No major shakeup in the top 4, with the big teams getting a little breather in their schedules before the much anticipated Rivalry Week. This Saturday’s games should prove to be some of the best we’ve seen in a while…probably all year.
Some notes from Week 12:
#1 Alabama actually didn’t blow a team. A 58-point favorite vs. Chattanooga, they “only” won 31-3. Biggest game of the year vs. #13 Auburn in the storied Iron Bowl this weekend, make sure to be locked in to your TV around 3:30 PM EST.
#2 Ohio State struggled vs. a weak Michigan State team, holding on to win 17-16. They will play in a huuuggeee matchup vs. #3 Michigan this week. Winner stays in the top 4 and the loser goes home. Here’s a take from ESPN.com on the magnitude of “The Game”:
“If Michigan wins: The Wolverines win the East Division, will play for the Big Ten title, and Penn State and Ohio State are done. The Buckeyes will have two losses, won’t win their division and will lose their chance at sneaking into the top four as a team that didn’t win its conference championship game. The finality of an Ohio State loss will be resounding, and will also help keep the Big 12’s hopes alive because it wouldn’t have to worry about competing against a one-loss Ohio State team in addition to the Big Ten champ if Penn State wins the East.
If Ohio State wins: The Buckeyes still need Penn State to lose to Michigan State to win the East, but an Ohio State victory would eliminate Michigan from the playoff. The Buckeyes, though, would then have four wins against CFP top-25 teams and a résumé that could rival any in the country. There’s no question the committee would consider Ohio State for a spot in its final top four, but it would also have to balance the Buckeyes’ résumé with its protocol, which requires the committee to use conference championships and head-to-head results as tiebreakers when résumés are comparable. The question is, would anyone’s résumé really compare?”
#4 Clemson handled Wake Forest on the road 35-13 and should cruise thru South Carolina this week.
#5 Louisville dropped 6 spots after getting dominated on Thursday Night by Houston. Their playoff hopes for this year may be over and will need to get some major help if they wanna get anywhere close the Championship this year.
Washington, Wisky, and Penn State all win and move up a spot. One newcomer to the top 8 is Oklahoma, after an impressive win @ #14 West Virginia.
Louisville was the only “shocking” upset this week, but one thing is for certain…this Saturday’s Rivalry Week matchups will give us some major fireworks and shake up the Playoff Picture.
College Football Playoff Rankings
|RK||TEAM||REC||TREND||LAST WEEK||NEXT WEEK|
|1||Alabama||11-0||—||vs Chattanooga W 31-3||11/26 vs #13 Auburn|
|2||Ohio State||10-1||—||@ Michigan State W 17-16||11/26 vs #3 Michigan|
|3||Michigan||10-1||—||vs Indiana W 20-10||11/26 @ #2 Ohio State|
|4||Clemson||10-1||—||@ Wake Forest W 35-13||11/26 vs South Carolina|
|5||Washington||10-1||1||vs Arizona State W 44-18||11/25 @ #23 Washington State|
|6||Wisconsin||9-2||1||@ Purdue W 49-20||11/26 vs Minnesota|
|7||Penn State||9-2||1||@ Rutgers W 39-0||11/26 vs Michigan State|
|8||Oklahoma||9-2||1||@ #14 West Virginia W 56-28||—|
|9||Colorado||9-2||1||vs #22 Washington State W 38-24||11/26 vs #22 Utah|
|10||Oklahoma State||9-2||1||@ TCU W 31-6||—|
|11||Louisville||9-2||6||@ Houston L 36-10||11/26 vs Kentucky|
|12||USC||8-3||1||@ UCLA W 36-14||11/26 vs Notre Dame|
|13||Auburn||8-3||2||vs Alabama A&M W 55-0||11/26 @ #1 Alabama|
|14||Florida State||8-3||3||@ Syracuse W 45-14||11/26 vs #15 Florida|
|15||Florida||8-2||8||@ #16 LSU W 16-10||11/26 @ #14 Florida State|
|16||Nebraska||9-2||2||vs Maryland W 28-7||11/25 @ Iowa|
|17||Tennessee||8-3||2||vs Missouri W 63-37||11/26 @ Vanderbilt|
|18||West Virginia||8-2||4||vs #9 Oklahoma L 56-28||11/26 @ Iowa State|
|19||Boise State||10-1||1||vs UNLV W 42-25||11/25 @ Air Force|
|20||Houston||9-2||NR||vs #5 Louisville W 36-10||11/25 @ Memphis|
|21||Western Michigan||11-0||—||vs Buffalo W 38-0||11/25 vs Toledo|
|22||Utah||8-3||10||vs Oregon L 30-28||11/26 @ #9 Colorado|
|23||Washington State||8-3||1||@ #10 Colorado L 38-24||11/25 vs #5 Washington|
|24||Stanford||8-3||—||@ California W 45-31||11/26 vs Rice|
|25||Navy||8-2||NR||@ East Carolina W 66-31||11/26 @ SMU|
Dropped from rankings: LSU 16, Texas A&M 25