Caller: What if five teams go unbeaten, but Alabama loses to Georgia by a field goal in the SEC Championship Game and Urban Meyer announces he can’t coach any longer the day before the final vote and UCF joins the Big 12? Who gets in then?
Caller: So Notre Dame goes undefeated and challenges the ACC Atlantic champ to a winner-take-all game and Texas loses this time to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. Who gets in?
Caller: What if the champions of all five Power 5 conferences have one loss and Notre Dame is unbeaten? Who gets in?
It has almost become a cottage industry to talk about the College Football Playoff even before the season, but it always ramps up once we get through the first six games. Call it Mocktober.
Which is why the playoff is doing just what the powers that be were hoping for — everyone talking about college football.
And yet, you know that the rest of the season is going to have these stunning upsets that are going to change the landscape drastically. Today’s mock picks are tomorrow’s refuse.
The smart thing is to lay back and let it all unfold. It could be glorious.
But there are a million talk shows and a hundred possible scenarios and it makes good radio and TV even if none of it means anything.
Who you would put in now is about as relevant as bowl predictions. They are interesting to talk about the way it’s interesting to project NFL playoff teams. And then football happens.
I know you don’t care what I think because the way I have been predicting things I could miss picking the winner of the first rounds of the baseball playoffs. And they are finished.
Last week was as bad as the previous week was good. It’s really hard to go 4-6, but Dr. Football managed to do it. The management of The Picks apologizes. That’s a mediocre 38-22 for the season. If I don’t do better this week, someone else will be picking.
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT: I know you want me to do it. You want me to pick Vandy, because I have picked against the Gators three weeks in a row and they have turned their season around. Just understand one thing has nothing to do with the other. Florida, 24-17.
GEORGIA AT LSU: Man, Dr. Football has been struggling with this one. Part of me thinks LSU will bounce back at home. Part of me thinks Georgia has been waiting for this game to show how good it really is. The second part of me wins. Georgia, 30-23.
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN: This feels like one of those CFP elimination games. Kind of. Sort of. Maybe not. Oughta be a good one though. Michigan, 23-21.
MISSOURI AT ALABAMA: What is the over/under on Tua Tagovailoa incompletions in this game against that secondary? Three? Four? I’ll take the under whatever it is. Alabama, 42-21.
TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Another really tough pick. You think I’m bad at picking Florida games, I have whiffed on so many Gamecock games you’d think I’m facing nothing but curve balls. A&M, 30-23.
WASHINGTON AT OREGON: Here’s a question for you — why are there so many good games at 3:30 p.m. this week? Don’t they know we’re finally going to have a free night to watch games? Come on. Oregon, 35-31.
TENNESSEE AT AUBURN: After this game you’re going to hear how Auburn has figured things out offensively. Auburn, 38-13.
MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE: Michigan State is facing one of those season-saver games. Happy Valley is not a good place to try to save your season. Penn State, 34-13.
OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS: Since it went to an eight-game conference schedule, the SEC has had 18 teams go 0-8. It should add two more this season with Arky and Tennessee. Ole Miss, 45-21.
COLORADO AT USC: Is Colorado for real? If the Buffs win in Los Angeles, we might start believing. USC, 23-21.
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