Predicting the New Year’s Six: How College Football Concludes Its Season

Two nights before Christmas, football was on. The NFL rolled out Colts–Ravens and Vikings–Packers, leaving fans counting the minutes until the College Football Playoff. The sport could expand and move a week earlier. . .

Ohio State vs. USC

USC has a seven game win streak over the Buckeyes, and that looks to continue here. Ohio State lost by 31 to Iowa. (Update: Nope)

Pick: USC

Penn State vs. Washington

The Huskies haven’t looked the same since a crushing loss to Arizona State, but an Apple Cup victory rejuvenated an ailing team. It still won’t be enough to overcome Penn State in Saquon Barkley’s final game.

Pick: Penn State

Auburn vs. UCF

The electric Golden Knights offense will face a terrific Auburn defense, victors of the Iron Bowl. Don’t discount the Tiger offense either, as Jarrett Stidham leads a dual threat attack. However, UCF was, in my opinion, the fourth-best team in the country. Expect the Golden Knights to pull out a victory in their final game withcoach Scott Frost.

Pick: UCF

Wisconsin vs. Miami

A Miami team that destroyed Notre Dame by 33 faces a Wisconsin team unfamiliar with high-quality opposition. Malik Rosier will outduel his quarterback counterpart Alex Hornibrook to deliver Miami the victory.

Pick: Miami

Oklahoma vs. Georgia

The first of the Playoff matchups serves up an intriguing game, with Oklahoma’s top-ranked offense against Georgia’s SEC-leading defense. Unfortunately for the Sooners, a sluggish defense won’t be enough to slow down Georgia.

Pick: Georgia

Clemson vs. Alabama

This is not the Clemson–Alabama of old. The Crimson Tide had no business making the Playoff, and Clemson will outclass Nick Saban once again.


College Football Power Rankings: Championship Week

College football’s regular season is over and done with, and another four teams will go to the Playoff. For Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Alabama, the national title is at stake. For others, a bowl game. For Baylor. . . um. . .

1. Oklahoma

Every team’s season has been reevaluated, and Oklahoma emerges on top. The Sooners torched TCU in the Big 12 Championship to earn a trip to the Playoff.

2. Clemson

The Tigers ran Miami off the field in a 38-3 annihilation. Clemson booked a spot in the Playoff, and that Auburn win looks impressive.

3. Georgia

The Bulldogs erased a bad memory by winning the SEC. Auburn couldn’t beat the former #1 a second time, and Kirby Smart is heading to the Playoff.

4. UCF

I said I reevaluated everyone. The Knights put up 62 en route to beating Memphis in the AAC Championship, went undefeated, and boasts signature wins over the aforementioned Tigers (twice!) and South Florida. In a perfect world UCF would be in the Playoff, but will instead settle for the Peach Bowl. Opponent? Auburn.

5. Auburn

The Tigers’ losses to Clemson and Georgia can be excused, leaving Auburn with one unavoidable loss. The LSU game hurts, but running the SEC West gauntlet slots the Tigers in at fifth. Wins over Alabama and Georgia by a combined 35 points headline an incredible resume.

6. Alabama

The Tide were the only top 10 team not participating in a conference game, yet still made the Playoff. Despite undefeated AAC champ UCF’s similar strength of schedule, Alabama will have a shot at Clemson for the third straight year.

7. USC

The Pac-12 champions head to the Fiesta Bowl, which is the de facto Rose Bowl against Ohio State. USC led Stanford by double digits long into the fourth quarter, and vaults above Ohio State upon reevaluation.

8. Ohio State

If you want to make the Playoff, don’t lose to Iowa by 31. Fair?

9. Wisconsin

The Badgers lost a hard-fought Big 10 Championship, and head to the Orange Bowl to face Miami. The Hurricanes have made a habit of running teams off the field, (Notre Dame agrees) and could mock Wisconsin’s weak schedule.

10. Miami

The Hurricanes weren’t exactly firing on all cylinders in a 38-3 drubbing from Clemson. Miami should beat an overmatched Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl, and jump a few spots.

11. TCU

The Horned Frogs got smoked—again—by Oklahoma. Kenny Hill played well in the first half, but TCU imploded on both sides of the ball. Baker Mayfield is going to win the Heisman, while TCU falls out of New Year’s Six consideration.

12. Washington 

13. Penn State

I’m not sold on a team that lost every challenge. The Lions aren’t cut out for high-quality opposition.

14. Notre Dame

15. Michigan State

MSU enjoyed a nice rebound season, but a blowout loss to Notre Dame early in the season hurts.

16. Stanford

The Cardinal were never really close in a blowout loss to USC, and will compete in a medium-quality bowl. Bryce Love is a finalist for the Heisman, but the trophy appears to have Baker Mayfield’s name written on it.

17. Memphis

The Tigers played an incredibly fun AAC Championship, a 55-62 2OT loss to UCF, and Memphis doesn’t fall far, as both of their losses are to #4 UCF.

18. LSU

This was a terrific rebound season for Ed Orgeron, and the Tigers will face Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.

19. Oklahoma State

20. Northwestern

21. Toledo

The Rockets destroyed Akron 45-28 to become the MAC champion. Be aware of flying missiles.

22. Florida Atlantic

Lane Kiffin has turned FAU into a conference champion, as the Owls blew out North Texas by 24. Florida Atlantic will face Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl, and it shouldn’t be close.

23. Virginia Tech

24. Washington State

25. Tennessee’s coaching search

The Vols finally found a coach, as Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is thrust into the spotlight. Pruitt has a talented roster, but very few recruits as of yet. Expect that to change, and Tennessee might be a force in the SEC East once again.

Alabama Doesn’t Deserve a Playoff Spot

Sunday morning, the CFP Committee had a decision to make. Did Alabama deserve a spot in the 2017-18 College Football Playoff? The answer from the Committee was yes. The Committee is wrong.

Alabama vs. Ohio State

Let’s first discount the primary “challenger,” Ohio State. If you want to earn a spot in the Playoff, don’t lose to Iowa by 31. Fair?


Alabama vs. Auburn

Auburn’s best wins: Georgia, Alabama

Auburn’s worst loss: LSU

Alabama’s best wins: LSU, Mississippi State

Alabama’s only loss: Auburn

Three-loss Auburn is more deserving than the Tide. To the tune of 26-14, the Tigers dominated Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Auburn made the SEC Championship, unlike Alabama. Considering two of Auburn’s losses were to Playoff teams, (Clemson, Georgia) why not the Tigers? Consider the quality wins listed above.


Alabama vs. UCF

Alabama’s best wins: LSU, Mississippi State

Alabama’s only loss: Auburn

UCF’s best wins: Memphis (twice), USF

When comparing Alabama to unbeaten UCF, the Tide look bad. The AAC champions beat Memphis twice by a combined score of 102-68. Add on a dramatic Rivalry Week win at South Florida, and ‘Bama’s resume pales in comparison. Please never forget that LSU (the Tide’s best win) lost to Troy.

Alabama vs. USC

Alabama’s best wins: Troy, LSU, Mississippi State

Alabama’s only loss: Auburn

USC’s best wins: Stanford (twice), Arizona

USC’s losses: Notre Dame, Washington State

Although this one seems a bit out there, USC is at least on par with Alabama. The Trojans destroyed Arizona, whose quarterback (Khalil Tate) had run for 840(!!!) yards in the past four weeks, snapping the Wildcats’ four-game win streak. Add on beating Stanford twice, and USC’s 11 wins outweigh Alabama’s 11. USC is also a conference champion. Alabama isn’t even a division champion.


Through these comparisons, it’s easy to see Alabama doesn’t deserve to be in the Playoff. UCF, USC, and Auburn all have better cases for the exclusive field of four. The Committee is facing questions that need answering, and are not setting a good precedent. Alabama could get blown out against Clemson, leading to 2015 comparisons. TCU and Baylor are not amused.

College Football Power Rankings: Rivalry Week

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The insanity of Rivalry Week is over, but the CFP committee has more questions to answer as Alabama and Miami lost. The SEC and ACC Championships are play-ins, and Oklahoma and Wisconsin are win-and-in. What’s at stake for Championship Week? Read on.

1. Oklahoma

Capturing the top spot for the first time this year, Oklahoma will make the Playoff of the Sooners defeat TCU in the Big 12 Championship. A loss would send Oklahoma to a New Year’s Six bowl.

2. Clemson

The Tigers face a play-in game against Miami. The winner of the ACC Championship will make the Playoff, while the loser is relegated to the Orange Bowl.

3. Auburn

A wild win in the Iron Bowl ensured the Tigers of a chance to play what is essentially a Playoff quarterfinal against Georgia. Defeating Alabama by 12 is no small feat, and Auburn vaults to #3.

4. Wisconsin

The Badgers enter the Playoff picture because of Alabama and Miami’s losses. A shutout in Minneapolis won’t earn Wisconsin anything, as P.J. Fleck couldn’t make anything out of Minnesota’s weakest roster in years.

5. Georgia

The Bulldogs blew out Georgia Tech 38-7 to ensure the SEC of at least one team in the Playoff. The winner of Auburn vs. Georgia will make the Committee’s top four.

6. Alabama

The Crimson Tide need some help after losing a pivotal Iron Bowl to Auburn. Either Oklahoma or Wisconsin needs to lose to TCU or Ohio State. After that, Alabama will need the committee to pick the Tide over a two-loss conference champion.

7. Ohio State

The Buckeyes must beat Wisconsin to have a chance at the Playoff, and even then the committee might choose 11-1 Alabama. Escaping Michigan gave Ohio State another quality win, but quarterback J.T. Barrett is questionable for the Big 10 Championship.

8. Miami

Pittsburgh has done it again. The 4-7 Panthers knocked off a top four opponent for the second year in a row, meaning Miami will have to beat Clemson to earn a spot in the Playoff.

9. TCU

The Horned Frogs blew out ten-loss Baylor as expected, but have little hope of a Playoff appearance. A win over Oklahoma would be a massive boost to the program, and would earn TCU a trip to the New Year’s Six.

10. USC

The Trojans had an extra week to prepare for Stanford, and will need a win in the Pac-12 Championship to clinch a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

11. UCF

What the Golden Knights have done this year is incredible. Rolling through the nation’s sixth best conference is a underestimated feat. UCF won’t make the Playoff, but the Knights could make their second New Year’s Six bowl in the Playoff era with a win over Memphis.

12. Washington 

Unlike many, I ranked the Huskies ahead of Washington State. That decision is justified after Washington’s 41-14 win in the Apple Cup, although Washington won’t go to the Pac-12 Championship. That honor goes to Stanford, who just knocked off Notre Dame.

13. Penn State

The Lions put up 66 on Maryland, pushing Penn Statebup three spots due to receiving some help. Saquon Barkley will need more to further his Heisman case in the New Year’s Six.

14. Stanford

The Cardinal were predicted to be destroyed against Notre Dame, but responded by winning by 18. Stanford will play for a New Year’s Six spot in the Pac-12 Championship against USC.

15. Memphis

For the second week in a row, the American Athletic has two teams in the top 15. Enough said for a New Year’s Six play-in game against UCF.

16. Notre Dame

The Irish eliminated themselves from a New Year’s Six bowl by virtue of losing by 18 to Stanford. Notre Dame’s lack of conference affiliation hurts as well.

17. Michigan State

The Spartans stay put after a 40-7 win over eight-loss Rutgers, and won’t move much after finishing second in the Big 10 East.

18. LSU

A blowout win over Texas A&M helps LSU’s case for a higher-quality bowl, and cost Kevin Sumlin his job. The Tigers move up, but won’t make a New Year’s Six bowl.

19. Oklahoma State

Kansas is not a difficult opponent, and the Pokes only move up one spot in relief of Washington State.

20. Northwestern

The Wildcats have a 30-70 shot at the Citrus Bowl, and will need a Michigan State opponent to trip up. A Wisconsin win would be particularly devastating for MSU.

21. Washington State

A chance to go to the Pac-12 Championship was squandered Saturday night, as a 41-14 blowout loss to rival Washington sends Stanford to play USC. Wazzou might be relegated to the Sun Bowl, televised by CBS against an ACC team.

22. Virginia Tech

VT is the last Power 5 team ranked this week, as Virginia Tech’s 9-3 record makes them the ACC’s third ranked team.

23. Fresno State

The Bulldogs enter the rankings after their upset of former #25 Boise State. Fresno State will have another shot at the Broncos in the Mountain West title game.

24. Toledo

The Rockets put the MAC’s only two-loss record on the line in the Mid-American title game. Surprise division winners Akron are heavy underdogs, but Toledo can’t afford to slip up.

25. Florida Atlantic

Lane Kiffin has turned this program around—from winless to unbeaten. FAU has a shot at a conference championship against North Texas.


New Year’s Six bowl projections

Playoff semifinal: Clemson vs. Ohio State

Playoff semifinal: Oklahoma vs. Auburn

Orange: Miami vs. Alabama

Fiesta: USC vs. Wisconsin

Cotton: TCU vs. Ohio State

Peach: UCF vs. Georgia

Next best team: Washington

College Football Power Rankings Week 10

This week in Bedlam: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown! The freshman wide receiver produced a 9 catch, 265(!!) yard, two touchdown performance against Oklahoma State. What a day.

The top four doesn’t move, but some shuffling ensued after six games between top 25 teams. On a side note, this is the week where I factor in strength of remaining schedule. Auburn is the main beneficiary.

1. Georgia

The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with a win over South Carolina. Georgia is 6-0 in SEC play, but faces a challenge against Playoff dark horse Auburn.

2. Notre Dame

Brandon Wimbush is the perfect QB for this offense. Wake Forest maintains a solid defense, but Notre Dame hung 48 points on them. The Irish face Miami on Saturday, which could be a play-in game.

3. Alabama

Taking care of LSU keeps the Tide in third, but Alabama needs a quality win as soon as possible.

4. Oklahoma

The Sooners and Oklahoma State combined for 1446 yards of total offense in a thrilling 62-52 shootout. Baker Mayfield’s 598 yards and five touchdowns catapulted Oklahoma into Playoff consideration. The Sooners still need to win out, and TCU is next.

5. Clemson

The Tigers picked up a crucial win against NC State, and Clemson only needs to beat Florida State to book a ticket to the ACC Championship.

6. Miami

Skeptics criticized Miami’s lack of quality wins. Skeptics pointed to the Hurricanes’ struggles against lesser opposition. The skeptics were wrong.

A terrific defensive performance against Virginia Tech launched Miami into Playoff comsideration. Malik Rosier and the offense will need to score with Notre Dame and deliver a statement win. . . or watch their Playoff hopes cling to a thread.

7. TCU

Iowa State’s loss makes the task simple for TCU. Beat Oklahoma and the Horned Frogs control their own destiny on the road to the Big 12 Championship. If they lose? Then TCU will need to win out.

8. Wisconsin

A complete lack of a marquee win puts the Badgers on the outside looking in. Wisconsin can’t afford a slip-up.

9. Washington

The Huskies leap five spots due to chaos in the rankings. A one-loss Washington would likely make the Playoff, but a two-loss Washington would fall outside the top 10.

10. Auburn

The Tigers fell seven spots last week due to every team’s re-evaluation. A loss to LSU crumpled Auburn’s Playoff chances at the time, but the other Tigers won some games to make up for Troy. Strength of remaining schedule is factored in this week, and Auburn’s is ridiculous. Georgia and Alabama will both face the Tigers.

11. USC

The Trojans didn’t exactly stop Khalil Tate and Arizona, but they won the shootout 49-35. USC rises six spots due to the complete chaos that showed people why we love this sport.

12. UCF

The Golden Knights (not the Las Vegas ones) passed the test of SMU. In fact, the Mustangs should comfortably make a bowl, meaning UCF adds another quality win to its resume. The real AAC gauntlet begins now.

13. Michigan State

The Spartans waited three hours due to weathe delay, but a terrific 27-24 victory over Penn State in the dying seconds gives Michigan State a chance to clinch the division with a win over Ohio State.

14. Ohio State

The Buckeyes are out of CFP consideration after their second blowout loss. Iowa isn’t Oklahoma, though. 55-24!

15. Penn State

A second loss appeared on Penn State’s record. The Lions are also out of Playoff consideration with their 27-24 loss to Michigan State.

16. Oklahoma State

Mason Rudolph’s offense put up 52 points. . . and lost. How does that happen? Bedlam.

17. Virginia Tech

A loss to Miami eliminated VT from the ACC race entirely, but the Orange Bowl could be in play if Virginia Tech wins out and gets some help.

18. Memphis

Blowing out Tulsa solidified the Tigers’ spot in the AAC Championship Game. All Memphis needs to do is win out, likely including UCF. Nothing could go wrong!

19. Washington State

A 24-21 win over Stanford was critical to Wazzou’s Pac-12 title hopes, but likely has no impact on the New Year’s Six race.

20. West Virginia

Defeating Iowa State keeps the Mountaineers in the race to the Big 12 Championship, and WVU could rise.

21. Iowa State

A loss to WVU puts a roadblock in the upstart Cyclones’ path to the Big 12 title game, but wins over Oklahoma and TCU give Iowa State almost every tiebreaker

22. Iowa

Someone nominate Nathan Stanley for Heisman. The sophomore quarterback led Iowa to a rout of Ohio State, winning by three touchdowns. Three-loss Iowa could make a late charge to the top 15.

23. Toledo

An key win against Northern Illinois left the Rockets as the MAC’s only New Year’s Six contender. The path won’t be difficult for Toledo, but the Rockets need UCF to lose twice.

24. NC State

The Wolfpack produced a solid performance against Clemson, but fell short by a touchdown. To win their division, NC State will need to win out. . . and Clemson will have to lose to Florida State. It’s far more likely the Wolfpack finish 7-1 and go to a lesser bowl game.

25. Mississippi State 

A slow start against lowly UMass doesn’t boost a lacking resume, and Mississippi State falls.

College Football Power Rankings Week 9

The CFB Playoff Comittee has released their first rankings, with many surprises. As a result of that, I have re-analyzed the teams. Prepare for chaos and controversy!

1. Georgia

A new #1 has presented themselves! The Bulldogs take the top spot from Alabama due to a massive win over surging Notre Dame. Speaking of the Irish. . .

2. Notre Dame

This is even more controversial! Notre Dame boasts marquee wins over USC, NC State, and to a lesser extent Michigan State. Despite their one point loss to the top team in the nation, the Irish claim #2.

3. Alabama

i have pulled a Florida State! Alabama has destroyed their opponents, but doesn’t have the marquee wins Georgia and Notre Dame have. As a result, the Crimson Tide fall.

4. Oklahoma

That loss to Iowa State doesn’t look too bad anymore, does it? The Sooners are one of the main beneficiaries of my choosing to re-evaluate every game of every notable team.

5. Ohio State

The Buckeyes came back from 15 down in the fourth quarter against Penn State to claim a top five spot. Their loss to Oklahoma keeps them out of a playoff slot, but Championship Week should help Ohio State.

6. Clemson

The Tigers continue to take care of all challengers save one. Clemson’s narrow loss to Syracuse keeps them out of the top four, and they will need to run the table.

7. Penn State

I have only dropped Penn State four spots for the OSU loss, because they seem better than the teams below them. Saquon Barkley has flown into superstardom at this point.

8. Miami

9. Wisconsin 

Both the Hurricanes and Badgers continue to win ugly games against unranked opposition. Who would’ve expected that Miami’s win over Toledo would be better than any of Wisconsin’s?

10. TCU

Iowa State has turned into a really good team, knocking off the Horned Frogs this past week 14-7. TCU won’t drop far, but they need some help.

11. Virginia Tech

Miami would clinch the ACC Coastal with a win over the Hokies on Saturday, and eliminate Virginia Tech from playoff consideration. If VT wins, November 11th in Bobby Dodd Stadium against Georgia Tech could be the de facto ACC semifinal.

12. Oklahoma State

Mason Rudolph is back in the Heisman conversation after a terrific performance in a  50-39 victory over West Virginia. The Cowboys don’t mind, but they need to win Bedlam to stay alive in the Playoff race.

13. UCF

The fifth and final undefeated team, UCF will need a lot of help to become the first Group of 5 team in the Playoff. McKenzie Milton’s offense also needs some help from an average defense looking ahead to South Florida. Rivalry Week is going to be special this year.

14. Washington

The Huskies are the last team with a chance at the Playoff in my eyes. Jake Browning has led the offense, and coach Chris Peterson has built a solid defense. But the Arizona State loss still hurts.

15. Iowa State

What a month for the Cyclones. Iowa State is riding a four game winning streak which includes touchdown wins over Oklahoma and TCU. Their two losses eliminate them from Playoff contention, but Iowa State has an outside chance at a New Year’s Six bowl.

16. Arizona

The Wildcats are on fire. Destroying Washington State by three touchdowns sent a message around the nation. USC is up next, and it should be a fun one!

Stat of the day: Quarterback Khalil Tate rushed for more yards (840) in the month of October than any other player in the last ten years.

17. USC

18. NC State

19. Memphis

20. Auburn

21. Stanford

22. Mississippi State

There’s very little movement in 17-21, so we’ll skip them. Mississippi State enters the rankings with some quality wins, including last week’s 35-14 dismantling of Texas A&M.

23. Toledo

Another new entry is Toledo! The Rockets are 7-1, the loss coming to Miami. Toledo actually led Miami at the half!

24. USF

The higher they jump, the harder they fall. The Bulls fall seven spots after a disastrous loss to Houston that means South Florida can’t lose again. Otherwise UCF can claim the division before the two sides meet during Rivalry Week.

25. Washington State

Wazzou is hanging on by a thread. I kept them here because LSU lost to Troy. Arizona is a good football team though.


College Football Power Rankings Week 8

There weren’t any big surprises this week, but USC and Michigan cannoned downwards after big losses. Georgia retained their grip on the number two spot despite big wins from top ten teams, and a new Pac-12 team enters the rankings.

1. Alabama

Tennessee is not very good this year, are they? The Crimson Tide rolled to a 45-7 victory and retain the top spot.

2. Georgia

The Bulldogs’ resume keeps them above a surging Penn State, and the Notre Dame win looks really good now.

3. Penn State

The Lions were expected to beat Michigan. They were not expected to win by 29 points. Penn State remains stationary, but if they beat Ohio State. . .

4. TCU

A shutout against any other Big 12 opponent would’ve done wonders for TCU’s ranking, but Kansas is hardly a Top 25 team. The Horned Frogs need to keep winning, otherwise Clemson and Notre Dame could easily leapfrog the Toa—er, Frogs.

5. Clemson

Clemson comes off their bye staring at NC State’s undefeated record in ACC play. Whoever wins will be in control of the conference.

6. Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish catapulted into the top 10 after blowing out USC in an instantly forgettable game. Saturday at NC State will define the rest of both teams’ seasons.

7. Miami

The Hurricanes escaped again, this time a 27-19 win at Syracuse. Miami will begin to fall unless Malik Rosier and Co. pick up some convincing victories. But for the meantime, Miami is undefeated.

8. Oklahoma

For the THIRD week in a row, the Sooners would be out of the top 10 if not for receiving some help. Oklahoma escaped in a 42-35 thriller against. . . Kansas State? Not exactly Playoff material.

9. Ohio State

Ohio State falls one spot due to Notre Dame’s big win. The Buckeyes had an extra week to prepare for a massive game against Penn State. What a slate of games we have in store!

10. Wisconsin

Rounding out the top 10, Wisconsin took care of Maryland 38-13. Matchups with Iowa and Michigan over the coming month will determine the Badgers’ Big 10 fate.

11. NC State

The Wolfpack had an extra week to prepare for Notre Dame, a daunting test that could elevate or eliminate NC State’s Playoff chances.

12. Virginia Tech

VT demolished North Carolina 59-7, and rise four spots due to others’ resume flaws.

13. Auburn

The Tigers are here based on their preseason ranking. Auburn failed their only tests against Clemson and LSU. . . but I’m keeping them here because that offense’s potential is boundless. All it takes is one marquee win against Alabama or Georgia.

14. Washington

Notre Dame’s meteoric rise has claimed another minor victim. The Huskies fall one spot after their bye week, and will need to win out to have any chance at the top four.

15. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys’ offense struggled against Texas, but the defense bailed them out. A win’s a win!

16. UCF

17. USF

Memphis’ rise and USF’s struggles against Tulane mean the Golden Knights are top of the ranked AAC schools. USF can get back on track if they beat Houston in Tampa.

18. USC


That was bad.

19. Memphis

A good win in a shootout against Houston combined with some help launches Memphis up five spots. The third Tigers in the rankings can clinch a visit to the AAC title game with wins over Navy and SMU.

20. Stanford

USC’s capitulation looks bad for Stanford, victim of when Sam Darnold wasn’t throwing five interceptions per game.

21. Arizona

Here’s your surprise entry. The Wildcats are 3-0 since freshman Khalil Tate took over the starting job. Arizona will either rise upwards or fall out of the rankings, as they face Washington State and USC in consecutive weeks.

22. Washington State

Ehh Colorado’s terrible anyways.

23. Michigan State

What is Michigan State’s luck in Indiana? First the Spartans get destroyed against Notre Dame. Then they barely escape from Indiana with a 17-9 win. Huh.

24. West Virginia

Make up your mind, Will Grier. The Mountaineers look like world-beaters one week, and then do something like oh, I don’t know. . . need a fourth quarter comeback to beat lowly Baylor?

25. Michigan

The final question of the day is answered. Michigan will not fall out of my rankings yet. The loss to Penn State hurts, but did anyone expect anything else to occur? One more loss and the Wolverines are out.


Next week promises to be dramatic! Notre Dame—NC State and PSU—OSU are both at 2:30 on Saturday, and highlight the fun slate Week 9 brings. Leave a like if you enjoyed, and any feedback in the comments.  Adios!