ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit released his college football’s top four teams early Sunday morning. All four teams remained the same. The soft schedule throughout college football helped keep the same four teams at the top, but Herbstreit did have a slight change. Unlike the past few weeks where, major changes were in store, Kirk Herbstreit kept the same team at the top. Alabama had a slow start against Western Carolina, but finished the first half with a flurry of touchdowns to take control entering halftime.
According to 247Sports.com, Herbstreit placed the Oregon Ducks ahead of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State struggled to defeat Boston College by three points, and their undefeated record was kept intact. However, plenty of people, including Herbstreit have no problem downgrading Florida State.
Here are the updated college football playoff projections.
In similar fashion to last week, Kirk Herbstreit has four different conferences representing what his playoff ranking would look like if the season ended today. Even with Baylor’s big win, and Ohio State’s come from behind victory over Indiana, the Big 12 is still without a team in Herbstreit’s top four. TCU had a bye week, but they’ll have one final chance to impress the voters against Texas next week.
Here is Kirk Herbstreit’s Top four. You can compare them to last week’s rankings.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: The Tide rolled Western Carolina in the SEC’s other version of a bye week. Alabama can clinch the SEC West with a win over Auburn, or a Mississippi State loss to Ole Miss next week. In other words, the only thing that changed was Ole Miss losing to Arkansas. However, Alabama is still in a must win situation against their hated rival, Auburn.
2. Oregon Ducks: The Oregon Ducks jumped out quickly in an easy victory over Colorado. They didn’t do anything that was unexpected, but Herbstreit felt the need to have Oregon move ahead of Florida State. The Ducks face a huge game at Oregon State coming up. It looks like they’ll either face a rematch with UCLA or Arizona in the PAC-12 championship game.
Alabama jumped over Florida State in the coaches poll.
3. Florida State Seminoles: No matter how close the games get, Florida State is still undefeated. Florida State defeated Boston College 20-17. They clinched the ACC Atlantic division and will face Georgia Tech in the conference title game. First, they take on in-state rival, Florida. Although Florida State hasn’t lost yet, Oregon jumped over the Seminoles. Still, Herbstreit stated, even if Florida State wins their games 2-0, they should be in the College Football Playoffs.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes: Ohio State had a tough middle portion of the game with Indiana and needed a third quarter punt return to take the lead for good. The 42-27 victory. The Buckeyes outscored Indiana 21-7 in the fourth quarter. Ohio State clinched the Big 10 East title, and they have Michigan left on the schedule. Will that be enough to get Ohio State into the Top four?