The Oklahoma Sooners and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are both in contention to get into the second College Football Playoff. At this point in time, however, Notre Dame is ranked ahead of the Sooners for the fourth and final spot.
However, their destiny may be out of their hands.
ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum expects the Sooners to take Notre Dame over for the spot even if both teams win the remainder of their games.
Finebaum gave a very detailed answer about why he felt the Sooners would overtake the Fighting Irish.
“It will be Oklahoma because they will have tremendous momentum,” he said. “That’s why this is such a bizarre process and I get high blood pressure every Tuesday night. And I understand what you see last matters. That’s in basketball, that’s in any sport that’s subjective. But it is exasperating and I just shake my head. And I happen to like [committee chairman] Jeff Long a lot but when I watch him every Tuesday night it’s like he and his committee are trying to come up with a new flu vaccine.
“It really isn’t that difficult, Greeny. I think the three of us could sit in a bar on Rush St. in Chicago on the final Sunday of the year and probably do just as well.”
While Notre Dame would be falling out of the playoff picture, Finebaum also implied that Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State would still be the other three teams. Adding Oklahoma into that group of team would make for a very intriguing couple games.
Oklahoma has two very tough games left on their schedule. They will have to go up against the No. 18 ranked TCU Horned Frogs as well as the No. 6 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. If the Cowboys are able to win out, they would be the team that would have a chance to overtake Notre Dame.
All of that being said, the race for the College Football Playoff is underway and it has never been more intense.
Teams know that they have one last chance to make a run at making it into the field and it all starts now. With two weeks left to make statements, teams like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have everything to lose.
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