The winner of the ACC should get in but after last weekend, it’s not a lock. Miami and Clemson meet in Charlotte, with Clemson the favorite. Clemson lost earlier in the year to Syracuse but has won five in a row pretty much going away since then. Miami, on the other hand, just lost Saturday to an average Pitt squad, and that late loss could really haunt the Hurricanes. A Clemson win puts the Tigers in the Playoff. if Miami wins, all bets are off, but it is also possible both ACC teams get invited.
The SEC, for a while, looked like an Alabama – Georgia matchup. Then in the past three weeks, Auburn spoiled everyone’s party. Auburn has victories over both Georgia and Alabama and plays Georgia for the SEC Championship. An Auburn win puts coach Gus Malzahn's team in the Playoff. A Georgia win means Georgia is in but it could also put a second SEC team in.
Alabama has been ranked first or second in every Playoff poll. With its loss to Auburn, Alabama dropped out, but if Georgia can beat Auburn, Alabama can make a case that it should be invited.