College Football Weekend Review

Going into Tuesday night's release of the current College Football Playoff rankings, I don’t look for much change in the top four schools, even if their order does change. Last week’s #1, Clemson, had a tough game with Syracuse but still won by a score of 37 – 27. #2 Alabama could overtake the Tigers based on their convincing 31 – 6 win over #17 Mississippi State. Number three Ohio State should stay right where they are based on their 28 – 3 win over Illinois. The same can be said for #4 Notre Dame, who easily beat Wake Forest by a score of 28 – 7. There are many in the media who are pushing for Oklahoma to jump Notre Dame into the four spot. Oklahoma, who was rated #12 last week, isn’t going to make an eight spot jump in the rankings. Why? Because the Big 12 is not a strong conference, and Oklahoma’s loss was to a very poor Texas team. I wrote last week, that for the second consecutive year, the Big 12 will not make it into the Playoff. After the games of this past weekend, I feel even stronger about that. The four strong teams in the Big 12 all play each other this month. What was a bunch of undefeated teams will be a bunch of one and two loss teams in another two weeks. What really hurts the Big 12 is their out of conference schedules. Most of the top Big 12 teams play very weak out of conference opponents. Add that to playing the bottom four of the conference, and the Big 12 gets killed when it comes to the rankings. Until Saturday, Baylor hadn’t played any strong teams. Playing against a fairly strong Oklahoma team at home on Saturday, they folded. In the next two weeks, they still have to play Oklahoma State and TCU, so they could easily have more than their current one loss. Oklahoma, who has looked strong in recent weeks, has to play has to play one loss TCU at home and then at Oklahoma State. While undefeated Oklahoma State has both Baylor and Oklahoma at home in their two remaining games, they looked very vulnerable in their close win at Iowa State on Friday. While there is an outside chance that Oklahoma or Oklahoma State could make the playoff, they need one of the current top four and Iowa to falter down the stretch for that to happen. Iowa still has to play Purdue and Nebraska before the Big Ten Championship game. Purdue should be an easy win for the Hawkeyes, but with the Nebraska game being on the road, anything can happen. With Iowa playing a weak schedule, they have to win the Big Ten Championship in order to get in the playoff. Ohio State, currently ranked #3, has two tough games remaining in the regular season. They are home to Michigan State this week and have to travel to Michigan the following week. Neither game is a certain win, so they will fall out of the top four with a loss. Notre Dame plays at Boston College this week in a game they should win. The important game for them is at Stanford the following week. If the Irish win their remaining two games, they will be in the playoff. Clemson has already won the ACC Atlantic Division, so they just need to win the ACC outright to earn their spot in the playoff. Like the rest of the teams in the top five or six, a loss will be very costly. Alabama looks like they are in the SEC Championship game unless they somehow falter to a weak Auburn team in their regular season finale. They will play Florida for the SEC Championship game. Florida, even though they have clinched the SEC East, still has a tough game with Florida State on November 28th. A loss to FSU will kill any chances of Florida making the playoff. As it stands now, they have to win the SEC to get in. With two weeks left in the regular season and then Championship weekend, anything can happen, but right now, I feel the top four will remain the same going into the Playoff. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

Upcoming Games

Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis +3 -115

Tennessee -3 -115

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +7.5 -107

Kansas City -7.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Washington +7 -102

Buffalo -7 -102

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Chicago +8.5 -107

Cleveland -8.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -107

NY Giants -2.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +6.5 -107

Pittsburgh -6.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Baltimore -7.5 -110

Detroit +7.5 -110

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans +3 -110

New England -3 -110

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -6 -110

Jacksonville +6 -110

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Sep 26th, 4:05 PM

Miami +1 -107

Las Vegas -1 -107

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Sep 26th, 4:05 PM

NY Jets +7.5 -107

Denver -7.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 4:25 PM

Tampa Bay +2.5 -110

LA Rams -2.5 -110

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Sep 26th, 4:25 PM

Seattle -2.5 -107

Minnesota +2.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 8:20 PM

Green Bay +3 -107

San Francisco -3 -107

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Sep 27th, 8:15 PM

Philadelphia +3.5 -110

Dallas -3.5 -110

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Sep 30th, 8:20 PM

Jacksonville +0.5 -116

Cincinnati -0.5 -116

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Detroit +6 -110

Chicago -6 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Carolina +5.5 -110

Dallas -5.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

NY Giants +6.5 -110

New Orleans -6.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -1 -110

Minnesota +1 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Houston +16.5 -110

Buffalo -16.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Tennessee -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Kansas City -6.5 -110

Philadelphia +6.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis +2.5 -110

Miami -2.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 1:00 PM

Washington -1 -110

Atlanta +1 -110

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Oct 3rd, 4:05 PM

Seattle +3.5 -110

San Francisco -3.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 4:05 PM

Arizona +6 -110

LA Rams -6 -110

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Oct 3rd, 4:25 PM

Baltimore -1.5 -110

Denver +1.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 4:25 PM

Pittsburgh +6.5 -110

Green Bay -6.5 -110

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Oct 3rd, 8:20 PM

Tampa Bay -3.5 -123

New England +3.5 -123

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