Last Week: 19 - 5 79.2%
Overall: 224 - 71 75.9%
much change at the top of the College Football Playoff Committee (CFP)
rankings this week. Texas A&M fell out after a loss to Mississippi
State, but very few analysts really felt they belonged in the first
place. At the top now are the undefeated front runners in four of the
five power conferences. Can they win out to create an elite playoff
field? History would dictate otherwise, but all four are certainly
playing at a level above the rest of the field, barely ahead of the
one-loss teams just behind them, Ohio State and Louisville. Top ranked
Alabama takes on that Mississippi State team that sent Texas A&M
tumbling slightly to number eight, so I'm sure the Bulldogs got the
Tide's full attention before a virtual tie week precedes their Iron Bowl
game against dangerous Auburn. I would have to agree with the
committee's selections with the other top four teams playing dangerous
opponents: Washington hosts twentieth ranked USC, Clemson entertains
Pittsburgh and Michigan travels to Iowa.
(17) North Carolina (7 - 2) 27
@ Duke (3 - 6) 20: Usually a Thursday road game can be a problem for
the visitors, but these schools are only a few miles apart. In addition,
Duke's home field advantage is non-existent. But the Blue Devils gave
now-14th ranked Virginia Tech all they could handle last week and might
be able to challenge the Tar Heels.
(15) Utah (7 - 2) 30
@ Arizona State (5 - 4) 24: Utah had a bye week to get over a close
loss to Washington and they head to the desert to take on the Sun
Devils. Trailing Colorado by a game in the Pac-12 South, they still
control their own destiny because of a win over USC and a season-ending
clash with Colorado. Arizona State's defense is just too much of a
liability against good teams.
Boston College (4 - 5) 17 @ (18) Florida State (6 - 3) 34:
Florida State is hanging on in the rankings because their losses are to
number two Clemson, number six Louisville and number seventeen North
Carolina, three of the top four teams in the ACC. Boston College finally
won a conference game, a close win over NC State before getting mauled
by Louisville. I expect more of the same from the Seminoles.
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