Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Penn State top CFP rankings

Alabama Crimson TIde head coach Nick Saban Alabama Crimson TIde head coach Nick Saban
Rhonda Reese | 10 November, 2019, 00:56

The first College Football Playoff Rankings of the season have been released. The Michigan Wolverines (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) are now ranked No. 14 in both the AP top-25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. To Clemson's benefit, the groups forward of it should do a intra-top-four battle: LSU will play Alabama on Saturday, and Penn State will go to Ohio State on October 23.

Alabama and LSU play this weekend, and Penn State and Ohio State face off later this month.

College Football Playoff rankings are in: What do they mean for the Penn State Nittany Lions?

The Buckeyes have blown out their opponents in 2019 by an average margin of 48-8. They deserve to be No. 1. Florida gave the Southeastern Conference four of the top 10 teams.

All of those aforementioned teams have a pretty low strength of schedule - especially compared to that of Florida football. If the Tigers were No. 1, then that would be fine, too.

ESPN broadcaster Jesse Palmer mentioned during the broadcast that Alabama's resume up to this point is worse than both Penn State and Clemson. Alabama was No. 3, while PSU's opponent this Saturday, unbeaten Minnesota, was slotted at No. 17. For Alabama fans, not being No. 1 might turn out to be a blessing. "If they win, they're in", Dinich said. Chances are Nick Saban knows all this.

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No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) - Unlike LSU, Alabama has had a relatively easy walk through the first eight weeks of the season, playing just one ranked team - No. 24 Texas A&M.

"I think at the end of the day, when the committee watched Alabama, what they saw is a team that's being dominant against that schedule, and that was the difference between Alabama and Penn State", Mullens said. Considering Clemson won the National Championship last season, some find it shocking they aren't cracking a berth right now.

The twelfth-year Tigers coach is a motivating teacher who can now play at the angle of disrespect for the "little ol & # 39; Clemson, quot; the rest of the season".

"They're both really, really good teams and both strong defensively". Another loss would all but eliminate the Bulldogs and could complicate the SEC's hopes of landing two teams in the final four. Based on who's receiving votes in the AP and/or Coaches Polls, it can be assumed that Texas (5-3) and Iowa State (5-3) are knocking on the door. That's why neither one of those teams should be concerned with their ranking right now.

Ohio State and Penn State will face off on November 30. That's when the real fun begins.

Over the last five years, 11 of the 20 teams to appear in the top four of the committee's initial rankings went on to reach the playoff.

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