ANother week goes by and more teams drop and the playoff picture gets clearer. We knew one top 4 team was going to lose this week. Still more games to play.
Alabama last week # 1. Just aced their test at LSU by pitching a shutout. No doubt the Crimson Tide is the best team in the country.
Clemson last week #2. Classless Dabo hangs 77 points on the board. No style points will get you into the top spot.
Notre Dame last week #3. Brian Kelly needs to have a dominate performance from start to finish next week at home against FSU.
Michigan last week #5. Revenge tour continues and could also see a playoff date against ND.
Georgia last week #6. Will play Bama in the SEC title game. Must run the table before the Bama game.
Oklahoma last week #7. Change defensive coordinators same weak defense.
Central Florida last week #8. Give them their due. 21 straight wins is not easy even against non power conference teams.
Ohio State last week 9. Not a great performance. Still alive in the playoffs.
Washington State last week un ranked. Imagine the interviews we would have with Mike Leach during the playoffs.
West Virginia last week un ranked. Needs to win out and get help.
We all expect Alabama to be in the playoffs no matter what right. Even if they lose a game and still win the SEC championship game. What if they go udefeated and lose the SEC championship game. Would they still make it over these 4 teams if they run the table Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan and Georgia the latter 3 all winning their conference championship games and obviously a Georgia team that just beat Alabama. That to me is the biggest question I have right now. Oklahoma should be in the top 6. What happens if they run the table? Do they get in no matter what happens to the top 4. Probably not. Oklahoma State can disrupt both Oklahoma and charging West Virginia. I do expect each to lose another game this year. UCF unfortunately has no shot at making the playoffs. I will keep saying this until someone tells me it’s not possible. Why can’t they get into the ACC? I know there are already 14 teams in this conference. Or better yet put them in the Big 12 which only has 10 teams.
Anther week goes by and there is some movement on the back end of the top 10. But the top 4 remain the same. This coming weekend has some huge matchups that will determine alot of what happens going further.
Last week # 1. Everyone is playing in their world. They play LSU this week. Bama running the table ensures only one team from the SEC makes the playoffs
Last week #3. I will bump Clemson up from 3 because of their dominance of a not vintage Florida State. I will judge Clemson and ND by their victories of common opponents should both be undefeated by the end of the season.
Last Week #2. Hard to drop the Irish. The score does not indicate how dominate ND was against Navy. It was 27-0 at half and ND could have scored at will. Let’s not embarrass a service academy. But ND needs some convincing wins down the stretch.
Last Week #4. Keeping LSU at 4 for one more week despite not playing. They play Alabama in Death Valley this coming week in for them an elimination game.
Last Week #5. Michigan stay at # 5 this week. The Wolverines control their own destiny. Don’t over look Penn State while waiting for the big game against OSU in November.
Last Week #6. Despite soundly beating a top ten team I am not moving up Georgia. The Bulldogs also control their own destiny but have to beat upstart Kentucky in Lexington this week before dreaming of playing Alabama in the SEC championship.
Last Week Un Ranked. WIth Texas losing Oklahoma now is back in the playoff picture. A one loss Oklahoma team as the Big 12 champion might not get in but they need to handle their own business before entering that discussion.
Last Week #9. I feel bad for UCF. They still have no shot at the playoffs. They need to get some power 5 teams on their schedule. How Applachian State was ranked going into this week (will drop now that they lost)without a big win just a crushing loss to Penn State and no one else from the American Athletic Conference is ranked is a joke.
Last Week #7. I am dropping them because something seems off. And Purdue just lost their 4 game this past week.
Last Week Un Ranked. Welcome to the top ten WIldcats. Sorry but after Georgia beats you this coming week you will never be here again.
After last weeks shakeup I have the same teams in the top ten just the order has changed. Lots of football to be played but one big piece fell. So here we are.
Last week #1. Another dominant performance. No other team should get a 1st place vote.
Last week #2. Even though they were idle I see no reason to move them down. Although you could make a case for the # 3 team to move ahead of ND. Ohio State’s loss directly benefits the Irish more than any other team.
Last week 4. Clemson moves up to the spot vacated by OSU’s loss. You could make the case for them being #2.
Last Week 5. Nov 3rd LSU is playing for its potential spot in the playoffs at home vs Bama.
Last week 7. Big jump for the Wolverines. Setting up a winner take all game vs OSU in November.
Last week 6. Georgia had a much needed bye week to re group. The bulldogs play the Gators in basically an elimination game this coming week.
Last week 3. Huge loss by the Buckeyes this week. Could have made a case if they were undefeated and lost the game to Michigan to get into the playoffs. Now it’s winner take all.
Last week 8. Favorable schedule down the stretch. Probably needs a few teams to lose like ND.
Last week 9. I really feel for them. Cincinnatti losing yesterday hurts them. Also this is not a vintage Navy team. Realistically no shot at the playoffs.
Last week 10. Elimination game this coming week against Georgia.
After another week of upsets with 4 top ten teams losing and 3 of them getting booted out of the top ten here is my rankings with still lots of football to be played.
If Alabama is not your number one team then you are either a homer or a hater. They should get every first place vote in every poll. While it’s true they have not been tested but those games are coming. Every game they have played in has been over by half time.
Now you can say this is a homer pick and your right. But what unbeaten team has as good a win as Michigan? No one does right now. Beat soundly an undefeated Stanford team and dominated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg all games Notre Dame was expected to lose. Now how could they move up while struggling at home to beat Pittsburgh. Check Pitt’s history. They have a habit of beating undefeated teams.
You can flip Ohio State and ND if you want. The Buckeyes are a team that has gone through alot. Playing without Urban Meyer for 3 games. Winning in TCU and Penn State sending their seasons into a tailspin. In fact once the season plays out and if both ND and OSU are undefeated then the Buckeyes will be ranked higher.
Clemson is firmly in the 4th spot. I won’t mover them up despite their history the last few seasons because they have not beaten anyone yet. Bama dominated A&M even though it was at home but do you have any doubt they would have done the same thing on the road? And Clemson benefited from a mistake call from the referee to win that game.
These are the clear cut top 4 no matter the order you put them in. All are undefeated. The next 6 gets tricky.
#5. LSU has a great resume and just dominated Georgia in every phase of the game. Their lone loss was at Florida who enters the top ten this week. There is still more work to do here and they can’t lose another game this season and with Alabama still on the schedule and road games at Arkansas and Texas A&M their work is cut out for them.
You could drop Georgia more from 2 if you want. But yesterday they were blown out. The bye comes at the right time for them. The back end of the schedule breaks nicely for them. A game against Florida will be a great win for them and after that I expect them to run the table all the way to the SEC title game where a win is the only way they get into the playoffs.
I have the Wolverines moving up several spots this week after dismantling Wisconsin. SInce their opening day loss at ND they have been blowing everyone out except for the game in Northwestern. Alas there is much work to do starting with a game at Michigan State and also Penn State before they play the Buckeyes in late November.
I only have the Longhorns moving up 1 spot. I am not sure how good Oklahoma is and they are not in my top 10. TCU was already broken by the time Texas beat them. I need to see more from Texas. I give them credit for maintaining enough poise to win that Oklahoma game 2 weeks ago despite them blowing a large 4th qtr lead. I just need to see more.
I really feel bad for UCF. I am moving them up one spot this week despite struggling against an inferior team. Let’s face it they need to blow everybody out and have to hope that Cincinnatti and South Florida play them with one undefeated and the other having one loss to get any kind of respect. Still it will not be enough. Their fan base can cry all they want. There just isn’t any real competition for them in their conference. I am sure they have tried to schedule a game vs a power 5 team but no one is biting yet. The self proclaimed defending champion won’t ever know how good they are until they somehow get into a power 5 conference. the ACC should come calling.
I have to go with the Gators here. After losing to Kentucky they have done nothing but win. I am not sold yet on them and the game at Georgia will be huge for both teams. It’s an elimination game for both teams.