The Tennessee thing was crazy and I don't know what to believe. I guess it depends on what Schiano actually knew or not. I don't see why UT would be upset with the actual hire because the DC at Ohio State with a history of winning at Rutgers, so I guess I tend to believe them when they say they want nothing to do with anybody associated with that PSU story. But maybe they just went insane. I don't know who think they were going to get. I know they have this mythology about John Gruden built in their heads, but Chip Kelly is probably not an SEC guy, and it sounds like Scott Frost is going home. So I just don't know what to believe, whether it is UT fans, whether it is McQueary or Bradley, or any of it.
As for the playoff. I think the SEC champion is in, even though Auburn has that dumbass loss to LSU. And that's about all I know.
Clemson is likely in if they win. They beat Auburn convincingly, they have dominant road wins vs VT and Louisville, and their loss came on a Friday with an injury to Kelly Bryant. If we're going to have a playoff, accounting for injuries in single games is probably at the top of the list of things to account for.
Miami I think would need to run things up, but without better QB play, that's not going to happen. The chain jumped the shark for me when dorky ESPN white people started wearing versions of it. I'm not sick of it, but Miami has forced nearly 40 turnovers this year, which has kept the chain in full sight the entire year. Miami's road schedule is probably their undoing, but we'll see if they can beat Clemson.
I don't expect TCU to give OU any kind of game this time either. I agree OU is going to get in, and they absolutely should be in ahead of any Big Ten team, but I don't have any idea if they are better than the teams that got massacred by Clemson in 14 and 15. I want scheduling mandates so we have an idea if "top 10" Oklahoma State and TCU teams are actually worth those rankings. TCU managed to get one of their starting safeties suspended for the first half thanks to the fight in the Baylor game, too. There is part of me that feels like you should have to go undefeated if you are in the Big 12, and not only did OU lose, they lost at home to a 7-5 team with very, very little in the way of NFL talent.
Wisconsin might still need some help. They are another team that it would be nice to send a scheduling message to, especially if you play in a division without real competition. They need to win as big as possible. Same goes for Ohio State, who to me would need help from a TCU, because 2-loss tOSU shouldn't be ahead of 1-loss Bama. Now, if Auburn goes ahead of Alabama, that would be a real mess, because that would be the opposite of what they did last year, even if I do think there is justification for Auburn being the better representative this year - PSU probably was last year, too.
With regards to Alabama. They kind of limped home at the end of the year due to longer term injuries I think. I hope the committee looks at the FSU game again. FSU was healthy and that was pre-hurricane. Now I know a lot of schools in Florida thrived this year, but they all had their starting QBs. That FSU/Bama game was a delight of hard hitting, NFL talent, and pure speed. Bama might need one of three upsets - either Miami, Big Ten, or TCU - but I hope their accomplishment and having the guts to play FSU is rewarded. I'm still not in the mindset of just rewarding "the best team at the end". I want teams that played well in September to be rewarded, too.