Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Top 5 doesn't change in second edition of College Football Playoff rankings

Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd ready before the Hurricane Walk in advance of UM-Virginia Tech Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd ready before the Hurricane Walk in advance of UM-Virginia Tech
Spencer Simpson | 09 November, 2017, 00:41

In 2015 the Irish debuted at No. 5 and moved into the top 4, but unimpressive wins against Wake Forest (28-7) and Boston College (19-16), both of whom finished 3-9, dropped them to No. 6 before losing the regular season finale at Stanford (36-35) on the game's final play to finish the regular season 10-2.

That's a possibility college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed during the College Football Playoff rankings show on ESPN.

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are the best three-loss teams in the rankings, released on Tuesday evening. After those five teams, however, things got a little interesting.

The only competition to unseat Georgia was Alabama, which defeated LSU 24-10. Oklahoma and TCU are the next two with Miami, Wisconsin, Washington and Auburn completing the top 10.

No change in the top four after that group takes care of business over this past weekend.

The highest-ranked team not from a major conference is Central Florida at No. 18. Oklahoma State, which fell to Oklahoma in Week 10, is at No. 15. Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma and TCU rounded out the top six.

"Guys, collectively, aren't really focusing on that", Davis said.

What helps the Sooners and the Horned Frogs' cases to make the playoff, assuming that they meet again in the Big 12 Championship Game, is that the Selection Committee still respects the teams these two Big 12 frontrunners have played. How could you not appreciate the coaching job Matt Campbell is doing in Ames? The Hurricanes will be in the top five next week with a win on Saturday.

Especially, how far will #9 Wisconsin climb after losses by Big Ten stablemates #6 Ohio State and #7 Penn State and #8 Texas Christian's decisive but unspectacular home win over Texas?

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