The College Football Playoff Selection Committee could struggle this season determining the top four teams in the country, especially if there are a few programs that fall short of winning a conference championship but have notable wins over their RESUME. Season-defining games, at least a few months away, are difficult to categorize given the likelihood that many pre-season rankings will miss the mark.
You make an educated guess based on the conference championship projections and go from there, considering where potential matchups are in the spotlight and where they are on the schedule. For Alabama for example, many thought Crimson Tide’s shot at a title last fall was overturned at Texas A&M, but Nick Saban’s team won back against the wall and won a conference championship. .
Is there a Cinderella option outside of the top 10 that could make a playoff run or thwart the contenders’ perceived quest to make it there? We believe there are several.
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Here’s a look at nearly a dozen season-defining games in college football this season, listed in ascending order.