Keep Rolling with the #1 Seed Bama!
Alabama is the only Power 5 school that does not have a loss. Does anyone believe they SHOULDN'T be #1? I'd love to hear your argument..
Sure, you can say that the SEC may not be the strongest conferences this year or that other schools have had a tougher schedule, but Bama hasn't really even been in a close game thus far. LSU may have been their closest game, but even for that one I think we all could tell Bama was going to win fairly early in the second half. The other schools in the top 4 all have a loss AND they've been in close games that they've won. I just don't see how anyone can honestly argue with the #1 being the Crimson Tide.
Urban Meyer, Oh I Mean Ohio State, at #2
How about we take a look at their season, briefly, game by game?
- The first two weeks (Bowling Green and Tulsa), yeah those were blow outs and no comment really there.
- Third week they had Oklahoma and won 45-24. If we've learned anything about Oklahoma during their Big 12 schedule, it is that they don't really have a defense (looked a little better last week though). I wouldn't be rewarding OSU's offense for the 45 points in this game, but holding the Sooners to 24 is an impressive thing to add to their resume.
- Week four, bye week.
- Weeks five and six, again, were games they were expected to win. Rutgers was a total blowout (58-0) and Indiana was a comfortable win (38-17).
- Week seven, a 30-23 win over Wisconsin. Another impressive win to add to their resume. Winning that game put them atop the Big 10 for sure.
- Week eight, upset by Penn State. Granted this game was 24-21, it is still a loss and not a real positive note for Meyer's Buckeyes.
- Week nine, yeah if anyone can explain to me how the heck Ohio State only won 24-20 against Northwestern that would be great! I think this game should be circled and brought up in all ranking conversation for sure!
- Week ten was against Nebraska and the score does nothing to show why this performance was the way it was. OSU won 62-3, but Nebraska's QB came out with a scary (potential) injury. They weren't the same after that. So, while having a blowout over the number 10 ranked team is good, I don't think the score shows the full story.
- Week eleven was a 62-3 win over Maryland. No big story here with this one.
Their remaining games are Michigan State and Michigan, plus the potential of the Big 10 Championship. I don't like Ohio State in the #2 spot, but their strength of schedule is tougher than Michigan's, maybe that justifies it?
Is there a Harbaugh Curse?
Have y'all heard the story behind Michigan's loss to Iowa? Harbaugh was the QB during the last Michigan loss to Iowa and that same day the #2, #3, and #4 lost, just like they did this week. There was more to the story, but that was the simple version. Michigan could have, and should have, won the Iowa game. It is a huge blemish to their CFP resume, but it happened and can't go back now!
Their schedule doesn't really have any heavy hitters in it except for their OSU and Wisconsin games. They did play Colorado early in the season, I believe when Colorado was ranked, but Michigan won that game 45-28.
I guess my thought would be that Michigan got the #3 instead of #2 because of strength of schedule? -- Also, I'd love to point out that Michigan's QB is reportedly out for the season and I'm anxious to see how the rest of the year goes for them. I'm no Jim Harbaugh fan, but far from an Ohio State fan either. Guess we'll see how this all plays out!
3 Interceptions Don't Keep you in the #2 Spot..
I'm not really sure when, why, or what has caused this, but I'm kind of quietly rooting for Clemson.. I think it's Dabo and Deshaun. I just like them.
Anyways, Watson had 3 interceptions and they lost it on a late field goal. I'm trying to point out some quick stats, but they're actually shocking to me almost a week later! Watson was 52-70 with 580 yards, 3 TDs and 3 Interceptions. When I look at Peterman (Pitt) he was 22-37 with 308 yards and 5 TDs. 580 compared to 308?? 70 pass attempts?? I just don't even know what to say.
Clemson has had close games throughout the season, which is a blemish on their resume in my opinion. I'm not saying they're Tennessee and should have lost 3 more games than they have, but Clemson has definitely pulled a few questionable wins. They need to be very careful with their remaining games. One more loss, or maybe even too close of a game, could ruin their chances. Good news for them, their last two games are Wake Forrest and South Carolina. Neither of those teams are even remotely comparable to the competition present for OSU or Michigan, having to play each other to finish out their schedule PLUS a conference championship game is rough.
1. Oklahoma - As you know from a few of my other articles, my dad is an Oklahoma fan and I can just see them SOMEHOW getting their way in the CFP. I like Baker, and Westbrook is a freak to watch, so I wouldn't be too upset about it. They're #9 so they keep crawling up the ladder!
2. Louisville - I just don't think it is in the cards for them. They lost to Clemson and their schedule just isn't set up to impress a selection committee. I have nothing else because I'm not going to act like a pro with a team I have only watched once. -- UPDATE: Louisville lost to Houston tonight (11/18), their chances are gone. It does present an interesting argument for Oklahoma's strength of schedule though since their loses are against a current #2 and a preseason ranked team that knocked off the current #5..
3. I'm okay with Washington not being in. Maybe it's my indifference to the Pac-12, but I just don't feel like they are on the level the current top 4 are at. -- I especially find it hard when their fans said "We want Bama" during College GameDay.. riiiight Washington fans, keep dreaming.
As always, leave your thoughts below or email me! I'd love to hear some feedback from you all!