So, yesterday was fun, huh? We saw 3 previously undefeated teams fall from these holy ranks. Cincinnati lost to Temple, but they were an underdog. North Carolina State lost to Clemson, but they were also an underdog. And then there was Ohio State. I don’t think any of us saw that thrashing coming. The Buckeyes definitely did not either. I have mentioned the last few weeks that the OSU defense was starting to get exposed. It was only a matter of time before someone took advantage of this. I don’t think anyone expected it to be Purdue though. But this is why we love college football.
So only 5 teams remain undefeated now. The playoff picture is starting to take shape; starting to possess some definition. My CFB playoff right now is Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and LSU. Bama and LSU play each other in 2 weeks after they both have a bye this coming weekend. If LSU wins, my top 4 would stay the same, but with a different order. If Alabama wins, then Michigan replaces LSU. Like I’ve said before, I’m not sure I’d want to be on the committee that makes these decisions. So let’s look ahead at what these 5 teams face the rest of the way.
Alabama still has 2 tough games ahead. LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, and Auburn are the games down the stretch for the Crimson Tide. The LSU game should be one for the ages. Auburn should put up a pretty good fight as well. Alabama has been dominant all season, but we’ll truly see what they’re made of with these games.
Clemson doesn’t exactly have it easy, but I think they run the table barring a collapse or simply overlooking a team. Florida State, Louisville, Boston College, Duke, and South Carolina are their remaining 5 games. FSU is showing improvement, so Clemson better not take them lightly. Assuming they get past them, the rest of the way should be winnable games. But again, this is college football.
Notre Dame was on a bye this weekend, so I’m sure they were looking on with interest when these games played out. Their final 5 games are teams they should beat, but also teams they shouldn’t get too comfortable with. Navy, Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse, and USC will not be an easy 5 game stretch. They’ll be favored in each one, but FSU and USC may be good tests for the Fighting Irish.
The American Athletic Conference is down to 2 undefeated teams after the UC loss yesterday. But let’s face it, neither UCF or USF will be in the playoff due to their extremely weak schedules. They face each other the last week of the season, so this will knock one of them out. Also, both teams play UC still. Despite the loss yesterday, the Bearcats did show that they’re pretty good in their first game against a team with a winning record. They could catch both UCF and USF off guard and beat them on any given day. USF also has Houston left to play, so don’t be surprised if they finish with 3 losses on the season.
Everything looks easy to figure out on paper. But then the games begin and everything gets thrown out of whack. How these teams fare down the stretch will make for some good football over the next month or so. With Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia on the cusp, the top 4 teams will have to make sure they stay focused, regardless of who they’re playing. As usual, sit back and crack open a cold one. It’s about to get crazy.