CFP Rankings – 1,2 & 3 are easy, but 4 through 8 could get interesting.

As we await the release of this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, we know there will be major developments because of what happened on Saturday. First, it is clear LSU will stay at No. 1, Ohio State at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 3. Those are easy.

Since Georgia defeated No. 12 Auburn on the road, they can’t go down from No. 4. Personally, I’d put them at No. 3 ahead of undefeated Clemson because the Tigers have no signature win and play in a conference that is weak from top to bottom. Other conferences are weak at the bottom like the SEC and Big Ten, but the ACC is just terrible with no ranked teams. Contrast that with the Big 12 and PAC 12 which is good but not great from top to bottom. Neither of them though has an Arkansas or a Rutgers. Those teams are among the worst in all of college football. Yet the Committee clearly has and will have SEC bias and is infatuated with the conference of influence and affluence, also known as the Big Ten.

Alabama was No. 5 but as you all know they lost their starting and star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is out for the year with a hip injury which required surgery. Since the Committee should consider this in their deliberations, the Tide should fall below everyone loss top ten team considering this injury and their lack of any significant victory. They won’t. Expect the Committee to have a wait and see attitude as they want to see how they play in their final two games, that is if you consider this week’s game against West Carolina a scrimmage or a legitimate game. That puts Oregon and Utah at No. 6 and No. 7 since they both won convincingly. Oregon’s only loss was to a solid Auburn team in the first game in the last seconds. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said it all when he stated maybe the Ducks should’ve played Portland State instead of Auburn and won a laugher. That’s the danger—that teams will refrain from playing competitive non-conference games. So many teams are offenders of this thinking starting with Bama, Clemson and Ohio State. They should be playing each other instead of Miami (Ohio), Wofford and New Mexico State. Teams should not be drastically penalized for a loss against a top team but because they usually are, many shy from topflight competition.

I’m interested in seeing what the Committee does with No. 8 Minnesota which lost a tough one on the road against No. 20 Iowa, 23-19. Just behind them was Penn State which defeated Indiana, 27-24. Shouldn’t Minnesota be ahead of Penn State who they defeated one week earlier? I know their non-conference schedule is terrible, but PSU best non-conference was against Pitt, 17-10. Oh, they did beat Buffalo and Idaho in glorified scrimmages. See the point? So many guilty parties.

Then there’s No. 10 Oklahoma, which came back from the largest deficit in their history (25 points) and defeated No. 13 Baylor on the road, 34-31. For the Bears, it was a complete collapse, but they’ll possibly have another chance if they defeat Texas this week. I don’t have a problem ranking the Sooners at No. 8 but not Penn State. In fact, I’d leave Minnesota at No. 8 even though they lost. They showed grit and determination, coming back from a double-digit deficit and had a chance to win it in the final minutes. Kinnick Stadium is a tough place to play. Since they’re not a blue blood program, don’t expect it. Remember you didn’t hear it here first, you only heard it here, period.


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