Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas.
Here are some teams that have a small chance at best to make it to the championship but still deserve a mention.
No. 3 Oregon Ducks
The Ducks have a potent offense yet again and are ranked pretty high but their defense looks terrible at best for a team with championship hopes. They gave up a whopping 73 combined points against completely outmatched opponents.
The Ducks have to go through both Stanford and USC, and I don't see them beating either team.
No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners
The country saw that the receiver (Ryan Broyles) made the quarterback (Landry Jones) in 2011. Jones has not looked nearly as good since Broyles was injured and subsequently left for the NFL.
The Sooners have a pretty tough schedule and they will finish the season with at least two losses. I'm picking West Virginia and TCU to topple them, but it could be worse for the team from Norman.
No. 10 Clemson Tigers
As a mild Clemson fan I had high expectations for the Tigers this year, but after their shaky victory over an equally shaky Auburn team, I definitely have my doubts.
Clemson was without Sammy Watkins during that game, but Auburn has looked downright awful this year. The Tigers hung with Clemson til the end and that doesn't bode well for either team.
No. 11 Notre Dame
There's a great amount of undue hype about the Fighting Irish after they nearly shutout the Kirk Cousins-less Michigan State Spartans 20-3, but their narrow 20-17 victory over the mighty Purdue Boilermakers is far from convincing.
The Irish still have No. 18 Michigan, No. 9 Stanford, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 13 USC on their schedule. Ouch.
No. 12 Texas Longhorns
I'm throwing the Longhorns in because I've been hearing a bit of hype about them and just wanted to try to put an end to it.
The Horns are 3-0 after blowing out some weak competition, but they gave up a whopping 31 points to Ole Miss. Ole Miss...really?
Mack Brown's legacy is slowly dying and Nick Saban may just be the guilty party that showed him the door. He did it to Urban Meyer as well and Les Miles is next.
Any SEC Team That Isn't LSU
No team in the SEC West has a chance for a rematch in the title game other than LSU, and a team from the East that loses the 'Bama in the SEC championship just won't get a back-to-back do-over.
That and when the Tide rolls into Atlanta, they are going to flat out embarrass someone.