Top questions from a weekend of college chaos

An upsetting weekend all around for college football: Here Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a call during the second half against Iowa, (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

An upsetting weekend all around for college football: Here Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a call during the second half against Iowa, (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Classify the level of sublime chaos in college football last weekend at the highest level – a Category F5 whirlwind sweeping through some of the best neighborhoods in the game.

For the first time in three decades the Nos. 2,3,4 teams in the country lost on the same weekend, leaving quite a muddle for the good people of the playoff committee to make right. They are going to require some extra chainsaws, wood-chippers and perhaps some FEMA assistance to straighten out this mess and come up with the final playoff four.

And there is unbeaten Alabama sitting above it all, untouched, not a hair out of place, stretched out in kingly repose while everyone else scraps for a place at the table.

Beneath the Crimson Tide is a tar pit of one-loss teams and complications. Here are but some of them.

The Ohio State question: Won’t the Buckeyes pose the most difficult quandary of them all? Say the one-loss Buckeyes win out, beating Michigan in the process. Meanwhile two-loss Penn State beats Michigan State and Rutgers and advances to the Big 10 title game ahead of the Buckeyes (which the Nittany Lions beat last month, on the strength of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown). Just looking at Ohio State, you know it is one of the four best teams in the country. But would you rightfully put a team that didn’t win its conference division in the playoff mix?

The Clemson question: Now that they finally found a dire, MacGuyver-like tight spot from which they could not escape, did the Tigers eliminate themselves with the loss to Pitt? Not at all. They can recover, win the ACC and still have a very strong claim to the playoff – possibly playing Alabama in the Atlanta semifinal, reprising last season’s championship game.

The Louisville question: Don’t you want the Cardinals in there, just to see Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson on that big stage? But do you really want to see anything good happen for their coach, Bobby Petrino? Clemson, which beat Louisville by six this year, is a large obstacle.

The Saturday’s victims’ question: How much did Michigan, Washington and Clemson hurt themselves in Saturday’s mash-up? Not critically. By winning out, all three can win their conferences and reinvigorate their claims.

The Big 12 question: Just how relevant is this conference in the discussion, saddled with no conference championship game? Oklahoma did what the playoff committee asked, and scheduled up for its non-conference opponents, paying the price with two losses. Guess that will teach the Sooners.

The Big Question: Does any of it really matter in the end? Isn’t it all so much hollow debate if no one can touch Alabama on the field?

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

TOHIO crying again when called out for being an obsessed loser posting 24/7 about the most relevant team in his head.

They have meds for that immature fool.

You act like a 10 year old that had his milk money stolen on the playground by a dawg fan!

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


Specifically, what meds, Dr.?


Reverting back to the playground again? 


You are projecting.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Drano would work. Come out from under TOJacket's desk, lying hypocrite, and I'll show you how.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Come out, come out wherever you are, cowardly lying hypocrite. Take your Drano like a good boy.

OH:IO
OH:IO

The Committee speaks again tonight. 


dogs will not be mentioned.


Western Michigan of the MAC will. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


Brilliant comment. 


Look who's always at the ready speaking of free rent. 


If you had a baby (God help us) or a friend of yours had a Zika baby you wouldn't be laughing. 


Talking sports smack is one thing. You, on the other hand are reprehensible. Where did yo mama go wrong?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

All that matters is the Dawgs continue livin as the most relevant team in your idiotic mind 24/7.

Cry me a river TOHIO fool!

OH:IO
OH:IO

@twelveofthirteen


I'd go with the most pathetic team and delusional (and pre-pubescent in your case) fan base. 


But that's just me. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Coming from the immature loser that posts 24/7, makes jokes about our OC, then tries to play the morality card.

Once again you just look like an obsessed, neurotic, mental case.

24/7 relevance inside the head of TOHIO.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Love how you get on that high horse after spending 24-7 insulting, berating, and belittling others.

Yet another perfect example of what gives you the stench of being the AJC blogs' resident lying hypocrite.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

You omitted a few words:

"That's just me, the lying hypocrite."

OH:IO
OH:IO

THE B1G may get two in the playoff before the Oh So Vaunted. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

I hear Memphis is cold this time of year:


Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas

Date: Dec. 30 -- Memphis

OH:IO
OH:IO

WOW! Black Jerseys for the Late November Classic on the Noon Snoozer alternative channel! 

dawg fan
dawg fan

Oh my bad.  Golf clap to the ACC Coastal for their impressive 1-2 record vs. the "SEC Least" this year.  Is there anybody more stupid in all of the land than a Georgia Tech football fan?  These morons will run their mouths about anyone and anything.  Facts mean very little to them.  Good grief they are thick. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  Really because Tennessee and Georgia handed the Coastal's two best teams their arses on a silver platter, but golf clap for that big Vandy win nerd. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Facts are the SEC Least is the most pathetic in all the land Dawgphlem.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@TOJacket


Facts are dogs ain't won shinola for a long long time. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Oh yea, we also beat VT. And had the lead the entire game. Once again, God you're stupid.

TOJacket
TOJacket

You're an idiot...both we're losing to each in the 3rd quarter....delusional dawgs, gotta love em. Lol

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Both "were" losing, fool.

Absolutely stunning that you can't post one sentence without a mistake.

Still calling God and others stupid, stupid?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

There you go again--calling God stupid.

What perverse satisfaction do you get by doing that?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Sweet predictions last week from TOHIO regarding the UGA/AU game.

WRONG AGAIN all mighty obsessed fool!

24/7

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Good to see dawgs remain the Most relevant team in the land for TOHIO. 24/7

OH:IO
OH:IO

Anyone note the dogs UL LA LA Late November Classic is not even a noon snoozer on the SEC! SEC! Network?


Nope, it's on the "alternative channel" of the SEC! SEC! Network:


A Noon Snoozer on the "alternative channel.."


woof woof

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Right alongside your noon snoozer against yet another hapless B-10 patsy.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I would have never imagined dawg fans crowing about beating the Tar Heels. Lol

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  I'm not crowing about anything.  They are  chump program in a chump conference.  I'm just laughing at what an embarrassing pile of crap the ACC Coastal is.  That's all. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

UGA signature win until you beat the injured Tigers.

TOJacket
TOJacket

It's ok Dawgphlem....you got the "Kirby's first year" excuse. Then you can use the "Kirby's 2nd year" excuse. And then you.....

dawg fan
dawg fan

@TOJacket  We didn't need any excuses against the defending ACC Coastal Chump.  We just needed to show up. Great little division you've got there nerd.   

TOJacket
TOJacket

Yea buddy...you guys were impressive...oh wait Chubb was then, now not so much.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

You say it like it's not worthy of a signature win, yet you didn't come anywhere close to beating them.

dawg fan
dawg fan

The Big Question:  If UGA disbanded its football program, what would OH:IO and TOJacket do with their lives?  How would they carry on?  It must be a scary thought for those guy(s).  OWNED. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan


dogs are disbanding whatever semblance of a 3rd tier program all by themselves, on the field, in the dope dorm and in the Athens PD (See Fulmer Cup). It's not this year, it's a multi-year trend. (See last decade and last century)


But hey Savior Fentang has done nothing and Savior Chuck and Duck is proving to be a one trick pony. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO Dogs are disbanding whatever semblance of pride and self-respect you might have had.  My God I have never seen some one this obsessively OWNED by a football team.  Do you think about anything else besides UGA football? 

TOJacket
TOJacket

I don't really think the rest of the nation would notice if the dawgs didn't show up, we're all used to it now after 11years of zip?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Did you really die while taking a UGA?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

11 years of zip, but still eons better than you and yours.

Who shows up on the Saturdays after Thanksgiving?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

You don't think of much, based on your empty-headed attempts at posting.