The college football action in Week 12 featured a wild slate with every single of the best 4 teams in the nation struggling to choose up wins. Did that shake up this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings? Not seriously. The best 4 remained the exact same with Georgia at No. 1, Ohio State at No. two, Michigan at No. three and TCU in at No. four just after its stroll-off win more than Baylor.
There was a shakeup behind the teams ranked in the best 4, nonetheless. Amongst the most notable movement was Tennessee falling from No. five to No. ten just after a blowout loss to unranked South Carolina and North Carolina dropping from 13 to No. 17 just after losing to Georgia Tech.
So which teams in the updated College Football Playoff Rankings are overrated and underrated as we enter the final weekend of the typical season? Let’s have a appear.
The two-loss Crimson Tide chimed in at No. 7, one particular spot ahead of one particular-loss Clemson and 3 spots ahead of a Tennessee group with the exact same record that it lost to in October. Why? Simply because of recency bias and the truth that Tennessee just got smoked by unranked South Carolina? That is not a affordable excuse.
Alabama struggled to beat Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. That is in addition to “excellent losses” to No. five LSU and No. ten Tennessee, which CFP choice committee chair Boo Corrigan referenced on the broadcast. “Game handle” is a metric that is generally cited by the committee, and Alabama has struggled to handle many games this year even in wins. The Crimson Tide are No. 7 due to the fact of brand recognition — nothing at all a lot more and nothing at all much less.
The Trojans have wins at No. 21 Oregon State and at No. 18 UCLA, the latter of which came in Week 12. Its one particular loss was a wild one particular-point defeat on the road to No. 14 Utah. Why, precisely, is it behind two-loss LSU? It appears like it really is either a lot more of a nod to the SEC or, conversely, a penalty to the Pac-12.
The Tigers have two losses: a Week 1 loss to No. 16 Florida State and a blowout loss at dwelling to No. ten Tennessee. Their signature wins are more than No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss. These are strong victories, but are they that significantly much better than what USC has posted? No. USC ought to be rewarded for its ten wins, not penalized due to conference perception regardless of obtaining a much better resume than a group above it.
The two-loss Ducks have been ranked at No. 9 just after a 20-17 win more than Utah, which, never get me incorrect, is a excellent win. Even so, they are two weeks removed from a dwelling loss to No. 13 Washington that broke a 23-game dwelling winning streak at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon is acquiring the advantage of the doubt due to the fact it has a “excellent” loss to best-ranked Georgia in Week 1, even even though it was a 49-three blowout in which the Dawgs could have place up 70 if they wanted. The point differential is supposed to matter … at least a small bit. It appears like Oregon is getting rewarded for merely playing Georgia in Atlanta rather than what it basically did on the field in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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The 13th-ranked Huskies in the “underrated” section goes hand-in-hand with Oregon getting listed as “overrated.” Washington defeated Oregon on the road and has a win more than No. 21 Oregon State. That has to matter. The passing attack led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one particular of the most dynamic in the nation, and coach Kalen DeBoer has resurrected a when-proud plan into a contender in just one particular season.
Washington lost at UCLA, a group that Oregon defeated. It also has an inexplicable loss to Arizona State, which clearly resonated inside the confines of the meeting area a lot more than the head-to-head win the Huskies have more than the Ducks. If all points are equal, or at least close to equal, the head-to-head outcome has to matter. Washington is close sufficient from a resume standpoint to deserve a greater ranking than Oregon.