On Jan. 1, the anointed four best teams in college football — all with one loss — will play in semifinal games for the national title.
Just missing out was another one-loss team, followed by a group of six teams — five with two losses and one with three losses.
That takes the list down to 12th in the College Football Playoff ranking, to the only undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision: Central Florida, which will take a 12-0 record into the Peach Bowl against Auburn.
By all accounts, Central Florida is big-time in everything but perception. At 66,000 students it is, by some measuring sticks, the largest university in the country. Its student population is...