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Corn Flakes: What Will Happen With The Big Ten And College Football Playoff

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We’re coming down to the finish of another beautiful college football season. What’s going to happen next?

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

A huge week coming up in Big Ten football!

Nebraska gets Iowa at Iowa, and while I hate Iowa as much as the next guy, it’s going to be a pretty difficult game for Nebraska to win. Nebraska must win it if they expect to have any hope of winning the Big Ten West. Lose and the Huskers are done, no matter what happens with the rest of the division.

The main contender for the Big Ten West is of course Wisconsin. They get Minnesota this weekend in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Most consider this game a clear win for the Badgers, but I wouldn’t be so quick to write the Gophers off. Maybe that’s confirmation bias.

The Big Ten East scenarios are established and here they are from the mothership. Note this about the Big Ten West from that same article:

In the West, the likely winner is Wisconsin.

And then Jason Kirk from our mothership, whom I enjoy, does this on his bowl projections. (He projects Nebraska in the Outback Bowl against Auburn.):

The West champ is likely Wisconsin.

I have to hand it to my mothership counterparts. They’ve not only dismissed Minnesota, but Nebraska as well. Any time you can pull off a two-fer insult in such a subtle manner, well, I’ll tell you, it’s a testament to your wit. Or it’s an indication that the mothership staff is full of Southerners who have a disdain for anything North. Or maybe it’s that Nebraska hasn’t proved much this season and Minnesota, well, they’re just Minnesota.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so picky. They are correct, after all. The chances of Nebraska winning AND Wisconsin losing are pretty small (don’t take that as an insult against our Huskers, please).

Here’s my predictions for what’s going to happen between the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff:

  • Michigan beats Ohio State this weekend to advance to the Big Ten Championship game. They then advance to the College Football Playoff after beating Wisconsin for the Big Ten title.
  • Ohio State doesn’t make the Big Ten title game but does make it to the College Football playoff because I have no idea how you could keep the Buckeyes out of playoff.
  • Alabama is an obvious choice for the playoff. Not only are they a juggernaut that everyone is tired of, but it’s not safe to go against them at this point. It’d be like inviting the Robopocalypse.
  • Clemson would have to screw up pretty badly at this point to not be included in the playoff. They have South Carolina this coming weekend, then play either North Carolina or Virginia Tech for the ACC title.
  • I’m not sure Washington will get past Washington State this coming weekend in the Apple Cup. I was pretty high on the Husky bandwagon earlier this season, but USC really stuffed them into a bucket a couple weeks ago, and the national perception of the Pac 12 wasn’t that great to begin with.
  • The Big 12? Not a chance in hell unless you consider that the College Football Playoff Committee makes rankings based on whatever they want and you can be damned and stomp your feet if you don’t like what they’re doing.

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