Where did the Ducks end up after a not so thrilling Civil War over the Beavers? Where did the top ten end up in the penultimate rankings before Selection Sunday arrives?
Oregon rose up 13th after defeating the Beavers in a ho hum affair in the 2019 edition of the Civil War. How did the rest of the playoff ranking come to pass before the conference championship bouts on Saturday?
1. Ohio State
10. Penn State
Everyone in the top ten moved up several places due to Alabama losing the Iron Bowl to now 11th ranked Auburn. That missed field goal by Alabama ended up costing them a whopping seven spots from last week. Special teams, people, special teams. Alabama has no choice but to become LSU fans and wait for a New Year 6 bowl bid, provided that Georgia is beaten resoundingly.
#3 Clemson is the only assured team in the top four with an “easier" game against ACC Coastal winner Virginia (sorry, Hoos alums like SB Nation NCAA Team Brands Manager Caroline Darney)!. The ACC title game will be played on Saturday at 4:30 PM PT on ABC. Go Hoos!
#1 Ohio State retained its top ranking after an easy win over #14 Michigan last weekend and will face #8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship (5 PM PT FOX)
#5 Utah, #6 Oklahoma, and largely #7 Baylor are facing the prospect of play-in games this weekend should #2 LSU hold serve in the SEC title game (Saturday 1 PM PT CBS). If LSU is upset, then all bets are off on Selection Sunday.
Pending the outcomes of the Big 12 and SEC title games should the favorites win, Oregon still has a relatively good chance at representing the conference in the Rose Bowl should Utah win Friday night. If Oregon wins the conference title in very unlikely fashion then it’s an automatic Rose Bowl invitation as they don’t have enough chaos in their favor to get to four.
Projected Final Six
(if results hold for the favorites)
1. Ohio State