Twitter reacts to Clemson's top-four Playoff ranking
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 05, 2017,
Nov 05, 2017, 0:58
With the rankings released on Tuesday night, four teams find themselves in at the moment while everyone else will be chasing them.
For Alabama football, that's when it's the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. Almost two months later that win looks a lot more impressive after seeing the way Notre Dame has dominated since the loss to Georgia. The committee put the Badgers at No. 9, which is far more reasonable given their resume. The Tide should finally face some tougher competition with three of their final four games being against now ranked teams.
ESPN's Greg McElroy took time to address the initial Playoff Rankings, and he believes the committee's work is "outstanding stuff". Both teams have wins over a ranked team, Auburn over MSU and MSU over LSU, so 49-10 is one of the biggest deciding factors here. But there is no rule to prevent it, and on a recent visit to Atlanta the playoff's executive director, Bill Hancock, said the selection committee doesn't consider conference affiliation in ranking teams.
Defending national champion Clemson got the fourth spot in the inaugural rankings, with the Tigers followed by Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin and Miami. LSU's win over Syracuse is better than anything MSU has done in the non-conference and LSU's win over Auburn is better than any win MSU has, but that's about the only two respectable wins LSU has.
Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC) debuted at No. 14 in the first CFP rankings of the season, two spots ahead its ranking in the AP poll.
The Sooners are ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 while the Cowboys are No. 11. Both will have an opportunity to move up if they continue winning.
Reminder, Notre Dame plays Wake Forest and Stanford again this November on top of unbeaten however unimpressive Miami and a Navy team that beat the Irish previous year. A Michigan State upset of Ohio State and/or a NC State upset of Clemson this weekend would be be double whammys for the Irish.
Oklahoma State started the season 3-0 before dropping a home game against TCU, which climbed to as high as No. 4 in the AP poll after the Horned Frogs won in Stillwater.
I can't say I knew MSU would be ranked because I'm obviously not on the committee, but I felt pretty good about it.
The good news is that Miami and Wisconsin have plenty of time to change that. Oklahoma State (7-1) 12. Still, it's favorable to be considered in that top four this early on into the year and every team that makes it is striving to stay there.