TOUGH CALLS: 5 tricky scenarios for playoff committee

If you are the type of person who wants the College Football Playoff selection committee's job to be as difficult as possible then you should root for these scenarios to play out over the next four weeks.

1. Ohio State wins the Big Ten, but loses to Michigan.

The Buckeyes seem to be getting at least a little bump - maybe subconsciously - from the committee for being defending champions. But ultimately their resume will be built on three games - Michigan State, Michigan and the conference title game. Would the Buckeyes still get the benefit of the doubt as a one-loss conference champion?

2. Clemson wins the Atlantic Coast Conference, but loses to South Carolina.

The Tigers could be left with three good wins - Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina - and a loss to a team that probably won't be bowl eligible.

3. Oklahoma wins the Big 12 with one loss.

Similar to Clemson, the Sooners could have three big wins - Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State - and one loss to a team that maybe doesn't break .500 (Texas).

4. Both Utah and Notre Dame beat Stanford.

The Utes at 12-1 against the Irish at 11-1?

5. Florida wins the Southeastern Conference, but loses to Florida State.

Could leave the SEC with nothing but two-loss teams. Though that might not make things difficult on the committee as much as it would make things difficult on the SEC.

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