We had to wait a little longer than usual thanks to a college basketball game between Kansas and MI - scheduling the rankings show between the basketball games every season is sadistic - but the latest College Football Playoff Rankings are out, and you know what that means: I have thoughts on them.
Defense will lead them past Ohio State and now they have a competent quarterback to score on offense. Early action has already pushed this line two points in favor or Alabama, but the model is still backing the Tide. We were supposed to argue Notre Dame or MI at No. 3, or MI or Georgia at No. 4. If Penn State and Michigan State both manage to fall one more time this season, the Iowa Hawkeyes would be the third highest ranked team in the CFP rankings leaving them a potentially clear shot at playing in the Citrus Bowl. The conference saw just two teams - Washington State and Utah - find their way into the first playoff rankings Tuesday and it will likely be down to one team after the Utes suffered a double-digit loss to USC.
Now, with back-to-back losses by Texas in as many weeks, a title-game rematch and win over the hated Horns would earn Oklahoma nothing more than bragging rights. If they survive the next two weekends and then close out the regular season with a win over Kansas, the Longhorns would finish with a 7-2 record in the Big 12.
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The way the rankings stand now the Tigers would face Notre Dame in a semifinal with Alabama matching up against MI. Not so fast. Take a quick glance at the rankings and notice how many highly ranked teams still have to play each other.
Alabama still is No. 1 in the official College Football Playoff rankings. We think they will move to No. 7 with Washington State remaining at No. 8. But that's a long way from certain considering the Buckeyes are the lowest ranked one-loss team. Boston College 18. Michigan State 19.
Georgia Bulldogs - UGa did look good when they went on the road and beat a top 10 Kentucky team last weekend, but that blowout loss to LSU now looks even worse. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all are undefeated.