CFP Quick Look: Conference Championship Edition
We’ve reached the conclusion to the 2022 college football regular season and the second to last rankings for the playoffs have released and we got a massive shake up in the top 4. Georgia remains with the #1 spot and will face #11 LSU in the SEC Conference Championship Game, Michigan gets the #2 spot after dominating #5 Ohio State on the road 45-23 to secure their spot in the Big 10 Conference Championship Game against the Purdue Boilermakers, setting up a possible playoff matchup with the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs in the Fiesta Bowl. TCU takes #3 and will have their rematch with #10 Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game, who they beat earlier this season 38-28, and new entree USC is #4. USC was the most obvious choice at #4 with their dominant home win over #19 Notre Dame and they’ll look to continue their streak in the Pac 12 Conference Championship Game in a rematch against #12 Utah, who they lost to earlier this season 43-42. With the leading man in the Heisman race QB Caleb Williams and former Biletnikoff award winner Jordan Addison, USC could take the rematch and face Georgia in the playoffs at the Peach Bowl. The committee continues to show its favoritism towards Alabama and give them the #6 spot over #7 Tennessee despite Tennessee beating Alabama and crushing LSU, who also beat Alabama. Both teams don’t have a realistic chance of making the playoffs with two losses each but for New Year’s Six bowl game purposes, you must get the rankings right. In two years, when the 12-team playoff format is available, the best teams will get their chance and we won’t have to mention anything about two losses on a team’s resume or how different teams performed against a common opponent. We have only one more playoff ranking shows left and if everything works out as many anticipate, the final 4 has been decided. Keep your eyes on the conference championship games as these teams could possibly see an upset alert.