The most chaotic College Football Playoff scenarios that will make fans cringe

Sep 9, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe (4) fends of Texas Longhorns defensive end Ethan Burke (91) as he scrambles out of the pocket at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Texas defeated Alabama 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr. -USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe (4) fends of Texas Longhorns defensive end Ethan Burke (91) as he scrambles out of the pocket at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Texas defeated Alabama 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr. -USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; An official gives Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) a hand getting up during the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State lost 30-24.
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; An official gives Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) a hand getting up during the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State lost 30-24. /

Ohio State sneaks in

This is my least favorite scenario of all. Not just because of my family ties to Penn State, but because with this great college football season that has so many outstanding quarterbacks, America deserves better than being subjected to four hours of Kyle McCord on New Year’s Day.

Still, there’s a chance that the Buckeyes and this elite Jim Knowles defense find a way into the CFP.

  • Georgia beats Alabama
  • Michigan beats Iowa (I refuse to acknowledge Iowa winning this game as a possibility)
  • FSU loses to Louisville
  • Texas loses to Oklahoma State
  • Washington beats Oregon again (or Oregon dominates Washington)

As long as Alabama, FSU, and Texas all lose and the Pac-12 championship game isn’t won by Oregon on a last-second field goal, then I think Ohio State would get the nod.

The committee only dropped the Buckeyes to No. 6 after the loss to Michigan, and they’d certainly get in over any two-loss team.