What will the College Football Playoff rankings be in the second unveiling on Tuesday night?
Whatever on all that election stuff that’s only going to determine the history of the human race. The second round of the College Football Playoff rankings matter more.
Remember, last week’s rankings don’t exist anymore. The committee throws them out and starts from scratch going pick by pick, slot by slot. The first round was a mish-mosh of ideas and theories, but basically, they go by who the best team is at each spot all the way to No. 1.
So what will they be? Here’s the best guess for what the second College Football Playoff rankings will be on Tuesday night.
25. Washington Huskies 7-3 (NR)
The Cal loss two weeks ago kept the Huskies out of the top 25, but the win over Stanford, a slew of losses by top 25 teams, and the wins over last week CFP No. 15 Utah, Arizona State, and now the Cardinal should sneak them in.
24. Auburn Tigers 6-3 (NR)
The Tigers should move their way into the top 25 after being Ole Miss on the road and coming up with a win last week against CFP No. 20 Texas A&M. The Tennessee loss will still be an anchor, but the win over Washington will matter more now.
– Auburn 28, Texas A&M 24
23. Utah State Aggies 8-1 (NR)
This is where the committee whiffed last week. It’ll make up for it. You can’t put UCF just outside of the top ten just on the eye test, and not rank Utah State now.
The problem is a miserable schedule – 124th in the nation – with no win yet over a sure-thing bowl team. BYU and Hawaii will get to a bowl, but whatever. The biggest positive? The 38-31 loss at Michigan State.
22. Fresno State Bulldogs 8-1 (23)
106th in strength of schedule. That’s it. That’s everything, but the committee didn’t care about it last week with the No. 23 ranking, and it’s going to keep on loving the team that just beat UNLV 48-3 – the fourth time in five games holding a team to seven points or fewer. The best win is … uhhhhh …. at UCLA? Toledo? The loss at Minnesota is horrible, but again, the committee didn’t care last week.
21. Iowa State Cyclones 5-3 (24)
How much does the committee like and respect the hot team? Hitting the three-foot putt against Kansas isn’t going to crank up the respect in the rankings, but taking in all of the factors – including the rise of the team over the last month with Brock Purdy at quarterback, the Cyclones are going to keep moving on up.
– Missouri 38, Florida 17