By the middle of November, the field of potential playoff teams in college football is expected to still be wide. 2017 is turning out to be very tight with clear scenarios already looking solid. There are seven teams who absolutely control their own destiny with a handful of teams hoping for some upsets to move their way in.
Let’s look at the scenarios that will determine the field of four, but first let’s look at a projection of the top seven ahead of the release of the official rankings tonight.
- Alabama – No question here.
- Miami – Their impressive victory over Notre Dame should propel them way up, though the committee might put them at 3 and Oklahoma at 2.
- Oklahoma – TCU was their biggest win since Ohio State and Clemson looked mediocre. Iowa State losing again may be enough of a mark on the Sooners to let Miami leapfrog them.
- Clemson – They just keep winning, but the shine is wearing off a bit as they haven’t seemed as dominant lately as they were before their loss.
- Wisconsin – Perfect record. Then again, most teams in the top 10 would have a perfect record playing their schedule.
- Auburn – The committee may take their two early losses and push them down to 7 despite beating the #1 team last week.
- Georgia – They didn’t just get beat. They were embarrassed and exposed the challenges of being a one-dimensional offense in the modern era.
Now, let’s look at the scenarios of why these seven teams control their own destinies:
One offs: Oklahoma and Wisconsin
With a win over TCU and Iowa State’s loss to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma would have to lose both of their final games (including this week’s home game against 1-9 Kansas) to be out of the Big 12 Championship Game. They’ll move into the top four with today’s release of rankings after Georgia and Notre Dame lost, but to stay there they’ll need to win out. For a two-loss Big 12 team to get in, other two-loss teams would have to quickly become three-loss teams soon.
Wisconsin will not have beaten a team that ends the season in the top 25 unless they beat the Big 10 East champion. Fortunately for them, they’re #5 looking in and two of the four teams ahead of them play each other, so all they have to do is win out. Despite being undefeated, they’re also the most vulnerable. They haven’t been tested enough, so Michigan at home and Minnesota on the road aren’t slam dunks. Then, there’s the Big 10 Championship game. If the right Ohio State and J.T. Barrett show up, they’re probably a better team than Wisconsin.
Unlike the ACC and SEC, the champion in the Big 12 and Big 10 may not get in if it’s not Oklahoma and Wisconsin. TCU and Ohio State are their likely opponents and both teams would probably end up at #5 or #6 even if they win their championships.
ACC: Clemson and Miami
Assuming they both win out before playing each other, the ACC Championship will be an elimination game for the playoffs. For both to make it in would require a strange set of circumstances, but it’s not out of the question. This is, after all, college football. Anything can happen.
SEC: Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia
Whoever wins the SEC Championship will be in unless there are crazy losses leading up to it. Georgia has the East locked down. Alabama will be undefeated going into the Iron Bowl against the best 2-loss team in the nation with Auburn. The winner of that game plays Georgia. It’s possible for two SEC teams to be in the playoffs if either Georgia or Auburn beat Alabama, but that would require an upset or two, just like with the ACC.
Before anyone starts throwing out Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, or any other teams with a chance, I’m not suggesting there’s no way anyone other than these seven can make it. Based upon the schedules and how the playoff picture currently sits, these seven teams are the ones who do not need help. For anyone else to make it in would require more losses than just the head-to-head matches in the ACC and SEC.
The race for the playoffs is tighter this year than the previous three. Things can shift quickly with upsets, but if four of the top seven win out, they’re in the playoffs. Teams on the outside have to hope for OU and/or Wisconsin to stumble or unfathomable losses leading into the ACC Championship Game. Otherwise, a combination of four of the top seven will be playing each other for the trophy.
These women are not brave
Look at all the brave women who chose to take a stand on that stage at the Golden Globes! They were bold, fierce, empowered, and they’re not gonna take it anymore! They spoke of their responsibility to create a different world for young women. They stood with new fervor, big actress tears streaming down their faces, and spoke of correcting the power imbalance and abuse that they just had no idea existed.
Except they did know. They knew it in 1997 when Kathleen Willey came forward about Bill Clinton. The New Yorker knew it in 1997 when Asia Argento told them Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. The LA Times knew in 2013 that Weinstein raped a woman. Playboy knew about Bill Cosby in 1996.
I’m sorry, but standing on a stage to proclaim with fire and fury that you’re not gonna take it anymore decades after the incidents were revealed is not bravery. Bravery would be writing an article in the New York Times about a sitting Democratic president who should be removed from office for abusing women. Real courage would be condemning Roman Polanski in 2003 after he won Best Director; or at least, booing him instead of the standing ovation he received. Bravery is being the first to stand up when nobody else is. Better yet, bravery is being the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus.
Kathleen Willey was brave. Paula Jones was brave. Juanita Broaddrick was brave. Hollywood and the liberal media diminished and abandoned them, while continuing to support and champion their abuser. There was no soap box drama at the 1998 Golden Globes when the pattern of Clinton’s abuse had become evident. But there wouldn’t be, would there? Not with an election on the line.
Hollywood, you abetted the behavior of a man in power and in doing so enabled the next 20 years of male power abuse to continue. Liberal media, you are responsible for having taught abused women all over the country that it is senseless to fight against a man who takes advantage of his position, because the bigger picture is more important. The ends justify the means. The ends of your ambitions of fame, and the ends of Clinton remaining in power justified the means of your looking the other way. You made this bed of tears, now you must lie in it.
Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping, harassment of young nurses
Comic book and Marvel movie fans who adore creator Stan Lee now have to contend with allegations of sexual misconduct from he 95-year-old. Allegedly, Lee has an affinity for the young nurses who take care of him, asking them for oral sex and groping some of them, according to a legal dispute against the icon.
“He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter,” a source told the tabloid. “There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.”
The source added, “He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”
I may not be a big fan of Marvel movies, but I’ve always liked Lee. From his quirky cameos in all Marvel movies to his brilliant creations that increased exposure for the comic book world and gave birth to the mega-movie franchise, Lee has always been someone I hoped was above the sexual misconduct fray in Hollywood.
If these reports are true, he may be categorized with the worst of them – feeling above the law with no filter or regard for how it affects the women he victimizes. While no accusations have been made of major sexual abuse, his alleged attitude is disturbing.
Hollywood: Forget our hypocrisy
At the Golden Globe, Hollywood took a stand against sexual harassment and gender pay gaps wanting you to forget that they are among the worst offenders in both categories. Natalie Portman thought is necessary to highlight the all male categories for Best Director, thus undermining the winner of the award whoever that was. Many wore black for their new “Times Up” campaign in demand of equal pay. Poverty is apparently sexist. Oprah stole the show teasing a presidential run. And more “activism” against sexual harassment persisted. All the while, for one night, Hollywood pretended that they weren’t the perpetrators of that which they protest against. They want us to solve an industry problem they face because this is the easiest way to deny personal responsibility.
All Male Directors
Natalie Portman felt the need to emphasize the nominees’ genders. This was an immature and cowardly move. It’s not their fault females weren’t nominated. And it’s also not their fault that fewer women are directing movies in Hollywood than men. If Natalie Portman wants to solve this problem instead of shaming people, she should direct a movie herself. She has a reputation. She can win backers. But this sounds like actual work. Instead she would rather undermine the directors who did put in work just because a female director wasn’t chosen to be among them. This also perpetuates the Hollywood mentality that being nominated for something has significant value. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “First or last.” Celebrating being nominated for something is as valid as celebrating a participation trophy.
Natalie Portman could write, direct, and produce her own movie, or at least two of those things. It’s not like women are incapable. To say that women need special encouragement to take more leading roles is ridiculous, especially when Hollywood. Natalie Portman is both lazy and childish. Instead of trying to score with the media, she should take constructive steps to solve the problem.
Time’s Up: Hollywood pay gap
Hollywood has one of the most persistent wage gaps in the US. However there are valid reasons for this. Many of the highest paid actors are true hustlers. How many movies was Dwayne Johnson in? The other thing is the market for talent. It’s the same reason why quarterbacks in the NFL make more than running backs or receivers. Now there have been valid concerns of an unfair wage gap in Hollywood. For instance two equally talented stars should make about the same amount of money if they have the same level of reputation. For instance, I wouldn’t deny sexism if Lena Headley on Game of Throne was making less than Kit Harrington. But the fault is Hollywood’s, not ours. Normal people have nothing to do with Hollywood wage differences in movies where male and female actors of equal reputation make a different wage. Hollywood needs to take the tree out of its own eye before demanding legislation that already exists. Or perhaps butthurt over economics drives the Time’s Up movement.
Poverty Is Sexist
I don’t think I need to explain this one a whole lot.
Nothing says you're in touch with the people you're preaching to like wearing a sweatshirt saying 'Poverty is Sexist' that costs $380. pic.twitter.com/gM8xURTpBs
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) January 8, 2018
And for the record, it’s ugly.
Update: That Poverty is sexist sweater retails for $380!!!!!
Do you know how many meals $380 could provide a family?
What a bunch of out of touch a-holes.#GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobes2018
Source for pricing: https://t.co/XqnZlug0Dt pic.twitter.com/xD61PIIzKE
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 8, 2018
Terry Crews remains one of the most believable voices to come out since Me Too. Why? Because he’s actually interested in solving the issue and is headed to court. He wants to resolve the problem. Many other voices just want to be heard which is why normal people think they just want attention. Also, normal people also don’t sympathize with people who used sex to get movie roles. But again we, normal males, are the problem. To us it seems like Hollywood is trying to cover up for the bad PR Harvey Weinstein brought. But lets not forget the infamous photo of Oprah kissing Harvey and the standing ovations for Roman Polanski. And Woody Allen wasn’t booted from the industry either. James Franco is still in the business too.Hollywood perpetuates their hypocrisy by protecting their own until it’s too late. They all knew what Weinstein was and did little. I suppose being strong is easier on screen than when it really matters.
— Michael (@TheIrishSOA) January 8, 2018
Wearing a black tuxedo isn't enough. We need men to SPEAK UP and stand beside us to fight to end sexual assault & rape culture.
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 8, 2018
The other hypocrisy is the condemnation of men not joining the women in the MeToo speeches. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. This is what I call a PC pretzel. If men don’t speak about a topic, they are contributing to the problem and warrant condemnation. If they do speak about something, they are “mansplaining” and warrant condemnation. There is no winning in a PC world.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
This isn't the Golden Globes. I'll tell you what this is:
This is a PR marketing gimmick to try to fool people into forgetting that Hollywood enabled and covered up for sexual predators, like Harvey Weinstein.
I see right through it. #GoldenGlobes
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 8, 2018
Hollywood can expect to lose relevance as they become more focused on activism. The American people see right through their sad facade. We are tired of their insistence that we are responsible for their industry, their culture. We are tired of hypocrites who buy a $380 sweatshirt to preach on poverty, and we are tired of people who enabled sexual misconduct telling us that we are the problem. The last couple of months weren’t some Bill Cosby cocktail party. We still remember that pedophiles and sleezebags roam Hollywood and go unchallenged by those who know. We won’t forget so easily.
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