Dec 15 CFP Rankings Reaction

This is the second to last CFP rankings of the season and there are no surprises at the top. Only one of the top 4 teams played this week. I doubt we will see the top 4 change after this weekend, but maybe we will be able to get some chaos from Northwestern. I really just hope we are able to play all of the conference championship games. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy this holiday season.

1. Alabama
Alabama has shown so far that they are far and away the best team overall.
My Rank: 1

2. Notre Dame
We didn’t learn anything new this week because they didn’t play.
My Rank: 2

3. Clemson
We didn’t learn anything new this week because they didn’t play.
My Rank: 3

4. Ohio State
We didn’t learn anything new this week because they didn’t play.
My Rank: 4

5. Texas A&M
We didn’t learn anything new this week because they didn’t play.
My Rank: 5

6. Iowa State
We didn’t learn anything new this week because they didn’t play, but the committee continues to try to create drama. If Ohio State and A&M somehow both lost this weekend and Iowa State beat Oklahoma, a Power 5 team with a Sun Belt loss would make the Playoff. Here’s hoping.
My Rank: 7

7. Florida
While LSU is clearly a different team now than they were at the beginning of the season, Florida had no reason to be close enough to lose to them. I am really surprised the committee only dropped them one spot. Their defense is suspect at best. I don’t think they will be able to stop Alabama this weekend. But 1 vs 7 looks better than 1 vs 10. I’m also really over Dan Mullen’s whining this season. I don’t remember him being this annoying and out of touch when he was at Mississippi State.
My Rank: 10

8. Georgia
Georgia blew out Missouri last week. They looked great and you really have to wonder how the Bulldogs would’ve done this year if JT Daniels had been healthy from the start.
My Rank: 6

9. Cincinnati
The Bearcats are really suffering in the committees’ eyes because they haven’t played since November 21. As of right now they have the best chance to make it to a NY6 Bowl as the Group of 5 representative. I really hope we get to see them face off against Tulsa in the AAC Championship game this weekend.
My Rank: 8

10. Oklahoma
Oklahoma has gotten much better than they were at the beginning of the season. I think everyone is looking forward to watching them in the rematch against Iowa State.
My Rank: 9

11. Indiana
Indiana was one of the biggest surprise teams of the year. I think they will be a force to be reckoned with next season. Their regular season is done but they should get to play in a pretty good bowl game if they decide to do so.
My Rank: 11

12. Coastal Carolina
I don’t know if it was because they were looking ahead to the conference championship game, but Coastal very nearly blew their season last week. They needed a very late scoring drive to come from behind to beat Troy. Unfortunately, despite being 11-0, they have not done enough in the committees’ eyes to be worth sending to a NY6 Bowl game.
My Rank: 12

13. USC
USC was able to beat UCLA in a great rivalry game last week. UCLA seems to better than their record for sure. USC is definitely the best team in the Pac12 based on the information we have so far. Honestly though, I’m not sure that means much.
My Rank: 13

14. Northwestern
Northwestern had another good week, and they are a decent team and will have the chance to create chaos when they play Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game.
My Rank: 16

15. North Carolina
North Carolina absolutely destroyed Miami last week. Ran all over them. They are a very hard team to get a read on. I think 15 is a pretty good ranking for them.
My Rank: 15

16. Iowa
Iowa continues to be okay as a team. They did pretty well against Wisconsin last week, but Wisconsin’s offense is pretty much nonexistent. I have them lower than the committee not because I think they are worse but because I think there are teams below them that should be ranked higher.
My Rank: 18

17. BYU
BYU is one of the best non-Group of 5 teams in the country. I’ll fight* anyone with a different opinion. (*verbal fight in a town square while social distanced appropriately)
My Rank: 14

18. Miami
Miami looked beyond bad this week. They gave up 554 rush yards. One UNC runner had 308 yards on the ground, and another had 236 rush yards. I wouldn’t have been mad to see them drop all the way out of the top 25. But you can’t judge a team on one game. Miami’s only losses are to Clemson and UNC. 8-2 is an impressive record.
My Rank: 20

19. Louisiana
Louisiana has the distinction of being the only team outside of the top 6 to beat one of the top 6. The Ragin Cajuns beat Iowa State to start the season. ULL will face off with Coastal Carolina for the Sun Belt Championship this weekend. They will look to avenge their only loss of the season when the Chants kicked the game winner with 4 seconds left.
My Rank: 17

20. Texas
Texas was too up and down this season for their own good. Texas AD has also said that Tom Herman will be coming back in 2021 as the head coach. I think they might have plateaued with Herman at the helm, but I’m not sure they would be able to get anyone better.
My Rank: 19

21. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys got a huge win over Baylor this week, but they still have had a hard time this season. If Chuba Hubbard had been healthy and played all season it might’ve been different.
My Rank: 21

22. NC State
NC State has been pretty good and I think they are in the right spot in the rankings.
My Rank: 22

23. Tulsa
Tulsa is a fun team to watch and I really hope we get to see them play Cincinnati this weekend for the AAC Championship.
My Rank: 23

24. San Jose State
San Jose State surprised me this week when they beat Nevada. I’m still a little bit salty that Nick Starkel went there and that he’s doing well. The Aggies will be hosting Boise State for the MWC Championship game.
My Rank: 24

25. Colorado
I don’t know why the Buffs are still ranked. They got beat pretty bad by Utah this week. I would’ve liked to see Buffalo or Liberty here. But I’m not on the committee.
My Rank: 25

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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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