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New blood in the college football playoff? Alabama, Clemson may join Oklahoma as stalwarts are left out in the cold

New blood in the college football playoff? Alabama, Clemson may join Oklahoma as stalwarts are left out in the cold

Turns out we don’t have to wait until the College Football Playoff expands to see new blood…or at least newis blood After a game-changing Saturday in Week 10, spots are open for unexpected playoff entrants with four weeks until Selection Sunday.

For the first time since 2014, the first year of the playoff, the top four in the weekly CFP rankings are not likely to include Alabama, Clemson or oklahoma. These three had combined for a total of 17 places in the eight year history of the event.

On Saturday, the three traditional powers all lost on the same day for the first time since 2007. Oklahoma was a disappointment after losing the most games (three) since 2014 before falling at home. Baylor.

But Alabama and Clemson? wow The two programs alone have accounted for 13 of the 32 holdups in the CFP’s eight-year history. Together, they have won five of eight CFP National Championships. Now, it’s possible or even likely that neither is a participant. The Tigers’ fall will likely be precipitous after the wheels fall off Our Lady.

Alabama fell to guts and guile LSU Brian Kelly, who was two in overtime Saturday night in Death Valley. The conversion hit: from a revamped quarterback Jayden Daniels in freshman tight end Mason Terry, reflected the razor-edge nature of the game. Freshman Terry is making a name for himself. Daniels, a senior, is finally finding his game.

“Before the game started, if you had asked me, ‘Hey, I’m going to give you one play, and if you’re successful on this play, you’re going to beat Alabama,’ I’m going to take that 100 times. 100,” Kelly said after the game. “And so, at that moment, it hit me like that.”

Kelly, who started 4-2, went from overpaid to maybe overrated. And by the way, LSU, now 7-2, controls not only the SEC West, but also a possible CFP heist. LSU, the only program in the BCS era to win it all with two losses (2007), is right back in that position.

The result hammered Saban, and the Crimson Tide had its reputation as the game’s gold standard.

This is the first game Alabama has lost in 15 years, dating back to Saban’s first season in 2007. The Tide have also lost twice before the Iron Bowl for the first time since 2010.

“It’s a little bit of an understatement to say how disappointed our team is, how disappointed we all are,” Saban said.

For worse, or better, depending on your perspective. Alabama and Clemson lost on the same day for the first time since November 30, 2013. It’s better known as Kick Six night and day. South Carolina last win at in-state rival Clemson. Bama dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the AP Top 25 the following Sunday with Clemson falling from No. 6 to No. 13.

“That was an ass-kicker, period,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said after the 35-14 loss.

For those of you who want variety in your CFP, it looks like you’re going to get it.

TCU (9-0) is one of four undefeated teams remaining. Now, it’s possible the Horned Frogs can afford a situational loss in their final three games and still get in there.

college footballThe favorite punchline of late, the Pac-12, is now a legitimate factor. USC has the best path with his only loss of a point a Utah. Responsible for the conference Oregon are unbeaten in the league, but this 46-point loss Georgia in the opening there might also be a cement coat for the Ducks.

Or maybe not.

Interestingly — or perhaps not — from tennessee The world is not as turbulent as we thought on Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, the Volunteers have a chance to be the No. 2 team in the SEC in the CFP. There will be an opener with Alabama and Clemson down, and Tennessee’s remaining schedule includes MissouriSouth Carolina and Vanderbilt. Of course, the flights need Georgia to take care of business.

If Tennessee’s competition for a top-four spot is TCU as the one-loss Big 12 champion and Oregon/USC/UCLA as the one-loss Pac-12 champion, who do you have? The CFP selection committee tends to favor the conference champions in these situations, unless the overall candidate is “clearly” better.

That’s ignoring it be miss could get into the big picture by winning against Alabama, Arkansas i Mississippi State. LSU now just needs to win at Arkansas and Texas A&M to get to Atlanta.

It’s no easy task for any of these teams, but this hasn’t exactly been an easy season for the CFP’s traditional squatters. For now, they have all been evicted.

Take a look Jerry Palm updated bowl projections after week 10 as well as the CBS Sports Bowl Eligibility Tracker for updates on what your team needs to do to bowl this season.





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