issue on Saturday. Though OU has gained shut video games for over a month (profitable by simply 6.5 factors per sport in November), its convention title and wins over ranked opponents Baylor and No. 25 Oklahoma State will make it straightforward for the committee to justify the No. four spot. No. 6 Utah is certain to drop after its loss to Oregon within the Pac-12 title sport on Friday night time, opening the door for OU to return to the semifinals.
No. 13 Oregon 37, No. 5 Utah 15
CJ Verdell runs for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon wins 37-15 to safe its spot within the Rose Bowl.
On an evening when the Pac-12 had the choice committee’s undivided consideration as the one sport being performed, No. 5 Utah flopped in improbable style, as two-loss Oregon totally outplayed the Utes en path to profitable the convention championship.
Utah’s loss crushed the Pac-12’s playoff hopes, but it surely was precisely what the Huge 12 wanted. The winner of Saturday’s sport between Oklahoma and Baylor shall be in prime place to complete within the fourth spot — assuming No. 2 LSU knocks No. four Georgia out of it. If Georgia loses, the Allstate Playoff Predictor offers Oklahoma a 70% likelihood to make the playoff with a Huge 12 title, and Baylor a 59% likelihood with a win.
What we’re watching
No. 23 Virginia vs. No. three Clemson (7:30 p.m. ET/ABC)
Can Clemson keep away from what can be the most important upset within the Energy 5 title video games? It ought to, as a result of the Tigers are averaging 50.four factors since Oct. 12 and going through a three-loss group making its first look within the ACC championship sport. If Clemson would not? There is a good likelihood the defending nationwide champs can be disregarded. It could be onerous for the choice committee to deem Clemson “unequivocally” one of many 4 finest groups within the nation with the No. 85 energy of schedule.
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. eight Wisconsin (eight p.m. ET/Fox)
Can Ohio State hold on to the highest spot? Even when the Buckeyes lose, assuming it is a shut sport, they’re in all probability nonetheless in, but when Ohio State and LSU each win, how they give the impression of being within the course of might decide who finishes No. 1. They’ve comparable résumés and have been extraordinarily shut within the eyes of the committee. Heading into Saturday, LSU was No. 1 in ESPN’s energy of report metric, and Ohio State was No. 2.