After the final weekend of the college football season, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit released his top four teams early Sunday morning. Season finale’s across the country presented great drama throughout, and critical losses had Herbstreit alter his top four teams.
For the past few weeks, Kirk Herbstreit placed Ohio State at the No.4 position, but the Buckeyes lost their quarterback to a broken ankle. J.T. Barrett stepped into the role as a leader for the Buckeyes, and had Ohio State rolling since a September loss to Virginia Tech. He even broke Drew Brees’ Big 10 touchdown record before the injury. Now Ohio State must start over with Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback.
Due to the injury, Herbstreit dropped the Buckeyes, and replaced them with TCU. The Horned Frogs had a brilliant defensive performance in a win over Texas Thursday night. TCU is one win away from finishing the season with one loss. If that happens, the Horned Frogs will be part of a handful of teams vying for a College Football Playoff berth.
Here is Kirk Herbstreit’s Top four. Here is a comparison to last week’s rankings.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: The Crimson Tide had a real scare for the majority of their game against Auburn. Fortunately for Alabama, Auburn’s true defense showed up late in the second half. Blake Sims overcame three interceptions to torch the Auburn Tigers with timely passes to Amari Cooper. Alabama faces Missouri in the SEC championship game.
2. Oregon Ducks: The Oregon Ducks blasted their instate rival thoroughly. Marcus Mariota accounted for six touchdowns in the easy victory. Better yet, Oregon gets to avenge their only loss of the season in the PAC-12 championship game. If the Ducks get by Arizona, they’ll be riding high into the playoffs.
3. Florida State Seminoles: Florida State survived another game. This time the Seminoles beat the Florida Gators in a close hard fought contest. Jameis Winston threw four interceptions. That’s usually not good enough to get it done. The Seminoles face Georgia Tech in the ACC championship ga me.
4. TCU Horned Frogs: TCU must’ve been hoping for a Baylor loss to Texas Tech. They are the only new team in Kirk Herbstreit’s Top four. They are one win away from at least a share in the Big 12, and with no title game, TCU has one more chance to impress.