Here are the newest CFP Rankings:
2. Ohio State
9. Penn State
16. Notre Dame
21. Boise State
22. Oklahoma State
24. Kansas State
25. Appalachian State
Top 4 Analysis (and Alabama)
I have no qualms with LSU and Ohio State being ranked 1 and 2 respectively, they are pretty clearly the two best and most complete teams in the country. I’m also ok with Clemson at 4. So good job, committee.
I do have an issue with Georgia being ranked above Alabama. If the committee really does take Tua’s injury into account, I think saying the Tide would lose to UGA on a neutral field is laughable. I am a big proponent of “best” instead of “most deserving”. I think Alabama is the better team and that is what should matter in the rankings.
6-10 Analysis (and Baylor)
I’m a little bit surprised that Oregon and Utah are still sitting above Minnesota. Well, maybe I can see Oregon being there thanks to their game against Auburn, but Utah hasn’t really played anyone, and they have a bad loss to USC. Minnesota proved themselves with their win over Penn State. I think they are being undervalued because of where they were ranked last week.
Oklahoma is still in the picture at number 10 after surviving Iowa State 42-41 last week. Baylor is the other undefeated that still has a lot to prove. The Bears are sitting all the way down at 13. While I think it is a bit low, I don’t have much faith in them beating any of the teams ahead of them. Their last couple wins have been a bit close for comfort. If they can take down OU this week they should rise a few spots in the rankings.
Notes on the Rest
-Texas is BACK … in the rankings after beating Kansas State, who, for some reason, is still ranked while SMU got knocked out after beating East Carolina.
-Speaking of East Carolina (kinda), Cincinnati needed a last second FG to beat the Pirates and they were still ranked afterwards. SMU is a team most teams would not want to face right now, and I think they could beat Appalachian State who is now ranked at 25.
-I’m glad Wake Forest lost and made me look smart after I talked a little bit of trash last week. UCF, on the other hand, let Tulsa come back and beat them.
Overall, I am satisfied with the rankings, and Georgia will have a couple of chances to show they deserve a spot in the top 4. Alabama, on the other hand, only has one more big game. They need Auburn to pull the upset this weekend so an 11-1 Bama team without an SEC Championship appearance has enough of an argument to make it in with LSU, Ohio State and Clemson.
There is still plenty to be decided in this college football season.
A Note on Arkansas:
The Razorbacks did what everyone expected after their loss to Western Kentucky. Chad Morris is no longer the head coach of the Arkansas Razorback football team. Former Hog QB Barry Lunney Jr will be the interim head coach for the final two games of the season against LSU and Missouri after the bye week. I think Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek did what needed to be done. I thought Coach Morris brought a good energy to the program, but he was not ready to be an SEC head coach. I saw that Dabo Swinney (Clemson HC) thought Chad wasn’t given enough time to improve the program, but I disagree. This team should have been a lot better than the product on the field. The talent is there, and it just wasn’t utilized properly. After last season, the fans were not expecting much. I thought 4-8 or 5-7 was a reasonable bar to set. I expected them to win their four (arguably extremely easy) non-conference games and then beat Ole Miss and maybe Mississippi State in conference. Instead, the team was only competitive with Colorado State (win) and San Jose State (loss). The game against Texas A&M gave us all hope. It showed that they could be competitive against a decent team. Unfortunately, that game was an outlier. There seemed to be no motivation or really any improvements on small things like the speed of the snap from center Ty Clary. If something as small as that can’t be improved or fixed in the span of two seasons, how could anyone think Chad Morris would have been able to turn the program around?This firing also brings up another very interesting topic: Coaching Buyouts.
I am of the opinion that if you fail to do what you were hired to do, that is cause for termination. It makes no sense to me that coaches receive MILLIONS of dollars to not coach at schools. Kevin Sumlin was paid $10 million in a lump sum for being fired from Texas A&M. Charlie Strong also received millions to stop coaching Texas. Bret Bielema was/is slated to make millions to not coach at Arkansas. I could do an awful job of coaching for $10 million. Heck, I’d run Texas or Notre Dame into the ground for a cool million, and I’d do it at LSU for $500,000.
Being unable to do your job should be a fireable offense. There’s probably a few jobs I could get right 4 out of 22 times, but I doubt I would last almost 2 years in that position and they wouldn’t have to pay me full pay for the next 3 years.
All of that being said, I would like to wish Chad Morris the best as he moves to his next job. He seems like a good guy who cares a lot about the sport and the kids he coaches.