The 12 member college football playoff committee released their third top 25 on Tuesday. In similar fashion to the previous two weeks, there was plenty of anxiety over which teams would be voted into the top four. This time the committee hit the college football world with a sledgehammer.
As many college football pundits predicted, Mississippi State and Florida State were locked into the top four, but shockingly, the Seminoles dropped a spot despite remaining undefeated. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are the only undefeated team in the SEC, and they’ve handled every opponent with relative ease thus far. However, the No.1 team will be under fire on Saturday when the Bulldogs visit No.5 Alabama during the SEC West showdown.
Florida State has endured a tougher time in first halves of games, but they continue to win in convincing fashion. Currently, the Seminoles hold college football’s longest win streak at 25 games, yet the Seminoles fell to No.3. Quiet as kept, there’s quite a few people thinking that Florida State will have a very hard time beating Miami on Saturday. Until a loss happens, Florida State will be right in line with Mississippi State for a college football playoff spot.
The Oregon Ducks jumped Florida State for the second spot. Despite Oregon’s 51-27 win over Utah, the Ducks were fortunate to turn a fluke fumble into a tie game early in the second quarter. It’s safe to say Oregon’s fourth quarter outbursts have helped them pass the Seminoles in the committee’s eyes.
The TCU Horned Frogs also jumped into the top four. TCU got in over Alabama, and numerous one loss teams vying for that final spot in the college football rankings. One of those teams includes the Baylor Bears. Baylor does have the head to head victory over TCU, but it wasn’t enough to get them jump ahead.
College football playoff picture
1. Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. 4. TCU Horned Frogs
2. Oregon Ducks vs. 3. Florida State Seminoles
Alabama Crimson Tide: The Crimson Tide should have no fear, but it’s almost certain that Alabama can’t lose another game this season. Despite beating LSU on the road, Alabama has still been left out of the committee’s top four.
Arizona State Sun Devils: Arizona State jumped up to the No.6 spot. They are one of the strongest teams in the country, and their big win over Notre Dame made a strong statement. The Sun Devils still have tough conference games left to even win the PAC-12 South.
Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes jumped up six spots to No.8. Their victory over Michigan State was impressive on all accounts. However, Ohio State will need help getting into the playoff picture by the end of the season.
Baylor Bears: The Baylor Bears jumped up to No.7 in the poll, and it’s a question whether or not they belong in the top four. Baylor still has a date with Kansas State later on this season.
UCLA Bruins: The Bruins surprisingly jumped up seven spots to No.11. UCLA is still in position to win the PAC-12 South, but they need a loss from Arizona State. The Bruins have two losses this season, but if they were able to win the PAC-12, it’s possible for UCLA to rise into the top four.
Here are the official College football playoff rankings.
1. Mississippi State
3. Florida State
6. Arizona State
8. Ohio State
10. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
18. Notre Dame
22. Georgia Tech
24. Texas A&M