We’re over halfway through the 2017 college football season and it was a wild Friday, but Saturday wasn’t as crazy with the exception of Auburn’s collapse at LSU.
Three of Outkick’s top ten lost, which shook up our top ten quite a bit.
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The Tide looked like a heavyweight champion sparring against an opponent after a night out drinking against Arkansas. There was never any suspense, but Bama didn’t really seem into the game and they still won by over 30.
Given how Auburn looked against LSU, I just don’t see anyone challenging the Tide in the SEC’s regular season.
Mizzou had some early success taking shots down the field against the Bulldog defense, but that faded after the first quarter and the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half.
Here’s the big question for you — if Georgia goes 12-0 and then loses to Alabama in the SEC title game, can you really leave them out of the playoff?
The Horned Frogs remained the only undefeated team left in the Big 12 and got a nice road win at Kansas State. Now the question is this — who will they play in a rematch in the Big 12 title game?
Oklahoma or Oklahoma State?
4. Penn State
The Nittany Lions had a bye week and look poised to whip up on Michigan, which has looked downright awful the past two weeks.
But can they win as a touchdown underdog at Ohio State in two weeks?
I have my doubts.
The Sooners got a big rivalry win, but are they really likely to go 12-1 from here on out?
And if so, can they beat TCU twice? Because they will have to do that to win the Big 12 and advance to the playoff.
For the time being I still have the Sooners ranked above Ohio State, but I feel like the Buckeyes have gotten much better since that loss and Oklahoma has regressed.
6. Ohio State
The Buckeyes look like the second best team in college football right now.
And what in the world is up with Mike Riley at Nebraska? He and Butch Jones are competing to see which head coach can be more hated by a storied program.
The Big Ten East title still looks like it will be decided on 10/28 in Columbus and I don’t know how anyone can pick against Ohio State in that game at this point.
The Hurricanes kicked a field goal on the final play of the game to remain undefeated.
And with the possible exception of the game against Notre Dame, which now looks like it could be huge, Miami will be favored in every game remaining on the schedule: Syracuse, at UNC, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia, and at Pittsburgh.
Look out for Mark Richt in year two.
The Badgers should be 10-0 when Michigan comes to town on November 11th.
But will anyone have even realized that fact?
It’s tough to get that much notice when you don’t play a top 25 team until then.
I still think Wisconsin will be 12-0 in the Big Ten title game.
I know, I know, they lost a game in November last year too. And that game was even at home. But when you lose as a three touchdown favorite I have to drop you pretty substantially in the Outkick rankings. Especially when Auburn and Louisville also lost in substantial upsets which means two of Clemson’s biggest wins don’t look as impressive wins now.
I still think the Tigers will make the playoff, but their mulligan is gone. It’s 12-1 and an ACC title or no trip to the playoff for a third straight year.
10. Notre Dame
The Irish are 5-1, having won every game by twenty points and with only one loss, by a single point to Georgia.
It’s altogether possible that the Irish, who play USC this weekend, will finish 11-1 on the season.
If so, Notre Dame could end up in the playoff picture before everything is complete.