The Nightmare in Grapevine is upon us.
What is often a formality — making four obvious choices for the four-team College Football Playoff — is anything but for the committee this year.
The 13-member group, huddled in a hotel in Grapevine, Texas, will have to make the most consequential and controversial decision in its 10-year existence — and in the final season before the playoff expands to 12 teams. Their decision will be revealed at noon Sunday on ESPN.
Big Ten champion Michigan (13-0) and Pac-12 champion Washington (13-0) are assumed to be safely in.