College Football Playoff Picture – Nov. 22, 2015

This has been a crazy year for college football.  From multiple games being decided by crazy plays, so a back end loaded schedule for most of the top teams, it has been an exciting year so far.  Interestingly enough, one game that should have been an awesome game ended up being pretty slow and torturous (Ohio State vs. Michigan State) while another game ended up being really exciting and a great watch, and involved two unranked teams (Mississippi State vs Arkansas).  But the implications of this weeks games were felt everywhere.  After a week where the College Football Playoff Committee choose to leave the top four teams the same for a second week (first time in history of CFP), this week is for sure to see some changes.  Here is my top four:

  1. Clemson
  2. Iowa
  3. Alabama
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Michigan State
  7. Baylor
  8. Ohio State
  9. Florida
  10. Oklahoma State

So definitely shake up here for my top 10.  Things usually work out by the end of the season, and I think for the most part they will here.  However, the one thing that is lining up to happen is comparing 1 loss Notre Dame against 1 loss Oklahoma.  This could get really interesting.  So how do I see the final four lining up now?

  • Clemson
  • Alabama
  • Michigan State
  • Notre Dame
  • Oklahoma
  • Baylor

I could see Baylor popping back into the discussion for a playoff spot, but the top 5 are the ones we are really looking at here.  Michigan State has always felt like a team of destiny.  Clemson and Alabama seem to be dealing with things like they should (this weekend could be really interesting though with South Carolina and Auburn as opponents).  This feels like it is coming down to Notre Dame against Oklahoma.  There are two reasons why I put ND ahead. First, there loss is better than Oklahoma’s loss (Clemson > Texas).  Second, Nd beat Texas handedly, and Oklahoma lost to Texas, and that really hurts Oklahoma right now.

 

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