The Iowa football team has now been in the first two College Football Playoff rankings, but this week's inclusion wasn't such a certainty after the Hawkeyes fell to the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on ESPN. We still think Wazzou, even if they win out, will need a lot of help.
That was a disappointing loss for the Tigers in Baton Rouge, but they ran into a supremely-talented team.
Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. Notre Dame got them in the first game of the season, just at the right time. The loss of that game, should it have been a WVU win, might have been a difference in one or two slots in this week's rankings. Winning out, including at Ohio State, puts Jim Harbaugh's team at 12-1 with a Big Ten title. The Fighting Irish are just ahead of MI based on a head-to-head matchup, won by Notre Dame 24-17.
Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and MI jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State. Our Matt Kenerly projected the top 25 and his version has the Aggies on the outside looking in, and the Bulldogs ranked in those projections.
Listen, I know that when it comes to the bottom of the rankings, it's hard to find worthy teams, but it's much more difficult to look at this Auburn team and deem it as one of the 25 best in the country.
The weather did the Mountaineers no favor by forcing the cancellation of West Virginia's game at North Carolina State in September. Not only will that be a must win game for Oklahoma, but it also likely will set up a rematch of the same two teams the following weekend in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12 championship and the conference's prime postseason bowl spot.
"Strong offense, struggling on defense", Mullens said. Alabama stayed No. 1, Clemson is No. 2 and Notre Dame is No. 3. We're talking about a team that's 6-3, one that literally needed its athletic director to publicly go on the record Tuesday that they won't be firing their coach this season.