Atlanta to Atlanta? How FSU-Bama can create firsts for the CFP – ESPN
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has a question for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee: Can a “great” two-loss team that played a “phenomenal schedule” finish in the top four ahead of a one-loss team that played a weaker schedule?
“Great” as in the loser of the Florida State-Alabama game.
“Are they willing to make that jump?” Fisher asked of the committee. “That will be the interesting scenario to me if it ever happens.”
It has not happened yet in the three years of the CFP, but if it does, the third-ranked Seminoles’ game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 2 (ABC & WatchESPN, 8 p.m. ET) could be the catalyst for it, along with several other unprecedented scenarios. Don’t eliminate the loser, and don’t crown the winner — but consider the debates that would ensue if it’s a close game and both teams actually live up to the hype of their preseason rankings through late November.
“There are some interesting scenarios that are going to come up, but if you want these big opening games,” Fisher said, “are you going to reward them if it doesn’t turn out right and it’s still a very competitive football game, making it worthwhile for you to do it?”
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Both Fisher and Alabama coach Nick Saban enter Week 1’s headliner game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta knowing it’s a gamble for their chances at the CFP.
“If we lose two games this year and still win the SEC and don’t get in the playoff, I understand how it works,” Saban said. “There will probably be more teams that lost one game or no games, who will have a better opportunity to get in than we will. I’m not saying I’m