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College Football Playoff Rankings Week 14: Oklahoma, Baylor Both Move into Top 10

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The latest College Football Playoff rankings are out as there was some movement for the Big 12 Conference.

The Oklahoma Sooners jumped two spots to No. 7 after their win over TCU this past weekend. Meantime, Baylor dominated Texas and jumped five places to No. 9. Meantime, Oklahoma State remained at No. 21 this week and Iowa State, who had a close win over Kansas, fell one to No. 23.

Around the country, Ohio State leaped over LSU for the No. 1 spot. The other big mover was Oregon, falling eight spots to No. 14 after the loss to Arizona State.

 

College Football Playoff Rankings Week 14

  1. Ohio State (11-0)
  2. LSU (11-0)
  3. Clemson (11-0)
  4. Georgia (10-1)
  5. Alabama (10-1)
  6. Utah (10-1)
  7. Oklahoma (10-1)
  8. Minnesota (10-1)
  9. Baylor (10-1)
  10. Penn State (9-2)
  11. Florida (9-2)
  12. Wisconsin (9-2)
  13. Michigan (9-2)
  14. Oregon (9-2)
  15. Auburn (8-3)
  16. Notre Dame (9-2)
  17. Iowa (8-3)
  18. Memphis (10-1)
  19. Cincinnati (10-1)
  20. Boise State (10-1)
  21. Oklahoma State (8-3)
  22. USC (8-4)
  23. Iowa State (8-4)
  24. Virginia Tech (8-3)
  25. Appalachian State (10-1)

A few thoughts on the rankings (and I’ll have much more in this week’s podcast, so go subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts): Oklahoma moving up two is more than appropriate. Baylor gets a big jump five spots, which is long overdue, and funny how it took having to dominate Texas to make that happen.

It still feels like the committee is dying to put in a second SEC team. Alabama is sitting there at No. 5 with zero wins over currently ranked teams. But they pass an eye test? I guess? It’s mind-boggling to me. Why even play the games if it’s just about eye tests?

Then there is Utah, who also has zero ranked wins over teams inside the Top 25. Of those three teams, Oklahoma has the best win (top 10 road game vs. Baylor) and Alabama has the best loss (vs. LSU). So there is no reason to have Utah ranked ahead of either of them, yet they are ahead of Oklahoma. Why?

It’s nice to see Baylor getting some more love moving into the top 10. The Bears should have a case here moving forward. I don’t mind where Baylor is right now. Yes they are behind Minnesota, who they have a better loss than (Oklahoma vs. Iowa), but Minnesota has the better win (vs. Penn State). Granted, Baylor has Top 25 wins vs. Oklahoma State and Iowa State. But I’m not sweating this one because Minnesota plays Wisconsin for the Big Ten West title this weekend so that one will figure itself out.

The Big 12 still has a real shot at the College Football Playoff, but they will need some help along the way. LSU vs. Georgia will figure itself out in the SEC title game, and if LSU loses, I think they’re out. What it could come down to is a one-loss Big 12 Champ vs. a one-loss Utah Pac-12 champ and a one-loss non-conference champion Alabama.

But plenty still needs to happen before we get there.

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