The CFP rankings: The Big 12 is cooked and Louisville’s sweating

Nobody could have stopped this guy. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

We could be seeing this title matchup again soon. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Observations on the first set of College Football Playoff rankings. (How’s that for a snappy lede?)

— Were I Washington, I wouldn’t worry just yet. The CFP committee — only in its third year of existence, we emphasize — places a high premium on winning a conference. (No non-titlist has made the first two editions of the field of four.) If the Huskies, who are No. 5 to Texas A&M’s No. 4, finish as undefeated Pac-12 champs, they’ll make it. Owing to their flimsy non-conference schedule, they won’t be any better than the No. 4 seed, but they’ll make it.

— The committee is as high on Florida as I am, meaning not very. The one-loss leader of the SEC East is ranked No. 11, behind two-loss Wisconsin, which nearly lost to Georgia State, and two-loss Auburn, which came within a second against LSU of being three-loss Auburn. (And LSU, even with an interim coach, is No. 13.) This not just in: The East is terrible.

— The Big 12 has no chance of putting a team in the playoff. Its highest-ranking member is Oklahoma at No. 14. The Big 12 — stop me if you’ve heard this already — is a mess. It’s adding a title game but not expanding. Texas and Oklahoma have to be making eyes toward yonder exit door.

— If there’s one very good team that should be sweating bullets, it’s Louisville. The Cardinals are No. 7 with no clear path upward. They’re third among one-loss teams, behind Texas A&M and No. 6 Ohio State. Houston’s losses to Navy and SMU have devalued that Nov. 17 game. The rest of the Louisville schedule consists of Boston College, Wake Forest and Kentucky. Even if Clemson should lose the ACC title game — there’s not much chance of it losing before then — the Tigers would make the field of four over Louisville on the strength of head-to-head.

— For all Clemson’s struggles, it’s sitting pretty. I’ll admit it: I haven’t been nearly as impressed by the 2016 Tigers as I was by last season’s crew, but they’re nonetheless unbeaten. If they stay that way (and they should), they’ll be a lock for No. 2 seed and again miss Alabama in the semis.

— The Big Ten will get one team in the playoff. The winner of Michigan-Ohio State will make it. If that winner should be upset in the Big Ten title game, Texas A&M will be tickled pink and Jim Delaney will have a cow.

— Alabama fans might want to book a Peachtree Street condominium for the month of December. The Tide will surely be here for the SEC championship game on Dec. 3, and Bama figures to be back for the Peach Bowl semifinal on New Year’s Eve.

— As for Alabama’s opponent in the SEC title tilt: Anybody up for a Bama-Kentucky rematch? The first meeting ended 34-6, but the Dome, as we know, has long been the beating heart of Catlanta. (Though that game might be the second-biggest on UK’s athletic calendar for Dec. 3. The basketball team plays UCLA at Rupp Arena — also on CBS!)

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MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

The funny thing is a mere 6 weeks ago the Doggie Fans thought they should be in the playoff conversation.  

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

And tech fans still think they will beat UGA and contend for the coastal.

Got a point?

JenkinsFamily
JenkinsFamily

You southern guys sure like to beat up the Big 12...who has four teams between 14 - 20 in the Playoff rankings.


If Baylor or West Virginia finish 11-1 the Big 12 isn't mathematically eliminated. Because no one can predict what will happen in the next five weeks.


BTW - look at the ACC and Pac12 in the rankings. POOR.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Poor? We have 5 teams overall and should have two in the top 5.

GTBob
GTBob

Alabama has already won this thing but I guess its fun to speculate on the others. Not a chance in the world that Texas A&M gets into the playoffs barring a complete collapse of everyone else. It is looking like Bama, Clemson, Washington, and the winner of Ohio St/Michigan.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I thought the same thing. Throw a tuuuurrrd in the punchbowl.

Aikendawg
Aikendawg

@GTBob  Sets up for an Auburn stinker to make life fair, again.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTBob: "Alabama has already won this thing . . . ."

_________________

But you said Bama's a "has been" football program.

Hello?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Anyone know what happens when a Mullen and a Herman leave a crier?

CHEST PAINS! Fraud!

Big Wally
Big Wally

If Michigan beats Blowhio State, look for the criminal coach Meyer to start developing fake chest pains "again".

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

They are "young", "criminal", and worst of all "Tom Hermanless"!

Big crier can't win without Tom/Mullen. Hahaha

TOJacket
TOJacket

They remain somewhere between mediocre and insignificant.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

How does it feel to lose consistently to a team that's " somewhere between mediocre and insignificant."?!

When will you have the integrity to answer that question?

Mulk
Mulk

@DawgNole @TOJacket I can't speak for TO but I personally can't stand it. But, whenever Tech does beat UGAG, it sure is a good feeling. Even when they are no where near what a lot of their fans think.


I do think that UGAG beats Tech so often that their fans don't appreciate the wins. You know, a lot like the Gators feel when they beat UGAG. The guy that only gets sex every five years or so enjoys it a lot more than the guy that gets it often. But, I would sell my sole to the devil for a 1-11 season for the next 50 years if that one win was over UGAG.

salsaman
salsaman

@Aikendawg @bigmacondawg You are going to have a bad end to the season as the Gators take one game at a time and win out while your over rated buttlickres lose again.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

So I pretty much agree with everything you said ... well thats no fun.

Techfan-inhiding
Techfan-inhiding

Couldn't have said it better Lex. I pointed out his disturbed behavior last week.

Elevator does not go all the way up with that child. Has to be about 15 years old.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

I like it. "Child" "15". Hahaha

What he does comprehend is 13 of 15! Hahaha

TOJacket
TOJacket

Techfanincloset is a Mutt troll

Big Wally
Big Wally

TOHIO;  actually a Tech fan who has a clue, unlike you.

DawginLex
DawginLex

OHIO needs to get a life. What a loser, moron and creepy idiot all combined into one sick human being. No one with a stable mind blogs his same crapola day after day. You need help son. And I'm being dead serious.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Congratulations sport. Did y'all get a nice trophy?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Have you read any of 12/13 or wallys?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Beyond help. Dawg butt hurt is too strong for he and his sidekick tonTO

TOJacket
TOJacket

Whose butt hurt about the dawgs? I'm loving watching y'all right now. You suck.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TOJacket Not my fault you have to go get someone to read my posts for you because they are all over your head.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

"Who's," idiot!

A two-line post and you can't get it right--again.

Go ahead and blame your phone again for your stunning ignorance.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Florida getting dissed.


The Gators need to make a statement, or two.

TOJacket
TOJacket

They certainly didn't look great against the dawgs.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Look at their schedule; who have the gators played this year that's worth a damn?!

Guess that's why tampongator's still in hiding.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Hey Wally the lone bucky and his sidekick tonTO are here butt hurtin all over the blog.

When UNC rolls tech this weekend going to be some rage from those two queens.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Like Duke did last weekend Francis? Did your mama have any children that lived?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

You won by 3 over a 3-5 team. Congrats

UNC is going to destroy you.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@twelveofthirteen The TOHIO marriage has had some rocky moments lately, but they are back together, as strong as ever.