Poll Dancing: Final Playoff Projections

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This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes… again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need… of some… stranger’s hand
In a… desperate land

The Doors put out “The End” in 1967, and they were far ahead of their time. They also weren’t talking about college football. But thanks for reading this spot all year, predicting the playoffs from week one to now. This is the end … of our elaborate plans, the end.


1. Florida State
2. Oregon
3. Alabama
4. Ohio State

‘Splaination: Ohio State is only in this spot because the Buckeyes drew and quartered Wisconsin. Defeating the Badgers by three points (or some other narrow margin), coupled with Baylor’s win over Kansas State, would have made me feel like the Bears deserved the nod. Overall, however, Ohio State’s resume was better either way, it’s just that knowing you’re going into a championship game with your THIRD STRING QB and destroying a top five defense anyway means that if we’re picking the best four TEAMS, Ohio State deserves in.

TCU, bless its heart (and 52-point wins) did all it could other than defeat Baylor, and that’s the difference. Look, if the committee is really scrapping its sheets from week to week and starting over, you can’t put TCU in based basically on a win over Minnesota, nullifying the head to head loss to Baylor.

If you do, then Ohio State clipped that same Minnesota team and did it in Minnesota, which is more impressive than skinning them in your place. It’s an odd set of circumstances for TCU, which had a great season, but as Kurtis Blow said, “these are the breaks.”

You’ve got to win the right ones, and TCU just didn’t. Ohio State went dirty when it had to. And here we are. It has nothing to do with the Big 12 not having a title game. It just ends up like this because that’s how it should.


5. Baylor
6. TCU

See you in August. Stay safe this offseason, and don’t listen to Nickelback.