Shakeup In The College Football Playoff Rankings & What We Know Midway Through The Year

College Football

The Apparent Elite

Shaking the top four in the college football playoff at this point in time is going to be very difficult to do. That could change in a couple of weeks. While Tennessee, led by Hendon Hooker, has been absolutely balling this season, they will face a tough ranked opponent in Kentucky this week as well as Georgia this year. Number two, Ohio State Buckeyes look like a lock for the top four and maybe even the number one seeding if they defeat Michigan in the finale.

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Out of all those four previously mentioned that are currently in the playoff seeding, Clemson, at number 5, in my opinion, has the easiest schedule left to go undefeated in College Football. With their toughest College Football opponent being South Carolina at Death Valley to finish the season, the toughest battle for Dabo’s squad is going to be the reliability at the quarterback position. D.J. Uiagalelei was benched in their most recent win against Syracuse. Even with head coach Dabo Sweeney praising the Tigers quarterback at the beginning of the year, saying he is their guy and they believe in him when controversy arose last Saturday, he was quick to make the change. If they can tackle that situation, you will see them in the college football playoff.

The Dark Horses

Texas Christian University. What a squad! Led by Max Duggan throwing almost 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, they move on undefeated once again, closing in on a nearer birth for their first college football playoff opportunity since 2014 when TCU reached the number 6 rank and then destroyed Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl that year. With a tough matchup in each of the top 4’s schedules and TCU only having to verse Texas on the road as their last big obstacle, I really like their chances to go undefeated throughout and potentially make the top 4.

Max Duggan’s season has been something else as a guy who wasn’t even supposed to start this year has made a name for himself. What really sticks out to me is his QBR in the top 10 and the decision-making he’s made throughout in tight shootouts with other offensive-heavy opponents, like their win over ninth-ranked Oklahoma State led by Spencer Sanders. With LSU taking out Ole Miss as a contender as well, that creates more opportunity for a team like TCU to sneak in. I also see a huge opportunity for the Oregon Ducks, crushing UCLA this previous week, and with the Utah Utes being their last obstacle, you could very well see them as an undefeated contender as well.

What About Bama?

Nick Saban’s squad still trying to get over that tough loss to Tennessee, still does have hope to make the college football playoff. The only issue is they will have back-to-back difficult opponents in LSU with their savvy quarterback Jayden Daniels and the week after Ole Miss. But don’t count out LSU just yet to not crack the top 10. If, and I mean, if they do beat the Crimson Tide at home, this will prove that Daniels and this team led by Brain Kelly are for real.

But, not only does Alabama win both of these matchups with a healthy Bryce Young under center, but I know that those wins will equate to extra points, giving them a big chance to regain their seeding. Also, accounting for the other top four teams potentially losing a match as well, the difference in ranked opponent victories will likely give Saban and his crew another run for it.

 


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