There were four at that point.
There was little doubt who the four College Football Playoff teams would be when the selection committee made its announcement on Sunday.
The only suspense was if Ohio State would move up or if it would be a repeat of the Michigan game.
Here is how it all came to an end.
Heading into the conference championship weekend, it was easy.
Regardless of the outcome in their respective conference title games, Georgia and Michigan were locks because of their perfect records in the SEC and Michigan's win over Penn State.
It was close to being a lock since it had already defeated Kansas State. USC had a chance to get the fourth and final spot.
Utah had something else in mind.
The Utes ended USC's hopes of winning the conference title with a 47-24 victory.✨ Watch more top videos, highlights, and B/R original content
Utah dominated at the line of scrimmage while USC's quarterback was injured. The problem with the USC defense was that they didn't want to tackle someone.
USC's loss was Ohio State's gain, as the Buckeyes were hoping for some chaos to gain an entry into the College Football Playoff.
There is something to be said about the fact that Ohio State did not play in the conference title game, but all 11 of its victories were by double digits.
The Big 12 title was on the line in the overtime loss to Kansas State. It was a silver lining for the Frogs that the game came down to the last snap.
The Tide had an extra loss compared to every contender and did not stack a number of impressive wins together.
Their best win was probably over a Texas team that was without their quarterback for most of the game. In a game Ewers played, the Longhorns were defeated by seven.
As the season went on, Alabama's loss to LSU looked worse, as the Tigers fell to Texas A&M and were overwhelmed by Georgia. Tennessee gave up 63 points in a loss to South Carolina after defeating Alabama.
It can be argued that Alabama's two losses came down to the last play, but it barely snuck past Texas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss in three of its wins. If a few plays unfolded differently, it could be just as easy to be 8 or 7.
Now that the arguments and lobbying are over, attention turns to the actual games with the biggest question being will anyone challenge the reigning champion.