Week 13 of the College Football Playoff Rankings.
In this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, there is not much movement at all. Comparing to week 12, numbers 4 through 12 haven’t moved coming into this week. Although, Miami and Clemson flip-flop from 2 & 3, leaving Miami at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 3. This shouldn’t be a shocker at all, considering Miami’s destruction over now No. 8 Notre Dame has the country still shocked. Although their first-half performance against Virginia could cause some controversy. However, with how they did towards the end, it makes sense to have them at No. 2. With very little happening in week 12 action, nothing has changed that is an eye-opener.
Oklahoma State’s loss had the biggest effect.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys lost a heartbreak game to the Kansas State Wildcats on November 18th, causing them to drop six spots (No. 13 to No. 19). The Wildcats went into Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, one of the toughest places to play, and upset No. 13 Oklahoma State. The game was a classic, high-scoring Big-12 game which ended in 45-40. This was the only upset on the day which, again, marked the biggest change in this week’s rankings. If this upset never had happened, then this would’ve been the least amount of changes in a rankings poll ever in the history of the Playoff rankings. With this loss, practically everyone behind them at the time ranked 13th shifted up one or two spots. This loss completely knocks Oklahoma State out of Playoff contention for 2017, which could have made a case if they somehow ended up winning the Big-12.
Alabama and Oklahoma remain No. 1 & 4
Alabama staying at No. 1 in the country should come as no surprise. With how they’ve played all season it shouldn’t be difficult having the Tide at No. 1. Although, the game against Mississippi State was a little sloppy and almost landed in the loss-column. Depending on how week 13 goes, don’t be surprised if Miami jumps to No. 1, especially on how the Tide does against the Tigers of Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.
The Oklahoma Sooners remain at the No. 4 spot in this week’s rankings. With the only loss coming from Iowa State, they look to remain in the top-4 if the Sooners finish off the week with a win. It is safe to say the Sooners have their spot in the first year of the Big-12 Championship Game being back this season. Baker Mayfield has a shot at becoming a Heisman Trophy Winner and a national champion in the same year.
Week 13 College Football Playoff Rankings: great, yet again.
The committee got the rankings right yet again as the season comes to a close with one week left. It will be interesting to see what happens on the field and how the committee will handle this very challenging season of many teams that could qualify to be in the Playoff discussion. All in all, the rankings look perfect. Nothing should be changed as of now. Let’s see what happens on the field.