Well, if the CFB Playoff Selection Committee can announce their rankings based entirely around “Who’s In”, then who am I to argue. If the college football season were to end today, and six NFLUK Forum members were making up the selection committee, the inaugural CFB Playoff would look like this:
Who’d have thought that, in the first week of games since the new CFB Playoff Selection Committee announced their first ever rankings, we’d have a clash between two of the teams who are provisionally “in”? And who’d have thought that it would also be on UK TV too?!
Yes, the first weekend in November has been the source of a number of top matchups in recent years, and this year adds #3 Auburn at #4 Ole Miss to the list of marquee games. With the clocks not changing in the US until after this weekend’s games it means that games aren’t quite so crushingly late either.
Last week’s marquee matchup lived up to the hype, as #2 FSU knocked off #7 Notre Dame 31-27 in a thriller in Tallahassee. The Irish hung with the Seminoles, and so only slipped two spots on this week’s rankings, which is more than could be said for last week’s #4.
The #13 Baylor Bears got stomped up and down by Clint Trickett his #21 Mountaineers, who announced themselves as a potential Big XII contender themselves, and hope to build on that when they travel to Stillwater on Saturday to face an Okie State side fresh off defeat to #10 TCU.
After a mad, mad, mad few weeks of games where ranked teams have been facing ranked teams and the Top 25 has been shaken up completely, college football is taking a collective breath before an enormous five-Saturday November that will dictate “Who’s In”.
With the World Series in full swing, live games are limited this week, and with a quiet slate of games you can’t really argue with the two games chosen – one featuring the #1 team against a surprising in-conference foe, the other featuring the only team unbeaten in Big 12 play trying to prove their credentials.
Saturday’s ESPN slate is a bit of a no-brainer this week. There’s only one all-ranked game not on Fox in each time slot, so that’s what we get. There’s another pivotal Big 12 game at 5pm and a return to Tuscaloosa for Texas A&M at 8.30, all leading up to the big unbeaten clash between Everett Golson and Jameis Winston.
Also, baseball is nearly over. We are just a couple of weekends away from having the late schedule entirely open for college football games rather than splitting time. The way things have been going, I’d be astonished if the ALCS goes seven games anyway this week, so that may free up Friday (1am) and Saturday (1am) slots.
1 (LW #3, AP #1) Mississippi State Bulldogs – 172 (5 – Statto00, Chris Caulfield, dailywaffle, stu_t, oglalakev)
2 (2, 2) Florida State Seminoles – 165 (2 – Florida State, cleecougar)
3 (4, 3) Ole Miss Rebels – 163
4 (5, 4) Baylor Bears – 156
5 (6, 5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish – 146 Read the rest of this entry
Well, what an insane week that was. Eleven of our top 25 after Week 5 fell this week, including all of the top three teams. As a result, pollsters have pretty much had to rip up their vote sheets and start again, resulting in a brand new #1.
Six of this week’s seven pollsters feel that Auburn’s 41-7 crushing of then-#17 LSU is enough to give them the top ranking, and three of those six see this week’s encounter with #3 Mississippi State a 1-v-2 fight in the SEC West.
This week was never going to live up to last week. With so many ranked-vs-ranked games including a bunch of upsets, last Saturday was one of those days when you set yourself in front of the television early and peeled yourself off the sofa happy the next morning.
Other sports take precedence on the BT family of channels this week, so we actually only get four live games in total including the Thursday and Friday night games, but the slate is still pretty solid.
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So, as predicted, Oregon held on to their #1 ranking by way of not actually playing a game, and Oklahoma stay at #2. Ironically, the gap between the two teams has been closed by the under-performance of two more of the top six – #6 Texas A&M losing their two top votes to the Sooners and the #3 Crimson Tide respectively.
At least the Aggies stayed where they were in barely beating Arkansas on Saturday. #5 Florida State slip two places in the poll (although they remain nonsensically #1 in the AP poll) after struggling against North Carolina State. A couple of plays different here or there, and this week’s poll could’ve looked very different.
Yowzers. If there’s ever a week to make sure you’re glued to the television on Saturday night… This week the college football gods have given us a bevy of all-ranked encounters, and even been so kind as to put most of them on our screens for our enjoyment.