Week 10 CFP Rankings Reaction

I don’t do too many opinion based posts, but I have a lot of opinions. So I figured I’d share some of my thoughts each week about the CFP rankings.

Here are the first College Football Playoff rankings:
1. Clemson
2. LSU
3. Ohio State
4. Alabama
5. Notre Dame
6. Baylor
7. Michigan State
8. TCU
9. Iowa
10. Florida
11. Stanford
12. Utah
13. Memphis
14. Oklahoma State
15. Oklahoma
16. Florida State
17. Michigan
18. Ole Miss
19. Texas A&M
20. Mississippi State
21. Northwestern
22. Temple
23. UCLA
24. Toledo
25. Houston

Let me start with the top 4. I think the committee got it right. I think Alabama deserves to be above other undefeated teams because of their strength of schedule.
Moving down, I think Notre Dame and Baylor are in the right spots, but I think Stanford should be ranked higher than 11th. I would put the Cardinal at 7 and you could make a case to put them above Baylor.
When it comes to Michigan State, TCU, and Iowa, I have not been impressed. All three are undefeated, but none of them have any wins that really stand out. I don’t think Michigan State should get many points for their win at Michigan. Yes, it was amazing and unbelievable, but they trailed the whole game and the Michigan punter made a couple mistakes. Iowa hasn’t played too many good teams and have had too many close games. TCU has almost no defense. They have the offense to play with just about anyone in the country, but you can’t expect to win if you give up 53 points on a weekly basis. That being said, I think TCU is the most impressive of the 3 and should be ranked the highest.
I think you could make a case for Memphis to be ranked higher, but I think 13 is right where they belong right now.
The only other issue I have with these rankings is Northwestern. I don’t think they should be ranked in the top 25. Northwestern has two very bad losses and barely beat Nebraska last week. I would put North Carolina or USC in the top 25 before the Wildcats. The Tar Heel’s only loss came in the first game of the season to South Carolina and USC has looked good since firing Sarkisian.
This is just the first week of these rankings, so they don’t carry too much weight. And here is a fun little fact: Ohio State was ranked 14th at this time last season. Anything can happen in the crazy world of college football.

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CFP Top 25

1. Georgia
2. Michigan
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati

5. Oklahoma State
6. Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
8. Ole Miss
9. Baylor
10. Oregon
11. Michigan State
12. BYU
13. Iowa
14. Oklahoma
15. Pittsburgh
16. Wake Forest
17. Utah
18. NC State
19. San Diego State
20. Clemson
21. Houston
*23. Kentucky
*24. Louisiana
25. Texas A&M

Dropped Out: 14Wisconsin, 22UTSA

Poll released on Tuesdays

AP Top 25

1. Georgia (12-0,8-0)
2. Michigan (11-1,8-1)
3. Cincinnati (12-0,8-0)
4. Alabama (11-1,7-1)
5. Oklahoma State (11-1,8-1)
6. Notre Dame (11-1)
7. Ohio State (10-2,8-1)
8. Ole Miss (10-2,6-2)
9. Baylor (10-2,7-2)
10. Oregon (10-2,7-2)
11. Michigan State (10-2,7-2)
12. BYU (10-2)
13. Oklahoma (10-2,7-2)
14. Utah (9-3,8-1)
15. Iowa (10-2,7-2)
16. Houston (11-1,8-0)
17. Pittsburgh (10-2,7-1)
18. Wake Forest (10-2,7-1)
19. San Diego State (11-1,7-1)
20. Louisiana (11-1,8-0)
21. NC State (9-3,6-2)
*22. Clemson (9-3,6-2)
23. ARKANSAS (8-4,4-4)
24. Texas A&M (8-4,4-4)
*25. Kentucky (9-3,5-3)

Dropped Out: 15UTSA (11-1,7-1), 19Wisconsin (8-4,6-3)

Bowl Eligible Teams

SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M
Big 10: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big 12: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia
ACC: Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Pac12: Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah
Independents: Army, BYU, Liberty, Notre Dame
American: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulsa, UCF
Mountain West: Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Louisiana, Western Kentucky
C-USA: Marshall, MTSU, North Texas, Old Dominion, UAB, UTEP, UTSA
MAC: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan,

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