The five reactions to the third rankings from the College Football Playoff committee.
5. Rapid-Fire First Reaction To Latest College Football Playoff Rankings
Georgia is still getting a bit too much of a free pass for that 20-point loss to LSU. It’s fine for now – the Bulldogs will get into the CFP if it wins the SEC Championship and goes 12-1 – but Oklahoma has a bit of a beef.
The Sooners lost to the No. 15 Texas team on a walk-off kick, and it beat No. 16 Iowa State. If the Sooners take down No. 9 West Virginia in Morgantown? Again, it’s not a big deal right now, but the set-up is there for a whole lot of drama down the stretch.
Seriously. Find a good win. Any good win by Utah State or Cincinnati. Boise State at least beat Fresno State, but Fresno State didn’t have a good win, either. Having an amazing record is fine, but No. 24 Utah State has the fifth-worst strength of schedule in college football. Cincinnati is 102nd. And UCF’s SOS is 100th.
The CFP isn’t punishing teams too hard for losses to great teams – especially on the road. Auburn was the exception. It was 24th last week, lost a great Georgia team on the road, and … out. Penn State was 14th in the first rankings, got pasted by Michigan a few weeks ago and dipped to 20th, and now is back up to 14th.
You want some ammo, UCF fans? No. 10 Ohio State … you’ve beaten, who? TCU? Whatever. Michigan State? Okay, good, but the Buckeyes technically have the 102nd-best strength of schedule, and, again, No. 11 UCF is 100th. And UCF didn’t get blown out by Purdue.
Injuries are supposed to make a difference. Utah stayed at 19 after beating Oregon – but got passed by an idle Washington – despite the loss of QB Tyler Huntley and RB Zack Moss for the season. Boston College fell down just three spots after losing to Clemson, but when will QB Anthony Brown be back?