College Football Playoff: Oregon at No. 4, Alabama, TCU Left Out


We have a new Top 4! How exciting this is! Doesn’t it just seem like your whole life is different now?

Of course not, but this is still interesting. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee kept three of the same teams in the Top 4 from last week: Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn. Oregon moved into the No. 4 spot in place of Ole Miss.

And speaking of Ole Miss, what a raw deal they got! The Rebels fell to No. 11 in the rankings after a broken leg tackle cost them the game against the Tigers on Saturday. That’s probably the biggest snub. But there are a few other surprises.

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We are still baffled by the notion that the committee has Oregon ahead of Alabama or any of the 1-loss Big 12 teams right now. And we also can’t see why Kansas State wouldn’t be the top Big 12 team. But nonetheless, the Big 12 is at least getting respect with those two teams in the Top 10.

And it’s probably getting more respect than it should, with Oklahoma ranked ahead of LSU. That is one that makes absolutely no sense given that they both have 2 losses but LSU has much more impressive wins. And more impressive losses.

There’s also still no love for Notre Dame.

One thing they surprised us with is not putting any Group of Five team in the Top 25. East Carolina fell out after its loss, and despite being undefeated, the Marshall Thundering Herd are still getting no love. We can’t say we disagree with them, but we put Marshall in our Top 25 just because getting to November is undefeated regardless of who you play. But that’s not saying much with them.

So Here is the second ever College Football Playoff Top 25 revealed by the 12-member Selection Committee Tuesday night.

1. Mississippi State Bulldogs

2. Florida State Seminoles

3. Auburn Tigers

4. Oregon Ducks

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

6. TCU Horned Frogs

7. Kansas State Wildcats

8. Michigan State Spartans

9. Arizona State Sun Devils

10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

11. Ole Miss Rebels

12. Baylor Bears

13. Nebraska Cornhuskers

14. Ohio State Buckeyes

15. Oklahoma Sooners

16. LSU Tigers

17. Utah Utes

18. UCLA Bruins

19. Arizona Wildcats

20. Georgia Bulldogs

21. Clemson Tigers

22. Duke Blue Devils

23. West Virginia Mountaineers

24. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

25. Wisconsin Badgers

Obviously, there’s no reason to overreact. A lot of these teams play each other, so the rankings will change as time goes on. What we can say right now with confidence is that Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, Oregon, and Alabama are the only five teams who truly control their own destiny of a College Football Playoff berth based on the Selection Committee’s rankings.

But there are plenty of other teams that likely still have a chance.