Could a two-loss team make the College Football Playoff?
Saturday's primetime, nationally televised matchup between No. 3 Clemson and No. 12 Florida State isn't as big as I thought it'd be. The Seminoles' two losses made sure of that.
But it's still pretty big. Clemson hasn't dominated this season but remains undefeated. I have the Tigers in my final four. That means this game will still have an impact on who comes to Tampa for the Jan. 9 national title game.
So what about FSU? Do the ‘Noles have any shot, at all, of sneaking into the College Football Playoff?
Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked this week about the possibility of a two-loss team getting in. Here's his response:
"Anything can happen. (If) you can figure out college football right now, tell me. I mean, you're not going to. We're in a crazy time right now. You don't know what's going to happen. But no, I don't see that. I could see it happening, I could see it not happening. It wouldn't surprise me a lick.
"LSU the first two years after I left, they lost one of them, and didn't they lose the last game of the season to Arkansas? I mean, and they still got in and won a National Championship, so that can happen there, I'm sure it could happen in the playoffs, and you've still got a lot of -- isn't there a lot of matchups still left to play in there somewhere? I mean, it could happen."
Could it happen? Sure, I guess. If Washington stumbles in the Pac-12, and West Virginia and Baylor trip up in the Big 12, or the SEC East champion (Gators? Vols?) somehow upsets the SEC West winner in Atlanta.
But don't count on it.