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:
3. Ohio State
5. Notre Dame
7. Michigan State
14. Oklahoma State
16. Florida State
18. Ole Miss
19. Texas A&M
20. Mississippi State
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.