College Football Playoff rankings: What’s right and wrong

College Football Playoffs are heating up as Alabama leads way above two ACC squads, Buckeyes



WSU’s 2018 Alamo Bowl opponent Iowa State is ranked ninth in CFP rankings.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

The College Football Playoff Committee released its rankings for the second week in a row, and the biggest headlines coming out of the reveal are the top seven teams remaining the same top seven.

I am surprised No. 13 Brigham Young University is ranked so low while being one of the few undefeated teams with more than six wins.

I’m also confused as to why No. 17 North Carolina went up two spots, but yet losing to No. 2 Notre Dame at home.

The representation from Group of Five conferences is evident, with six teams filling out the top 25 after this week.

As it comes to the top four teams, I’ll tell you what is right and what is wrong with the top four teams ranked in the latest CFP rankings.

Who’s in and who’s out; what is right:

No. 1 Alabama should still be at the top; they proved as to why the Crimson Tide is not to be messed with in another Iron Bowl victory. Alabama beat down Auburn 42-13 at home and looked great on both sides of the ball. They are the best team in the country, on both sides of the ball, and even with the tests they’ve had throughout the season, Alabama looks more and more impressive each week.

Notre Dame should still be ahead of No. 3 Clemson, even though some people believe Clemson should and will rise over the Fighting Irish in the presumed ACC Championship game. Notre Dame looks to be one of the best contenders to Alabama, and they proved so in an impressive 31-17 win against UNC this weekend. However, the true test for them is playing Clemson with Trevor Lawrence back at the quarterback position.

Who’s in and who’s out; what is wrong:

I’m not saying this is wrong in any way, but I would keep my eye on No. 4 Ohio State, and if they’re deemed eligible with the amount of COVID concerns the school has faced in recent weeks. The Buckeyes’ last game against Illinois was canceled because Ohio State didn’t have enough scholarship players, and if they cannot play their last two games, they won’t be eligible for the Big Ten Championship, also known as their “saving grace” to make the CFP.

Say Ohio State is deemed ineligible, who’s a suitable replacement? No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Florida, or No. 7 Cincinnati? I’m saying Florida. Kyle Trask is playing like the Heisman is in his backyard right now, and the team morale seems to be higher when Trask is playing this way. No disrespect to the Aggies or Wildcats, but, if I had to pick what team should be in the CFP instead of Ohio State, I’m going with Florida every time.

Games of the week:

No. 25 Louisiana plays Appalachian State at 5:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN

No. 5 Texas A&M faces Auburn at 9 a.m. Saturday on ESPN

No. 18 Coastal Carolina hosts Liberty at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU

No. 9 Iowa State plays West Virginia at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN

No. 12 Indiana faces No. 16 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC