Now sitting at No. 6 in the second week of the College Football Playoff rankings, Lincoln Riley and the Sooners (8-1, 5-1) still have all their season goals out in front of them, but the Playoff window is closing fast, as is the 2018 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ten ranked teams lost this weekend, four in games against other ranked teams.
That was a disappointing loss for the Tigers in Baton Rouge, but they ran into a supremely-talented team.
The first College Football Playoff poll featured just one Mountain West team in Fresno State, whereas Utah State was arguably the biggest snub with its then 7-1 record and there was a trio of teams ranked with three losses.
One of the Week 11 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 1 Alabama (-23.5) continues to not only win, but also surpass oddsmakers' expectations, as it covers against No. 18 Mississippi State. If Penn State and Michigan State both manage to fall one more time this season, the Iowa Hawkeyes would be the third highest ranked team in the CFP rankings leaving them a potentially clear shot at playing in the Citrus Bowl.
The Irish finish with three winnable games, but no locks. Notre Dame 4. MI 5.
We think it is a rebuttable presumption and MI should be ranked ahead of Notre Dame.
All those ranked teams losing propelled a few teams to new heights in the Top 25.
As the calendar for the college football world turned to November last week, the teams still in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff watched as we had our first rankings to show where the teams stand in the eyes of the "completely objective" committee tasked with picking the best SEC... From the very start of the season, just about everybody associated with college football predicted Alabama and Georgia would meet in the SEC title game, a rematch of last season's national championship game. Oklahoma is No. 6 followed by LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. Boston College could be tricky this weekend, but Clemson is a heavy favorite and is likely to remain unbeaten.
If the season ended Tuesday, Alabama and MI would meet in the Cotton Bowl, and Clemson and Notre Dame would play in the Orange Bowl.
Georgia Bulldogs - UGa did look good when they went on the road and beat a top 10 Kentucky team last weekend, but that blowout loss to LSU now looks even worse.