College Football Playoff Committee announce Top 25
The College Football Playoff Committee announced the first week's Top 25 rankings and left a big surprise to many. Convincingly, Georgia is the top school and is number one. What is surprising is after that:
1. Georgia - Defeated ranked teams such as Clemson, Arkansas, Auburn, and Kentucky. The defense has not allowed 14 or more points in each game. The offense has scored over 30 points since week one (defeated Clemson 10-3).
2. Alabama - It is a big surprise to many that a one-loss team is ranked this high. However, Bryce Young (QB) has performed so well and the team has improved each week. Yes, Texas A&M did beat Alabama in the last second. But, who is better than Alabama other than Georgia?
3. Michigan State - As mentioned in the podcast, MSU is like a Cinderella team. They are winning games and they have a Heisman hopeful, Kenneth Walker III, rushing 1,194 yards and scoring 15 total touchdowns. To stay on top, they will need to win out and beat Ohio State.
4. Oregon - The team started on top by defeating Ohio State. They did drop to Stanford and had to deal with injuries. Despite being 7-1 and in the PAC-12, they too need to win convincingly and be PAC-12 Champions to make it to the playoffs. Their biggest challenge is themselves, with four games remaining. Also, Oregon plays at Utah and hosts Oregon State in the last two games of the season. Oregon did not play Utah and lost to Oregon State last season.
5. Ohio State - They are in the best position at this moment. Should they win out and become BIG Ten Champions, there is no question they will be in the playoffs. The Buckeyes have Michigan and Michigan State in their schedule.
6. Cincinnati - The strength of the schedule is still a big deal. However, if the Bearcats could have defeated Navy and Tulane in a more significant spread, they could have probably be ranked higher, even in the top four. The Bearcats struggled in their last two games and found their mojo in the second half of each game. They did beat Notre Dame but have not looked the same since.
From 7-25 is a big surprise. Houston, Louisiana, Coastal Carolina, Minnesota, Appalachian State, Iowa, SMU, and Utah State were not chosen. Each school does have an argument to be considered in the voting. And, there is still time to get there.
Mississippi State and Wisconsin are the three-loss teams that is left questionable. The Bulldogs lost back-to-back to Memphis and LSU and Alabama blew them out. The Badgers are 1-3 against the top 25. They lost to Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan. They defeated Iowa, but that was after Iowa lost to Purdue when ranked number two.
Another school left shaking heads is Texas A&M. In the podcast, Ovi Muniz had them at 23. The committee believes they are worthy at number 14. The Aggies struggled against Colorado (won 10-7). They lost back-to-back to Arkansas and Mississippi State. There is no other notable school to give a valid reason for its position.
It is only week one of the College Football Playoff Rankings. Each week, at least five schools lose in the top 25. Weeks 5 and 9 had the most, with nine schools going down. At this rate, we may witness a colossal shake-up by the final vote. But only one team for sure will be in the college playoffs - Georgia. If Alabama were to lose at the SEC Championship, they will be eliminated and possibly allow Cincinnati (should they win out) in the playoffs.