College football fans were eagerly awaiting the release of the new version of the college football playoff poll last night. We knew things were going to get shaken up after Georgia’s loss to Auburn and Miami’s beat down over Notre Dame, but just how much was the question.
And of course another big question on everyone’s mind was where would Miami be ranked after said beatdown. Could they catapult to number 1 over Alabama? After all, ‘Bama needed a last second touchdown to beat Mississippi St on Saturday night. How much would the committee look into style points coming out of that game?
These questions were answered just after 9pm last night, but the answers left some asking even more questions.
The standings are as follows: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Miami, 4. Oklahoma. And the first two out, 5. Wisconsin and 6. Auburn. Georgia dropped from number 1 all the way down to 7 after their blowout loss to Auburn this past Saturday and Notre Dame fell from 3 to 8 after their loss to the Canes. Rounding out the top 10 are Ohio St and Penn St.
Of course Canes fans can rejoice in being ranked in the top 4 of the college football playoff for the first time ever, but that question still lingers…why not number 2? What makes a 1 loss Clemson team better than Miami at this point in the season. Well according to the playoff committee, they felt Clemson should be ranked ahead of Miami at this point because the Canes don’t have impressive road wins like Clemson does. So just for comparisons sake, the Tigers have won at NC State, VTech, and at Louisville earlier this season, while the Canes have won at Duke, FSU, and North Carolina. So going by that logic completely dismisses the fact that Miami beat a Syracuse team that gave Clemson its only loss of the season. No matter though, that’s not important apparently.
Now, we can gripe and complain, and maybe rightfully so. But the fact remains, this will all play its self out in time considering that Miami and Clemson will play each other for the ACC title on December 2nd.
Overall, there is a lot that could still change in these last few weeks of the season. Oklahoma still has to play in the big 12 title game likely against TCU. Alabama plays at Auburn to finish out the regular season and then still has to play in the SEC title game against Georgia if they win.
So for now, you can feel a little disrespected as a Canes fan with the current ranking, but the season is far from over, a lot can still happen. No matter what, win and your in.
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