Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had better start ordering some pizzas.
Maybe Ohio State coach Urban Meyer can get him a good deal.
With only two weeks left in college football's regular season, we're down to 12 teams for the four spots in the College Football Playoff. With plenty of important games left to play, including the conference championship games, there seem to be seven legitimate contenders for the four spots, unless there's a big upset in the final two weeks.
We saw a few surprising results this past weekend, including UConn's stunning 20-17 victory over previously unbeaten Houston. As a result, the Cougars were one of three teams eliminated from contention by The Eliminator, which is narrowing the 128-team FBS field to the four spots for the playoff. TCU and Wisconsin also were eliminated.
Through 12 weeks, 116 of the 128 teams from FBS have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Here's where FBS stands after Week 12:
Better luck next season
I imagine it's pretty hard to focus on beating UConn when you're contemplating a $1.65 million raise, turning down job offers from Miami, Missouri and South Carolina and trying to fix Ohio State's broken offense all at once.
I'll tell you one thing: The next time my putting, driving and chipping go out simultaneously, I'm calling TCU coach Gary Patterson to fix it. The man has put in yeoman's work piecing together a team the past couple of months.
You're lucky it wasn't Ralphie on the other end of those snowballs, Wisconsin fans. He would have bloodied your face like Scut Farkus' in "A Christmas Story."
Eliminated in Week 1 (30 teams): Akron Zips, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Army Black Knights, Bowling Green Falcons, Central Michigan Chippewas, Charlotte 49ers (not bowl-eligible), Colorado Buffaloes, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Florida Atlantic Owls, Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia State Panthers, Idaho Vandals, Kansas Jayhawks, Kent State Golden Flashes, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, New Mexico State Aggies, SMU Mustangs, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, Texas State Bobcats, Troy Trojans, Tulane Green Wave, UCF Knights, UNLV Rebels, UTEP Miners, Vanderbilt Commodores, Washington State Cougars, Western Michigan Broncos, Wyoming Cowboys
Eliminated in Week 2 (27 teams): Appalachian State Mountaineers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Ball State Cardinals, Buffalo Bulls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Colorado State Rams, East Carolina Pirates, Florida International Golden Panthers, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Louisville Cardinals, Marshall Thundering Herd, Maryland Terrapins, Massachusetts Minutemen, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Nevada Wolf Pack, New Mexico Lobos, North Texas Mean Green, Rice Owls, San Diego State Aztecs, San Jose State Spartans, South Alabama Jaguars, South Florida Bulls, Utah State Aggies, Virginia Cavaliers
Eliminated in Week 3 (14 teams): Air Force Falcons, Auburn Tigers, Boston College Eagles, Connecticut Huskies, Iowa State Cyclones, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northern Illinois Huskies, Old Dominion Monarchs, Purdue Boilermakers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas Longhorns, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Eliminated in Week 4 (9 teams): Arizona State Sun Devils, BYU Cougars, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Ohio Bobcats, Oregon State Beavers, Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies
Eliminated in Week 6 (12 teams): Georgia Bulldogs, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas State Wildcats, Miami Hurricanes, Missouri Tigers, Navy Midshipmen, NC State Wolfpack, Oregon Ducks, Syracuse Orange, USC Trojans, West Virginia Mountaineers
The weekend started with five undefeated FBS teams, but only two were still standing after Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Houston were upset Saturday. With defending national champion Ohio State falling from the unbeaten ranks, No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama seem to be the clear front-runners for the top two spots in the playoff. Michigan State, which upset the Buckeyes 17-14 at the Horseshoe, might climb into the top four with two impressive victories over top-15 teams (Ohio State and Michigan). Oklahoma might grab the fourth spot, even after nearly blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 30-29 win over TCU. Iowa, Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford and Ohio State remain in the mix.
Still in contention
Sure, Charleston Southern can laugh about having more rushing yards than LSU's Leonard Fournette had against Alabama. At least the Tigers had four more first downs than the Buccaneers' eight.
How is that Bears coach Art Briles can get three quarterbacks ready to play, but eight SEC teams can't get one ready? Welcome back to the playoff hunt, Baylor.
The Tigers play at rival South Carolina in next week's regular-season finale. The Gamecocks are coming off a 23-22 loss to The Citadel, which plays at Coastal Carolina in the first round of the FCS playoffs. It's a shame the loser doesn't get to play the Gamecocks for third place in the state.
Unless you live in the Midwest, you might not know that Iowa has "ANF" decals on the back of their helmets. ANF stands for "America Needs Farmers." Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz thinks the CFP selection committee needs more farmers.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said his team finally got to be the "chaser" in Saturday's 17-14 upset at Ohio State, after being chased by opponents all season. I'd be scared as hell if Dantonio were chasing me.
Luck of the Irish? Not quite. The Fighting Irish lost starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell to a broken leg in Saturday night's' 19-16 win over Boston College at Fenway Park. He's the seventh Notre Dame player lost to a season-ending injury this season. Tailback C.J. Prosise is also doubtful to play in the regular-season finale at Stanford because of a high ankle sprain.
Sooners starting quarterback Baker Mayfield is questionable to play in Saturday's Bedlam game at Oklahoma State because of a concussion. If Mayfield can't go, Trevor Knight will start against the Cowboys. A few words of advice: Just pretend it's Alabama's defense, young man.
On the fence
Gators coach Jim McElwain said his team's offensive line is playing with the same energy as dead fish on ice at a supermarket. If the Gators don't play much better against rival Florida State this week, it's going to be a fish kill in The Swamp.
Now Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is really going to be fired up. Didn't the Buckeyes know that he's the only one who is allowed to mouth off before The Game?
You might have a six-pack, Larry Fedora, but there's only one true "Dab Daddy."
Was it a meat lover's or Italian this time?
Somebody needs to tell OSU coach Mike Gundy that T. Boone Pickens might fire him if the Cowboys don't beat Oklahoma this week.