With half of the top six teams on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee losing over the weekend, a reshuffle on Tuesday was inevitable. We got it. It wasn’t a tailspin, but we saw a series of big drops for Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson that could have long-term effects.
Let’s do a full review of what the committee did, breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Ranking TCU undefeated fourth and Tennessee fifth with a loss are deserved.
The Volunteers have very good wins over No. 9 Alabama and No. 7 LSU on the road, and the selection committee also gives them tangible credit for beating No. 24 Kentucky. But that loss to Georgia had to leave a mark, and it did. Selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan said on a conference call Tuesday that his group views both the Volunteers’ 14-point loss and Oregon’s 46-point loss to the No. 1 Bulldogs as one-sided. , and they were.
Everyone on the committee watched Georgia 27, Tennessee 13. It wasn’t a close game.
Meanwhile, there was no more rhetoric about TCU being an incomplete team or having to make comebacks to stay undefeated. Instead, a work package including wins over six teams with winning records was met. And the depth of the Big 12 must also carry some weight.
“There are no layups in the Big 12,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes told ESPN. He’s right, now that Kansas isn’t a doormat anymore.
Moving TCU up three spots from the top 25 in week one appears to be a market correction after the Horned Frogs were slightly undervalued last week. They are now clearly in control of their own destiny: win and they will make the playoffs. Lose one, and it gets interesting. They face what may be their biggest test of the season yet on Saturday at 18th Texas.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is in the weakest position in the Power 5 conference playoffs after Clemson moved from No. 4 to No. 10 and league members Wake Forest and Syracuse dropped out of the top 25.
Other than the Tigers, the only teams ranked in the ACC this week are North Carolina (No. 15), North Carolina State (No. 16) and newcomer Florida State (No. 23). Clemson has already played against the Wolfpack and the Seminoles and could meet the Tar Heels in the ACC title game, but he doesn’t have many opportunities left to improve his position.
The other Power 5 conferences all have at least one team ranked ahead of Clemson. The SEC is four ahead of the Tigers, with a chance that all four could stay ahead of them going forward. The Pac-12 has two ahead (Oregon sixth and USC eighth) and two behind (UCLA 12th and Utah 13th), and each of those teams has multiple winning opportunities ahead.
Clemson sitting 10th behind Alabama two-game losing streak at No. 9 reinforces what we all suspected after Saturday: there’s a good chance of having a playoff series without one of them for the first time in nine years. of history.
The Crimson Tide have a good opportunity to improve their resume on Saturday in Mississippi, which could be enough to move them past No. 8 USC, which faces Colorado. But USC has two superior opponents to close out the regular season (No. 12 UCLA and No. 20 Notre Dame) compared to Bama finishing against Austin Peay and Auburn’s worst team in years. Unless LSU collapses and opens a backdoor for Alabama to win SEC West and upset Georgia in the league championship game, it stands to reason the tide is out.
The ugly one
Never underestimate the value of big brands. Pieces A and B: Texas and Notre-Dame.
The Longhorns (6–3) are the top-seeded team with three losses at No. 18. The Fighting Irish (6–3) register at No. 20. This is despite both losing to unranked teams: Texas was beaten by Texas Tech and Oklahoma State; Notre Dame lost to a team tied for fourth in the Sun Belt East (Marshall) and last in the Pac-12 (Stanford).
But the bad losses don’t seem to stick to the bluebloods. Which is at least consistent through much of college football history.
Texas has a win over a ranked team (at Kansas State on Saturday), which moved them up six spots. Notre Dame has beaten at least two ranked teams in Clemson and North Carolina (another factor that hurts the ACC’s overall standings).
Having these two in the top 20 at least helps future opponents. TCU has the opportunity for another quality win Saturday in Austin, and USC has the same chance when they host Notre Dame on Nov. 26.
At least the committee didn’t put the Horns or the Irish 8-1 ahead of Tulane, who play No. 22 UCF on Saturday in a game of high consequence not only in the American Athletic Conference, but also in the race. for the new group of 5. Years Six Bowl also made an offer.
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