MORE CARNAGE! GIVE IT ALL TO ME! I LOVE CHAOS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL! A rain delay in East Lansing made the late afternoon slate an incredible sequence of games. The Big Ten might be in peril while the Big XII seems to be safe at the moment. Let’s look through everything and how it will impact Tuesday’s second CFP poll…
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Big Ten in Trouble?
With both Penn State and Ohio State going down, it seems that Wisconsin is the Big Ten’s current hope for the Playoff. Wisconsin will likely move up from #9 after a convincing win at Indiana yesterday but the Badgers probably won’t be cracking the Top 5–it will depend on how the committee compares TCU’s win over Texas and Miami’s victory over Virginia Tech. The main issue facing the Big Ten is that now Wisconsin NEEDS to finish the season unbeaten to have a representative in the playoff (unless Alabama or Georgia slips up). Where PSU and OSU stand in next week’s poll affects a number of teams–except for Wisconsin, however. Oklahoma would become the biggest victim of an OSU slide; although the Sooners did handle OSU in Columbus so it may not be as big of a deal as I’m thinking. The real question we have to think of is what to do with Michigan State? It’s plausible to think that Sparty hop-scotches a number of schools and moves into the teens from 24th. I doubt they’d crack the Top 10 this week although beating OSU next weekend would certainly make that a strong likelihood for the poll in two weeks. Ohio State hosts MSU, Penn State hosts Rutgers, and Wisconsin host Iowa next weekend–more highly impactful games for the conference.
Big XII Looks Safe, For Now
How incredible was Bedlam 2017!? Oklahoma effectively eliminated their in-state rival Oklahoma State yesterday while TCU was able to stay alive in a rare low-scoring win over Texas. The two squads will meet this weekend it what might be a preview of the Big XII Championship. If TCU wins, they’re in the driver’s seat down the stretch to the conference championship game (@ Texas Tech and vs. Baylor to close out) while Oklahoma has a bit tougher of a schedule (@ Kansas and vs. West Virginia). Regardless of who wins next week, they’ll need to win out for the Big XII to have a shot at making the playoff. It’ll be interesting to see if the committee decides to flip Clemson and Oklahoma. My gut reaction is “probably not” as both games were close (as well as incredibly exciting). With Iowa State going down to West Virginia, the two schools are now tied for 3rd in the conference with OK State. ISU plays OK State this weekend in what will be an elimination game for the conference championship. West Virginia travels to Kansas State this weekend as they’ll look remain in the race for the Big XII title.
Everyone Else Followed the Plan
Alabama and Georgia both won their games and right now are seeming to live up to this assumption that the two will meet in the SEC Championship Game unbeaten. Depending on how this upcoming weekend goes, both schools could punch their tickets to those respective games. Georgia simply needs South Carolina to lose to Florida (very unlikely) and the East is theirs. Alternatively, if Georgia wins AT Auburn, they can also punch their ticket that way. With that result and Alabama beating Mississippi State on the road, Bama clinches the West. MSU seemed to struggle against UMass yesterday so it might be a cakewalk for the Tide.
Notre Dame showed a very convincing win against Wake Forrest and it might have been the tune-up they need going into their final stretch–at Miami, vs. Navy, and at Stanford. This weekend’s showdown with the Hurricanes could be the difference between the ACC getting in or Notre Dame getting in. Here me out on this one: if Notre Dame wins, Miami can still make the ACC Championship with one-loss and they should considering they’ll play UVA and Pitt. If Miami could pull off the W against Clemson (who just needs to beat the struggling FSU Seminoles to clinch the Atlantic Division). An 11-1 Miami team wouldn’t have the resume to make the playoff and right now, a 12-1 Clemson (assuming they win-out) might not. Notre Dame clearly has the toughest road in, and they absolutely have the inside track to the CFP because of it.
Second College Football Playoff Poll Predictions:
- Notre Dame
What do you think was the craziest result this week? Who’s in your Top 4? Let me know in the comments…Follow @geordo9