Alabama is still No. 1 as the lone undefeated team from a Power-5 conference.
MI remained third for a third straight week, despite suffering a 14-13 loss at Iowa on Saturday night. Still, could Louisville leap into the top four after the Michigan-Ohio State game is played?
“We don’t talk about individual players in that regard”, Hocutt said.
With five of the nation’s top 10 teams suffering defeats in Week 11, this week’s College Football Playoff top 25 could have a different look.
Ohio State deserves this spot.
The teams immediately in front of the Sooners in this week’s CFP Top 25 are Penn State, at No. 8, and No. 7 Wisconsin. 7 and 8, with two-loss Wisconsin and Penn State.
Louisville has the biggest argument against the most recent poll since they were unable to move past MI and Clemson despite their losses last weekend. “Those are three high-quality wins that the committee places high value in”. Kentucky will have a chance to knock Louisville out of the playoff picture in two weeks.
In two years of the playoff, all the participants have been conference champions and the committee is instructed to give some preference to league champs and head-to-head results when teams are similar.
For a team like Alabama, it is easy to rank them given their strength of schedule. The committee has always favored conference winners.
The Buckeyes are in a unique spot. So what happens if Wisconsin, Nebraska, or Penn State wins the conference at 11-2? Alabama, of course, is No. 1. But the Michigan Wolverines and Clemson Tigers, who both took losses over the weekend to the Iowa Hawkeyes and Pittsburgh Panthers, still find themselves among the Top 4. Following the 26-13 win over U-Dub, the Trojans jumped up seven spots to No. 13 in the CFP rankings.
Colorado (8-2) moved to No. 10 from No. 12. The Spartans are one of the bigger disappointments in college football this year after being ranked #12 in the Associated Press preseason poll. You know what I’m saying?
For bettors, it’s a reminder never to assume anything in college football. The good news for the Huskies is that there are potentially two more quality wins on the ledger with Washington State and either Colorado, Utah or USC in a possible Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
“The thing we’re focusing on the most is like just doing more this week than we did last week, which means by studying more film, coming in more, just doing everything right, and doing my job and just doing more than I did last week”, Campbell said. “Michigan hovering at No. 5”. “We’d still control our own destiny”.
Ohio State must win the rest of their games and that starts this weekend against Michigan State.
Maybe it is unfair that Western Michigan probably won’t crack the top 10 even if they win out.
The third edition of this poll has Boise State moving up two spots two the 20th position while Western Michigan remains at No. 21. ESPN analyst Joey Galloway, said of WMU: “They deserve more respect”.
Despite the losses, the trio didn’t wind up completely out in the cold.