The College Football Playoff rankings should look very different this week after three of the top four and five of the top ten lost last weekend. The Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies all went down on Saturday with Clemson losing at home to the Pittsburgh Panthers, Michigan losing on the road atr the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Huskies falling at home to the USC Trojans. In addition to those upsets we had the Georgia Bulldogs knocking off the #9 Auburn Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels knocking off #8 Texas A&M.
A&M shows just how quickly a team can fall out of site as just two weeks ago they were in one of the playoff spots. This week they may drop down around $20 or even worse after their second straight loss. November is famous for shocking upsets and this one has had no shortage. Perhaps it is because teams who look great in September and October fattened up on rather soft schedules and they weren’t really as good as they thought. Often, the bigger games are played late in the season and that is when the cream rises to the top. So who is the cream this season?
Obviously it is the Alabama Crimson Tide, who just keep rolling. They whipped Mississippi State 51-3 this past week and they just look as if they are getting better and better every time out. Now they really don’t even have to worry about Auburn if last week was any indication. So now the big question is are there any teams out there who can give them a game? The answer is yes.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will move into one 0of the top spots this week after a 62-3 thrashing of the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. They like Alabama just look to be getting better every week. The Buckeyes look like they can play with any team including the Tide and let’s face it, Urban Meyer is one of the few coaches who can go toe to toe with Nick Saban and not flinch. He and Saban have faced off in some mighty big games and sometimes Saban wins and sometimes Meyer wins. Don’t be shocked if these two finally meet in the National Championship Game this season.
There is also the Louisville Cardinals who will move into one of the top spots this week. The Cards didn’t impress nearly as much Saturday as they trailed the Wake Forest Deacons 12-10 after three quarters, but as the Florida State Seminoles can testify, if they get things rolling downhill, look out. So who else looks like a Final Four contender? Don’t count Clemson and Michigan out just yet. One loss won’t hurt them if they can win out. If the Wolverines win out, one of theirs will be over the Buckeyes. That will carry a lot of weight at selection time. If Clemson wins the ACC< that will carry a lot of weight too. This is especially true with the Big 12 Champion and PAC 12 Champion unlikely to make it in.
The four teams in the playoffs will likely be the SEC Champ (Alabama), the Big Ten Champ (either Ohio State or Michigan) the ACC Champ (Louisville or Clemson) and the Big Ten runner-up.