So as promised, FOR FUN, I will use the rankings to project my hypothetical 8-team playoff. This is going to require a few projections of future results
SEC champion: Alabama
B1G champion: Penn State/Wisconsin*
Big 12 champion: Oklahoma
ACC champion: Clemson**
Pac-12 champion: Washington***
G5 representative: Western Michigan****
At-Large #1: Ohio State
At-Large #2: Louisville
*I know that right now Ohio State and Michigan are the two highest-ranked B1G teams, but if OSU beats UM they are blocked from the B1G title game by Penn State. So I am projecting that OSU wins and makes the B1G title game PSU vs. Wisconsin. If UM beats Ohio State, the title game will be UM-Wisconsin.
**Clemson sites one spot above Louisville right now and will win the ACC on the h2h tiebreaker if both win out. I think Louisville may be the better team but at this time Clemson is on pace to be the ACC champion.
***For now I am projecting that Washington will recover from the USC loss and win the Pac-12. If they beat Washington State in the Apple Cup, they still make the Pac-12 title game.
****Right now Boise State sits one spot higher than Western Michigan in the CFP rankings. With that said, under my hypothetical expanded-playoff system, I cannot imagine the committee denying an undefeated team in the G5 spot if one exists.
*****Since this projection included Ohio State beating Michigan, I assume that OSU will remain the highest-ranked team that does not win a league title. I also assume that Michigan would drop below Louisville once they take a second loss.
OK. So that's a sample of what the field would look like with the projections named above. Now here's the thing that I think would make it enormously fun: starting from the highest-ranked team on down, let the top seeds choose their opponent. How much fun would that be?