The month of November brings many things in the world of college sports. College football is in full swing, the start of college basketball begins and then of course we get the College Football Playoff rankings every Tuesday night.
There have been plenty of head scratching moments from the playoff committee on a weekly basis so I thought it would be fun to share my three thoughts on this week’s playoff rankings.
1. Just Win, TCU
After cracking the Top Four last week, TCU remains in the top four after beating a ranked Texas team on the road this past weekend. The Horned Frogs moved to 10-0 after their big win Austin and look to finish the season undefeated. The Frogs already have clinched a spot in the Big 12 championship game, but they can’t lose before they get to Arlington. If TCU slips up in the next two weeks or even in the Big 12 title game, they will not be in the College Football Playoff. No Big 12 team outside of Texas or Oklahoma will get in with one loss. TCU has been screwed before, but if they can stay unbeaten after championship weekend then they will be in. It’s been three years since the Big 12 has had a team in the playoff and TCU has a chance to be the first Big 12 team not named Oklahoma to make the Final Four.
2. Kansas State Cracks the Top 15
Kanas State was ranked 19th last weekend, even with three losses. In fact, they were the second highest ranked three loss team in the entire country only behind Texas. Now with Texas out of the Top 25, the Wildcats are now the highest ranked three loss team in the country. Surprisingly, they are even ranked ahead of a three loss Notre Dame team. I know how good this Kansas State team is, but it still shocks me that the committee actually shows them some respect. This team just got done beating Baylor on the road by four touchdowns and are getting hot at the right time. If Kansas State makes the switch from Adrian Martinez to Will Howard at quarterback, then this team is very capable of beating TCU for a Big 12 title in my opinion.
3. Oklahoma State Sneaks In
After getting blown out by both teams in the state of Kansas, Oklahoma State fell out of the Top 25 last Tuesday. Obviously, injuries have been an issue for the Cowboys over the last few weeks as the play on the field has gone down. The main issue for this team has been the health of quarterback Spencer Sanders. Without him, Oklahoma State is a completely different team which is why they lost to Kansas and Kansas State so badly. Fortunately for this team, Spencer Sanders is getting healthy and is ready to make a full comeback this week against Oklahoma. Spencer was able to save the day late last weekend against Iowa State and I am excited to see him back out there for four full quarters on Saturday.