Clemson is the latest upset victim, as the No. 2 Tigers lost to Syracuse 27-24 on Friday.
The Tigers are the defending national champions and were No. 2 in the country behind only Alabama. It’s the second week in a row a top-3 team lost as a huge favorite. Last Saturday, No. 3 Oklahoma lost to Iowa State, 38-31.
On Friday, Clemson QB Kelly Bryant left the game with a concussion. Bryant was also dealing with an ankle injury going into the game.
Syracuse QB Eric Dungey passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the upset.
What does this mean for the College Football Playoff? Well, 6-1 Clemson now likely needs to win out to have a shot, as no two-loss team has reached the four-team playoff. However, the Tigers did rebound from a late-season loss last year at home to Pitt by winning the ACC Championship Game and getting the No. 2 spot for the semifinals. Clemson, of course, beat Ohio State and then Alabama for the national title.
So while the Tigers aren’t out of the hunt yet, it does make them much more vulnerable. And it also raises the possibility of one conference getting two teams into the playoff. Last season, Penn State almost joined Ohio State in the playoff, finishing No. 5.
This season, the Big Ten has Penn State ranked No. 3 (though possibly moving up now that Clemson lost), Wisconsin at No. 7, Michigan No. 17 and Michigan State at No. 21. Make no mistake, the Big Ten will get a team into the playoff. But if Ohio State wins out and Penn State is 11-1, both could make it. It’s also possible a 12-0 Wisconsin beats a 12-0 Penn State (or the opposite) and both the Badgers and Nittany Lions make the playoff.
Then there’s the SEC. Alabama is No. 1 and Georgia is ranked No. 4. A titanic SEC Championship Game is possible, so don’t count out the possibility of both teams making it if a 12-0 Alabama defeats a 12-0 Georgia in Atlanta.
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