The College Football Playoff rankings had very little change at the top on Tuesday. Just as Jerry Palm of Sportsline.com predicted, the selection committee kept the top seven teams in the same order as last week. It’s more a productive of light games than anything else. The only change in the top 10 was Ole Miss dropping out, while a trio of two loss teams moved up one spot apiece.
With the No.8 UCLA Bruins in contention for the PAC-12 championship game, they currently have the best chance of any two loss team to the College Football Playoff Top four. If the Bruins happen to become conference champions, a win over the Oregon Ducks might be the boost UCLA needs to make the playoffs.
Brett Hundley leaning heavily toward the NFL draft.
They are followed by No.9 Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia has a huge instate rivalry game with No.16 Georgia Tech coming up. However, the Bulldogs may have more on their mind when No.17 Missouri takes on Arkansas in the SEC finale. If the Tigers lose, Georgia will be in the same boat as UCLA. Would the selection committee be able to keep out a two loss SEC champion out of the playoffs?
Michigan State is the final team in the top 10, but they have no shot at the College Football Playoffs due to being shutout of any conference championship. It would take every team ranked ahead of the Spartans to lose for Michigan State to be considered, and that still might not be enough. However, Michigan State does have two of the best losses in college football this season.
Now let’s break down the College Football selection committee’s Top four.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: There’s no question that the Crimson Tide were going to be the No.1 team, so there quest for a conference title is still in the same position. First, Alabama must take care of Auburn in the Iron Bowl to secure their trip to SEC championship game.
2. Oregon Ducks: Oregon also has their rivalry game to finish the season. The Ducks got off to a fast start last week and they’ll look to do the same against Oregon State. It’s apparent that Oregon is a lock if they win their remaining games.
3. Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles wins are unimpressive to the committee’s eyes, but Florida State keeps on winning. Florida State faces Florida this weekend, and the Gators will be inspired to knock off the reigning champions. The Seminoles are also two wins away from being a lock in the playoffs as well.
4. Mississippi State Bulldogs: Their schedule doesn’t look nearly as daunting as it did when their opponents were highly ranked. Mississippi State’s out of conference games could be their undoing when it’s all said and done. However, the committee still has Mississippi State in over three other teams in contention for the final spot.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
2. Oregon Ducks vs. 3. Florida State Seminoles
Teams on the Bubble
The TCU Horned Frogs are sitting at number five, but they have to be concerned about other teams sitting right behind them. No matter what, the Horned Frogs have to beat Texas this week, or this Top 4 discussion is moot.
Ohio State has an inside track to the Big 10 title, but will it be enough to garner a College Football Playoff spot? Apparently, the Buckeyes didn’t look impressive enough against Indiana. By the way, that’s the same Hoosiers team that beat SEC East leading Missouri. Still, a date with Wisconsin could be looming in the Big 10 championship game, and that is not certain to be a win.
The only reason why Baylor was in this position is due to their perceived weakness. Basically, after the Bears beat TCU, and lost to West Virginia, Baylor was expected to lose another game by now. However, they kept winning, and they are still sitting behind TCU. Will the selection committee vault Baylor into the top four if they finish the season with 11 wins. Their season finale is against Kansas State.
Although nobody believes the top seven teams will win their remaining games, it is entirely possible. Once that happens, the selection committee will have a hard time explaining changing their top four in the coming weeks. It will be fascinating how the final two weeks play out.