It’s been another wild weekend in college football (aren’t they all wild? Isn’t that why we’re here?), So how will the college football playoff selection committee react? he at Oregon housing, the state of Michigan being lambasted by the state of Ohio and Cincinnati doing a show against SMU.
The Georgia and Alabama heavyweights took care of the business, while Notre Dame reappeared as a playoff contender with a 55-0 win over Georgia Tech. How will the CFP ranking take place on Tuesday 23 November? Our DKNation panel predicts the playoff pitch and the top two away teams after Week 12.
Collin Sherwin, DK Nation
3. State of Ohio
I think Cincinnati finally did it and tied Gary Barta to bed during his worst nightmare. There’s just no way the Committee will let Cincinnati out of the top four this week, although they’ll be trying like hell to do so by December 5.
You can’t fault them for another weak Cincinnati performance as they whipped out a 41-0 EMS that also received votes before garbage time. Oregon has been leveled, which makes Miami fans elated that they can bring Mario Cristobal home, but devastates a committee that just wants to protect the stronghold. And despite Michigan’s wild 59-18 over Maryland, that won’t be enough to overtake the Bearcats. For the moment.
And the other problem the committee will do yoga to stretch enough to justify is that the No.6 team is the one Cincinnati beat by two scores on the road, making their display in front of UC even more difficult. But then again, the jury has shown they don’t care too much about one-on-one by putting Michigan ahead of Michigan State for the past two weeks.
So yes, Cincinnati is finally cracking up in the Top Four. But I still think they’re summarily moved somehow by December 5, and a loss “close” to Ohio State in Michigan might be enough to do that.
Chinmay Vaidya, DK Nation
3. State of Ohio
6. State of Oklahoma
If we assume that the committee won’t let a Group of 5 team make the playoffs, anyway, it doesn’t make much sense to leave Cincinnati at No.5. Michigan and Ohio. will lose “The Game”, which basically removes this team from the playoff image. The committee rejected the one-on-one argument with respect to Michigan and the state of Michigan, so there’s a chance that argument with Notre Dame and the Bearcats. I think the Irish are still out of the top six.
Putting Cincinnati at No.4 would essentially be for the committee to forgo the white flag. I don’t think that will happen until the results absolutely dictate that it does. I expect Oklahoma State to make the top six here after knocking out Texas Tech. If Georgia defeats Alabama in the SEC title game, the committee will have to raise the flag.
Nick Simon, DK Nation
2. State of Ohio
Congratulations Cincinnati. With your victory over a 7-0 EMS and Oregon bulldozed by Utah, you’ll make history as the first group-five program to make the top four in one. of these rankings. This whole process deserves all the cynicism in the world, but there’s no way the Bearcats are stiffening up here, right? LAW?!
It doesn’t really matter in the long run, but I see Alabama and Ohio shifting their positions. The Buckeyes look like the Death Star we’ve come to know and vaporized Michigan State on Saturday while the Crimson Tide had to sweat a win over a good, but not a great Arkansas team. I can see the committee showing some respect to the OSU here.