As we enter the final week of the regular season, the top six of the College Football Playoff Rankings remain unchanged. While the Alabama Crimson Tide appeared beatable in a single half of football, the program rattled off dominant second half against Citadel. Behind another 50-point outing, the Tide retain the top spot as one of four unbeatens.
Despite, Notre Dame’s impressive win over a ranked foe, the Fighting Irish failed to gain ground on the Clemson Tigers. Barring any kind of upset, the two juggernauts continue on a collision course once the playoff begins.
Rounding out the top four, Michigan continues to role into a rivalry meeting this weekend. Sporting the nation’s top statistical defense, the Wolverines are playing the best football of the conference. Is the Jim Harbaugh effect finally kicking in or is this a down year in the Big 10? Either way, the path could take a serious turn in the coming weeks for this team and their CFP hopes.
Sparks are about to fly as we plenty of rivalries break out across the nation. Survive and move on is the mantra of many.
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As far as the Big 12 Conference is concerned, there are growing arguments as to why the league should be left out of the playoff picture. Regardless, the committee appears set on the Oklahoma Sooners as one of the premiere teams in the country. Continuously finding a way to win, the program remains on the outside looking in. Needing a bit of help to enter the equation, it could come this weekend. We’ll have to wait and see though.
West Virginia all but eliminated themselves from contention with an unanticipated loss over the weekend. As a two loss program at this point in the season, it’s possible another defeat is dealt to WVU in the near future — whether that during the final game of the regular season or in the Big 12 Championship. Needless to say, a three loss team is not a legitimate threat to the throne.
Continuing to hold a spot in the rankings, the Texas Longhorns appear to be on a collision course for the conference crown. Needing a single win over a lower tier team to seal the fate of UT, who will await the Longhorns? However, the same applies here as Texas has been handed three losses already and will be unable to make a case for the playoff.
Rounding out the top twenty five, the Iowa State Cyclones take over as the gatekeeper. After an up and down season, Matt Campbell’s resume continues to grow. The only question here is how much longer will he stay in Ames?