Seven Weeks In, CFP Picture Still Outta Focus
Seven weeks are in the NCAA's books, and we're still no closer to visualizing a Final Four than we we were back in September.
The crazy Michigan State-Michigan result is yet another example of showing that records shouldn't be the determining factor for the CFP's Anointed Four.
There's something to be said about hanging around on the road against a heated rival, but convincing candidate isn't it.
Impressively, Harbaugh may have been channeling this:
But after all sharp objects were removed from the press room, the media only got this:
Well played, sir. No need to do much else with the horses already out of the barn.
Ohio State remains the polling community's No 1, even though they often struggle and have quarterback issues. As to the latter, JT Barrett will no doubt get the call over Cardale Jones next week, as the Buckeyes now enter the stretch with a 7-0 record.
Baylor and TCU are still unbeaten but cannot be taken seriously until they start playing champioinship defense.
Both teams have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on the schedule before facing off against each other, so this may not become the undefeated late November matchup everyone has anticipated.
Yesiree, this mix has got a stealth team.
A road test against Alabama looms ahead in what may be a elimination game for both.
Clemson was lucky to beat Notre Dame at home, thanks to Irish coach Brian Kelly, and their schedule is laughable. The Tigers and Florida State will square off in two weeks for the ACC Atlantic Division title and a possible spot in the CFP bracket.
The 'Noles also play a weak schedule, but they keep winning and hope to keep moving up in the rankings.
Michigan State should get a half a win after Michigan gift-wrapped them a victory. The Spartans have sputtered all year but could well be playing for a national championship if they beat Ohio State on the road in late November. For this to happen, QB Connor Cook must play better and their luck will have to hold out.
Iowa and Oklahoma State are longshots to play on New Year's Eve, but they control their own fates. The Hawkeyes' toughest remaining game looks to be Nebraska, but if ever a team was ripe for an upset before that, they're it. As for the Cowboys, beating TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma in a four-week span would all but seal the deal.
So would a visit from their fairy grandmother.
Hell to pay if that happens, dudes.
One loss teams that still have a shot are:
- Alabama, who lost to Mississippi at home,
- Stanford, who somehow lost to Northwestern on opening weekend,
- Notre Dame, who lost to Clemson on the road after outplaying them, and
- Oklahoma, who wet the Red Riverbed against Texas.
Just one person's pick for the College Playoff from a late October perspective: Ohio State, Alabama, Stanford, and Baylor, who finds a way to sneak through and beat TCU as their only gigantic win.
Of course, that's a moving target, and most likely will be for the remainder of the season.