After a number of exciting games during the last week of College Football’s regular season this year, this upcoming week will answer the remaining questions as to who will fill out the entirety of the College Football Playoff.
The top game to watch this week is the Big Ten Championship between the Wisconsin Badgers (6) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (8). It is widely expected that the winner of this game will find a spot in the College Football Playoff, possibly joining The Ohio State University in the Playoff.
Other notable Championships coming up include the ACC Championship between the 11-1 Clemson (3) and 9-3 Virginia Tech (19), as well as other top conference games like the SEC Championship between Alabama (1)and Florida.
Additionally, the PAC 12 Championship features the Washington Huskies (5) going up against the University of Colorado (9). Depending upon the results of the game, it is expected that Washington will reach the Playoff with a victory. However, the question remains if Colorado could potentially reach the Playoffs if they win the PAC 12. If they handily defeat the Washington Huskies, there is a good chance they could move on depending how the other games go on.
In the American Athletic Championship Temple will be going up against Navy (21) and the MAC Championship will go between Western Michigan (13) and Ohio University. Despite Western Michigan’s successful undefeated season, they still have virtually zero shot to play in the Playoff matchup, although a BCS Bowl Game is likely for them.
There are also a couple regular season games going on, including Oklahoma State (14) going up against rival Oklahoma (7) in Norman. While another strong matchup between the unranked Baylor Bears at West Virginia (16) is underway as well.
Here are the rankings for this week, with changes certainly to come as the season begins to finalize.
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Florida State
- Western Michigan
- Oklahoma State
- West Virginia
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
What do you think? Who should have a shot to play for the National Championship depending on the results this week? How many spots should the Big Ten have in the Playoff? Let HYPELINE know what you think in the comments!