The hard part is now being finalized on lockdown in Grapevine,
OK, but the rest to what?
The four-team playoff is new to everyone involved, with a built-in-its-hardware understanding some people are not going to like what they hear.
"I don't think there will be a lot of tolerance for sour grapes,"
Well, congratulations to you, Mr. Scott, and your commissioner cohorts, for delivering on expectations.
Assorted and aggrieved fan bases may be stomping on sour grapes when committee chairman Jeff Long announces the final four at a Sunday morning news conference.
The playoff was designed not to work, if only because five major conferences are competing for only four positions.
Is there a chance No. 3 Texas Christian, after a 55-3 win over
What about No. 4
Is it even conceivable the committee will snub the undefeated defending national champions?
What about No. 5
Well, guess what?
Backup Cardale Jones stepped in and led the Buckeyes to a resounding 59-0 win over
What about No. 6
This playoff already needs a shoehorn.
The way it looks here, the
It could, gulp, elevate Ohio State to No. 3 and leave the Big 12 out.
It could note that the Big 12, by choice, is the only major conference that does not play a title game.
The Big 12, which touted a slogan "One True Champion" because its league played a true round robin, is now semantically waffling over its co-champions.
In the old
The committee could leave out the Big 12 and state the four other playoff teams all played an extra game, against a ranked opponent, in a title game.
The committee could suggest the Big 12 host a championship game as early as next year.
Ousting the Big 12 would also leave us with two dreamy semifinal games.
If the committee moves Ohio State to No. 3 and leaves Florida State at No. 4, the
For the record, two of the most powerful voices in the committee room are Barry Alvarez and
This is only tantalizingly possible speculation and would make perfect sense to everyone except the Big 12.
All we can do now is hurry up and wait.
The first three weekend playoff cases were stated, emphatically, by the combined score of 148-29.
In early October, after Oregon lost at home to
The Pac-12 was actually the first conference to clinch a playoff spot after No. 2 Oregon routed Arizona, 51-13, in Santa Clara on Friday night.
"We had a lot of motivation going into this game," Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said.
Third-ranked TCU, knowing it had to leave no doubt against Iowa State in Fort Worth, left no doubt.
The Horned Frogs won, 55-3, but the results of other games Saturday should now make the Frogs squirm.
"I don't know what happens tomorrow," TCU Coach Gary Patterson said. "We've done everything we can do."
Well, not everything. TCU could have not blown a 21-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 61-58 loss to Baylor.
That head-to-head defeat may be the playoff difference maker.
TCU played tentatively, early, against Iowa State until Patterson called his team for the halftime talk.
"Quit worrying about style points," Patterson said he told his team. "You're playing too tight. Just go win the championship and play. Quit trying to think you have to do this all at once."
Top-ranked Alabama didn't need to sweat out a committee vote after it pasted
A close game might have cost Alabama the top seeding to Oregon, but the Crimson Tide certainly played well enough to secure the top seeding and a Sugar Bowl bid.
It was a crowning moment for Coach
The first-year coordinator, a year after his ignominious airport firing at USC, resurfaced to add significant punch to Alabama's offense.
The regular season is finally over, and now the final playoff ballots go to 12 judges in Texas.
You wanted a four-team playoff? Well, here it is.
"I think we all went into it eyes wide open," Scott, the Pac-12 commissioner, said. "I'm fully expecting there will be some controversy."
You can set your alarm to it.