I got Northwestern as my spoiler to Notre Dame. We'll see. Ideally, Ohio St. will knock off Michigan or vice versa than one of those two win in the conference title game. I just don't have a good feeling about the playoffs this time.
UCLA is not Ohio St. of last season, nor the 8-4 Tennessee team of a couple of seasons ago. Also, why Texas is up (not from a actual standpoint, just a ranking standpoint), OSU is down and TCU are way down compared to normal. And even if Notre Dame loses one, will that be enough given OU's down year of a schedule? That goes back to why I want to see the Big 10 completely eliminated.
My wish list for the playoffs would be this:
- Notre Dame (just so Alabama could give Notre Dame their worst beating in history).