First week with playoff rankings is officially in the books. The committee put 3 teams from the same division in the top 4, and we saw two of them play last Saturday. Auburn went into Ole Miss and snuck a win out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. I was very disappointed at how this game ended because Ole Miss receiver, Laquon Treadwell, made a great run after the catch to the endzone, before he was pulled down from behind by Kris Frost, who also forced the fumble right before Treadwell hit the endzone. The worst part about that play is Treadwell also broke his leg, which is the reason why he fumbled, and Auburn's Cassanova McKinzy recovered it in the endzone. I felt very bad for the Rebels who lost Treadwell for the season and their playoff hopes and in one play. This was definitely a playoff game and both teams knew it.
- Florida State (8-0) LW 1, W 42-31 @ Louisville
- Mississippi State (8-0) LW 2, W 17-10 Arkansas
- Michigan State (7-1) LW 3, BYE
- Oregon (8-1) LW 4, W 45-16 Stanford
- Auburn (7-1) LW 8, W 35-31 @ #10 Ole Miss
- Alabama (7-1) LW 5, BYE
- Notre Dame (7-1) LW 7, W 49-39 @ Navy
- Kansas State (7-1) LW 9, W 48-14 Oklahoma State
- Baylor (7-1) LW 11, W 60-14 Kansas
- Ohio State (7-1) LW 12, W 55-14 Illinois
- Arizona State (7-1) LW 13, W 19-16 #19 Utah
- Nebraska (8-1) LW 14, W 35-14 Purdue
- TCU (7-1) LW 17, W 31-30 @ #22 West Virginia
- Marshall (8-0) LW 15, BYE
- Ole Miss (7-2) LW 10, L 31-35 #8 Auburn
- Georgia (6-2) LW 6, L 20-38 Florida*
- Clemson (6-2) LW 18, BYE
- Oklahoma (6-2) LW 20, W 59-14 @ Iowa State
- Duke (7-1) LW 24, W 51-48 @ Pitt
- UCLA (7-2) LW 25, W 17-7 #21 Arizona
- LSU (7-2) LW 23, BYE
- Utah (6-2) LW 19, L 16-19 @ #14 Arizona State
- ECU (6-2) LW 16, L 10-20 @ Temple
- Wisconsin (6-2) LW NR, W 37-0 @ Rutgers
- Miami (6-3) LW NR, W 47-20 North Carolina
- No changes in our top 4. Miss State and FSU both had scares this weekend but managed to finish the game out on top. Michigan State had a bye but they will have a tough challenge this upcoming Saturday when the Buckeyes come visit East Lansing. The Ducks have found their groove since losing to Arizona a month ago. They too will have a tough challenge as they visit Rice-Eccles Stadium to play Utah.
- Kansas State is steadily creeping up the rankings. A victory against TCU this weekend will surely put them in the playoff conversation.
- Georgia somehow allowed Florida to run all over them, allowing 418 yards on the ground, most they allowed since 1972. Georgia and Missouri are the only two teams in the SEC East that has an opportunity to dethrone the SEC West in the SEC Championship but both hasn't shown the consistency to believe that they are capable of doing that.
- Wisconsin and Miami both creep back into the rankings but can possibly be knocked back out in two weeks when both face higher ranked teams, Miami vs Florida State and Wisconsin vs Nebraska. Luckily for both, they'll be home.
Baller of the Weekend
RB Matt Jones, Florida - 25 carries, 192 yards, 2 TDs vs Georgia
RB Kelvin Taylor, Florida - 25 carries, 197 yards, 2 TDs vs Georgia
- QB Cody Kessler, USC - 21/32, 400 yards, 5 TDs vs Washington State
- RB Brian Hill, Wyoming - 23 carries, 281 yards, 2 TDs vs Fresno State
- WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina - 11 catches, 223 yards, 2 TDS,
Penn State and the Terps played each other for the first time since 1993 this weekend, Maryland winning 20-19, their first win over the Nittany Lions since 1961. This is the Terps second victory in the series that has been dominated by Penn State, 35-2-1. The biggest story of the game though was how the Terps' team captains refused to shake the hands of PSU's team captains during the coin toss. In the pregame warm-ups, the two squads got into a scuffle which is the reason behind this gesture by the Terps. Do I think it was wrong? Yes but I don't think it was that big of a deal. If PSU was willing to call it truths after the pregame scuffle, then UMD should have accepted. In UMD's defense though, they were trying to make a statement in a renewed rivalry. I like the tension, the refs did the right thing by flagging them for unsportsmanlike conduct, but for the rivalry, I think this was great. Can't wait for October 24th 2015 when these two play each other again.
Kirk's top 4 is probably what the committee top 4 will look like. Only question is where will they place Bama. Just because 1 team from the SEC West lost don't mean another one can't replace them. I wouldn't have a problem if the new top 4 looked like this, I just wish they would give Michigan State the respect they deserve. For some reason, no one thinks the Spartans are that good, but instead sees TCU as a top 4 squad. The only thing I can say to that is to each it's own, but we will see how good TCU is this weekend against Kansas State, Michigan State also. Here is my guess to what the committee's top 5 will look like Tuesday night:
- Mississippi State
- Florida State
Games to watch
- Texas A&M @ #5 Auburn - For some reason, I think this will be a trap game for the Tigers. Kenny Hill will still be serving his two-game suspension for violating team rules, Kyle Allen making his second start.
- #4 Oregon @ #22 Utah - Oregon should win this game easily but if the Utes can build momentum under the lights in front of a home crowd, it could be a long game for the Ducks
- #6 Alabama @ #21 LSU - I'm going to take LSU in this one. It's something about Bama this year that I'm just not feeling.
- #8 Kansas State @ #13 TCU - K-State could easily be undefeated right now, same for TCU. This is a must win game for both teams who are in the top ten.
- #10 Ohio State @ #3 Michigan State - Winner of this one will probably be the Big Ten champion when the season is over. It will be interesting to see how J.T. Barrett handles this Spartan defense.
- #7 Notre Dame @ #11 Arizona State - I still think ND will be in the 4-team playoff when its all said and done but they have to win out starting with the Sun Devils.