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2016 College Football Playoff: What will the Committee Do Tonight?

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Will Michigan move to #2 after thrashing Maryland?

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The election plus CFB Playoff projections. This will be quite a Tuesday night. Last week the Committee was a bit shocking, placing Clemson over Michigan despite Michigan’s dominance this season and also putting, at the time, 1 loss Texas A&M over Washington. Here is a quick rundown of what could change their opinion for this week:

  • Alabama played a close, defensive battle against LSU as they always do. Offense was not really a thing down south this weekend but I don’t see Alabama moving out of the #1 spot.
  • Both Clemson and Michigan throttled inferior opponents this weekend, so there isn’t really much room for movement in their eyes between the two.
  • Texas A&M, who surprisingly made it in as a one loss team over undefeated Washington, lost over the weekend. This should end their playoff hopes that were already too high to begin with.
  • Washington destroyed California 66-27, which should move them into fourth, but....
  • Ohio State more thoroughly crushed Nebraska 62-3, who was also in the Top 10 at the time, so perhaps this sets up Ohio State jumping into the top 4 over Washington.
  • Louisville also put the beat down on a terrible Boston College team, so nothing changed there.

Not a lot has changed for the top three, as has been the trend most of the season other than the Ohio State loss, but the race for that fourth spot has gotten very interesting. Let’s take a look at how the OTE “writers” place the Top 4:

"Writer" Number 1 Seed Number 2 Seed Number 3 Seed Number 4 Seed
Aaron Yorke Alabama Washington Clemson Michigan
WSR Michigan Alabama Washington Clemson
MNW Alabama Clemson Michigan Washington
alnamais Alabama Michigan Washington Clemson
DJ Alabama Michigan Clemson Ohio State
Candy Alabama Michigan Washington Clemson
GF3 Alabama Michigan Clemson Washington
Graham Alabama Clemson Washington Michigan
Hilary Alabama Michigan Clemson Washington
Insertname Alabama Michigan Washington Ohio State
LPW Alabama Michigan Washington Clemson
Stew Alabama Michigan Clemson Ohio State

Which gives us a Top 4 of:

No. 1 Seed Alabama 47
No. 2 Seed Michigan 29
No. 3 Seed Washington 18
No. 4 Seed Clemson 18

What do you guys think? What will the committee do tonight? Use this as the open thread to discuss and we’ll update the article with the committee’s Top 4 when it comes out at 7:00pm ET!