And when the dust settled, the favorites took care of business on Championship Weekend and left us with a much clearer playoff picture than we had a few days ago.
No. 1 Alabama certainly locked up its spot, routing Florida 54-16 to complete a 13-0 regular season and win another SEC title for Nick Saban.
No. 3 Clemson likely sewed up its berth, as well, though with a much less convincing 42-35 win over Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game.
No. 4 Washington blasted No. 8 Colorado 41-10 on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game, making just about the strongest case it could’ve hoped to make to stay in the top four.
Those three wins surely doused the hopes of Michigan, sitting at No. 5 behind all those teams and No. 2 Ohio State, who was idle and beat the Wolverines in their head-to-head showdown.
The only remaining intrigue lies with No. 7 Penn State, which added a quality win over No. 6 Wisconsin in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game. The Nittany Lions are now 11-2 conference champs and boast…