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SEC Banter: A quick look at the four teams currently slated in the four College Football Playoff spots
Ben Prevost writes SEC Banter weekly for The Times during the college football season.

I awaited the second College Football Playoff rankings with greater anticipation than the premier of Fletch and the Underhill Account.

Of course, Fletch and the Underhill Account exists only in my mind, but it’s an appropriate title and storyline for the next Fletch movie, which I’ve volunteered to star in as, who else, Fletch.

While “the Underhills are left, senor,” the College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings are here: (1) LSU, (2) Ohio State, (3) Clemson, (4) Georgia.

Pundits  say these teams’ playoff pictures are clear, but, on closer examination by SEC Banter’s discerning eye, that’s not necessarily the case.

Take No. 4 Georgia, for example. It’s win and you’re in, Dawgs, or so we thought.

The CFP Committee also stipulated that Georgia fans must confront the fact that their last national championship was nearly 40 years ago, and must govern themselves accordingly.

I think Georgia’s playoff chances just plummeted by 97%.

Georgia has a challenging but achievable path: beat Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, and LSU. Easy peasy!

On No. 3 Clemson, not only was the committee unimpressed by Clemson not playing anyone this year, they were downright flabbergasted by Clemson’s failure to merge with Auburn to create Clemburn.

Faithful Banter readers know I’ve called for the schools to merge for years.

After all, Auburn is Clemson without a lake, Clemson is Auburn with a lake.  Both are Tigers, so that’s easy.  Combine the weird purple/orange color scheme with the blue/orange scheme and, voila, you’re done!

As long as Clemson remains a member of the pathetic ACC for the rest of the season, they’re in.

This column is SEC Banter and I’m not qualified to judge a Big 10 team like No. 2 Ohio State, so I’ll go ahead and judge Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are favored by 53 points over Rutgers this Saturday. This informs you of the quality competition Ohio State faces week in, week out in the mighty slow, mighty boring, and mighty mundane Big 10.

Kidding aside, Ohio State might be the most complete team in the nation and I hope to see my Buckeye friends in the playoff.

The No. 1 LSU Tigers have a problem on their paws: they beat Alabama. What’s the problem, you ask?

The problem is LSU fans are sore winners, as they’ve demonstrated the past few days.

Of bigger concern is that LSU’s players are emotionally drained and physically exhausted after facing Alabama.

LSU plays Ole Miss on Saturday night in Oxford and you heard it here first: those pesky Rebels will give LSU all it can handle.

Speaking of all you can handle, I went ahead and booked a New Orleans flight and hotel for the national championship game to watch my Tigers.

I put the whole trip on the Underhill Account. Want the number?

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