I have a dream about the 2015 college football season. It is possible, although far-fetched, that my dream could come true, and it would certainly provide a great deal of entertainment.
My dream is that every major college team in the land suffer at least one loss prior to playing in a conference championship game. I would be fine with most teams having two losses. The lesser known undefeateds get to stay unbeaten, and an entire mess gets made, and everyone is emotionally involved.
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee makes its first announcement about teams it is looking at for the four-team championship series on Monday, Nov. 2. At that point, arguments can really begin about what they are correct about and what they need to be corrected about.
By that time, with what is scheduled for this weekend, portions of my dream can come true. Here is how we can see every team end up with at least one loss:
No. 1 Ohio State – The dream involves unbeaten OSU losing to either Michigan State or Michigan, but an MSU win has to be tied to an MSU loss somewhere. I will figure that out in five more steps.
No. 2 Baylor – I need all the Big 12 teams to have at least one loss. The conference has no title game, so let’s just start with unbeaten Baylor losing to Oklahoma in two weeks. Then Baylor can knock off Oklahoma State or TCU down the line.
No. 3 Clemson – Next weekend’s date with Florida State may be the best shot to knock off the unbeaten Tigers before the ACC title game. Otherwise, they will be the nation’s top dog going into the title game matchup against Duke, perhaps.
No. 4 LSU – The unbeaten Tigers have Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A & M in the next four weeks. If they go undefeated into the SEC title game, they deserve to be in the playoffs.
No. 5 TCU – See Baylor. The unbeaten Horned Frogs also have the Oklahomas to deal with, as well as the Bears.
No. 6 Michigan State – So if the unbeaten Spartans beat the Buckeyes, they will most likely be unbeaten going into the Big Ten title game against likely Iowa. I don’t want that. So how about we have the Michigan Wolverines beat the Buckeyes, the Buckeyes beat the Spartans, and everybody in that division will have at least one loss. OK, I feel better.
No. 7 Alabama – The Crimson Tide have their one loss but have LSU remaining as the only challenge. If I want the Tide to get a second loss, it may have to be against the yellow and purple. The Tigers can lose one of those other tough games on their schedule.
No. 8 Stanford – Stanford has its one loss from opening up against Northwestern. They have the Cal game and a regular season finisher against Notre Dame.
No. 9 Notre Dame – See Stanford. The one-loss Irish could lose to either Temple this weekend or Pittsburgh next weekend. With only one loss, the independent Irish would really mess up the selection process. Oh, wait, that’s what I’m looking for. Go Irish!
No. 10 Iowa – The surest sure thing going right now is that the Hawkeyes will be unbeaten going into the Big Ten title game. They face Nebraska in the regular season final but the Cornhuskers are only a minimal threat. Here is hoping the team that beats them in the Big Ten title game already has its one loss.
There are four unbeatens not in the AP top 10 – Oklahoma State (with Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma still to play), Memphis and Houston (who play each other Nov. 14) and Toledo. I am willing to allow any of the last three to remain unbeaten just to mess up the playoff picture a bit more.
Let’s see all of this happen and let the glorious arguments begin.