It’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that the Playoff rankings will get shook up from week to week. Teams don’t need to panic. Just take care your business and everything will pan out. TCU and Michigan State have pretty much taken themselves out of the running both teams losing this weekend. Unless the improbable happens, which basically means the teams at the top have to lose. They are the reason for why those teams have lost, TCU and Michigan State probably won’t recover.
TCU has a better chance considering the rest of their schedule. If they can win out the rest of their games and Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State loses they will be in the running. In addition they will need some other teams to lose, so they really would need some help.
This is how I see the top four and the first two out for this week:
- Clemson Tigers – Clemson proved to be very legit. They took down the team that has been their nemesis for the past three seasons and division champs in Florida State. Deshaun Watson showed that he can lead this team through adversity, maintaining poise when things for his team weren’t going right. The defense can shut you down when they need to. Delvin Cook ran amuck in the first half, but in the second half you didn’t see many of the big plays because the defense found a way to contain him.
- Ohio State Buckeyes – The Buckeyes just keep winning, despite the off the field issues of quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Buckeyes went back to their beginning of the year starter Cardale Jones, and the defense and running back Ezekiel Elliott took up the slack to knock off Minnesota and remain unbeaten.
- Alabama Crimson Tide – Even with one loss, the Crimson Tide are one of the most dangerous teams to face in the top four. They have a bruising downhill running back in Derrick Henry. A quarterback who is gaining a lot of confidence since becoming the official starter in Jacob Coker and an offensive line that can dominate you. Throw in a dynamic freshman receiver in Calvin Ridley who is filling the void of Amarie Cooper and you have a very dangerous team. The defense was on full display against LSU and they played lights out against Leonard Fournette who is leading the NCAA in rushing. Shutting down the Heisman front-runner by holding him to only 31-yards rushing. They look like the Alabama defense that was so dominant in the championship years.
- Baylor Bears – Not a lot of credit is being given to what the Bears accomplished in Manhattan, Kansas Thursday night. Since Kansas State isn’t ranked, pundits think they are a cupcake team that Baylor beat, so they don’t deserve to be in the top four. Baylor lost their starting quarterback to injury and was replaced by a true freshman Jarrett Stidham who managed to throw for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Defense will be tested this weekend against Oklahoma, but as of right now they deserve to be in the running.
People have to remember that Kansas State kept it close against TCU and had Trevon Boykin contained for 3 and half quarters, so they are a formidable opponent. Don’t get Kansas State confused with Kansas. Oklahoma State played lights out against a very good undefeated TCU team that was in the conversation for being in the top 4. So they also deserve consideration. In a situation like this it is all perception, but there Is a lot of football left and more teams will fall, especially in the Big 12.