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Mock Selection Committee: Big shakeup at top of BCS, but not much has changed

by | College Football Blogger
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Anybody who has paid attention to college football since the dawn of the BCS knew that chaos would be making its way to football fields all over the country eventually this season, and on Saturday, chaos showed up.

Chaos took care of Kansas State and Oregon, making sure that Notre Dame was the last unbeaten standing. Of course, chaos has always been a symptom of the BCS.

What about the playoff that will begin in 2014? Will chaos remain in the new system?

I'm sure it will, but if this week is any indication, its effects may not be as great.

College Football Final Four
Semifinals Championship
1. Notre Dame Notre Dame OR Georgia
4. Georgia
2. Alabama vs. Alabama OR Oregon
3. Oregon
Bowl Games
GameMatchup
SugarNo. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Georgia
FiestaNo. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oregon
RoseNo. 9 Stanford vs. No. 16 Nebraska
OrangeNo. 7 Florida State vs. No. 8 Texas A&M
CottonNo. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 10 LSU
Chick-fil-ANo. 6 Florida vs. Louisville

There was a big shakeup at the top of the BCS, but on CBSSports.com's mock playoff selection committee -- a committee of 10 CBSSports.com reporters, columnists and bloggers -- not all that much changed. Last week's top four teams consisted of Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Alabama. All that has changed this week is that Oregon drops from the first to the third seed and Kansas State is replaced by Georgia. Which means that in 2014, only Kansas State would be truly suffering for its loss.

Which is to be expected when you lose to a 4-5 team by 28 points as Kansas State did.

Though if there's any solace for Kansas State in our mock playoff it's that there is still hope. Should Kansas State knock off Texas in its final game of the season, it will likely pass the loser of the SEC Championship Game and find itself right back in the playoff picture.

Of course, there's more to the new postseason than just the playoff. The bowl games do exist, and now that we know how the bowls will work, we've added our own bowl projections to our selection committee.

While Georgia and Notre Dame battle in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon and Alabama go at it in the Fiesta Bowl, there are four other games left to fill. So who ends up where?

The Rose Bowl gets exactly what it always wants with a matchup of the Pac-12 and Big Ten. This year it would be Nebraska and Stanford playing in the Granddaddy of them all. The Orange Bowl would take ACC champion Florida State and Texas A&M. Now, Florida is the highest ranked SEC member left in our poll, but nobody wants a rematch, right?

And it's not as if Florida gets left in the cold, as it will be in Atlanta taking on Louisville in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. Louisville earns the bid for being the highest ranked team from the "group of five."

Finally we have the Cotton Bowl, which will gladly accept Kansas State and LSU to JerryWorld.

Of course, all of this is subject to change. Chaos hasn't left yet, and it still has two weeks left to work with.

The CBSSports.com playoff selection committee is: Tony Barnhart, Dennis Dodd, Bruce Feldman, Tom Fornelli, Jeremy Fowler, Jerry Hinnen, Matt Hinton, Chris Huston, Jerry Palm, Chip Patterson.

Selection Committee
Team Total Barnhart Dodd Feldman Fowler Fornelli Hinnen Hinton Patterson Huston Palm
Notre Dame1501111111111
Alabama1352322222226
Oregon1235533345333
Georgia1163744454652
Kansas State1066676636464
Florida9948575638105
Florida State861110657710549
Texas A&M779210811987811
Stanford727491091299910
LSU6989129108710117
Clemson5412118118111312713
UCLA2814131113131515111314
S. Carolina311015131212101114----
Oklahoma291314--14--131213128
Oregon State13--12------1414--1512
Nebraska515----15--------1415
N. Illinois4----15--14----15----
Texas3----14--15----------
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