It is possible that the Big 12 could be shutout of the Top 4 spots this season in the rankings, not because the conference doesn’t have a Championship game, but because the top teams beat up on each other. Oklahoma has been the most consistent of the Top 4 teams in the Big 12 (Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State). Oklahoma has won against both Baylor and TCU, but question marks linger over their head because they won against backup quarterbacks.
With the loss to Michigan State at home against a backup quarterback the Buckeyes will find themselves of the discussion this week and most likely losing their chance to get back up in the Top 4. The Buckeyes fate lies in the hands of Michigan State and Iowa misfortunate in the upcoming weeks.
This is how I see the Top 4 and the first two out for this week:
- Clemson Tigers – Clemson has been consistent all season and Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to an undefeated start. They should cruise by their rival South Carolina this Saturday.
- Alabama Crimson Tide – the toughest team with the strongest strength of schedule so far this season. After the loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has dominated the opposition with an average margin of victory 23.4 ppg.
- Iowa Hawkeyes – flying under the radar the Hawkeyes have just been winning and winning. Even though they’re in a tough conference the West Division in the Big Ten isn’t anywhere near elite and strong at the top like the East, so not a lot of attention was brought the Hawkeyes way.
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Consistency has been the key for the Irish. Despite an early season loss against the No. 1 team in the country right now Clemson on the road the Irish has found a way to pull out wins all the way through.
The College Football Playoff Committee has some interesting decisions to make in the next coming weeks with the Oklahoma Sooners and Michigan State Spartans who each have one loss hot on the trial of getting in the Top 4. There are a lot of “If’s and when’s” that are circulating that 4th spot.