The College Football Playoff Rankings 2017. If we learned anything heading into Week 12, it is that we seemed destined to witness the most chaos yet when deciding the 2017 College Football Playoff.
Could one or two teams possibly make it in with two losses? What does the Big Ten’s road look like? Is the Pac-12 totally done?
These are just some of the many questions that are percolating throughout college football after the committee released the latest playoff rankings. Things could become clearer, but this last week showed that additional pandemonium is certainly possible since two of the top four teams were recently dealt blowout losses.
College Football Playoff Rankings 2017:
Current Top 25 Playoff Rankings:
8. Notre Dame
9. Ohio State
10. Penn State
13. Oklahoma State
14. Washington State
16. Mississippi State
17. Michigan State
19. NC State
25. Boise State
College Football Playoff Rankings 2017
Two-Loss Team Destined for Playoff Rankings 2017
In the three-year history of the playoff, no team with two losses has ever earned a spot. We crept toward that streak ending last season with Penn State nearly overtaking Washington for the No. 4 seed, and now it appears certain at least one squad with multiple blemishes will play for a national title.
After dismantling No. 1 Georgia last week, Auburn appears all but certain to earn a playoff spot if it can win out. By finishing 11-2, the Tigers will have beat Alabama once and Georgia twice to close out three of the last four weeks of the regular season.
Based on the way the committee seems to value quality wins over losses, especially tight road losses against ranked teams like Auburn has, the Tigers will find some way in. Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt divulged some that logic on Tuesday night, via journalist Bonnie Bernstein:
However, the two-loss debate looks like it could leave the Big 12 with the short stick.
Oklahoma, who already has one loss, moved up just one spot after knocking off fellow Top 10 squad TCU in convincing fashion. If the Sooners were to fall again, they look to most certainly be out, but if the committee is emphasizing wins, then why is that a given?
The Sooners have arguably the best resume in the nation, with their lone loss coming on the road to a good Iowa State team. Brad Crawford of 247Sports broke it down against Clemson, a team the committee had repeatedly lauded:
If more chaos ensues, Oklahoma has as strong of a case as any to still make the playoff, assuming its loss comes in the Big 12 title game.
TCU also appears to have received a raw deal with coming in at No. 12, which Big 12 Diehards’ Shehan Jeyarajah certainly noticed:
Penn State’s best win is at home against a Michigan team that was much worse than with John O’Korn at quarterback than the current Wolverines. TCU has a road win over Oklahoma State and a secondary win over West Virginia, who is on the same level as Iowa, who is Penn State’s second-best win.
If the Horned Frogs end up winning the Big 12, it seems unlikely that they can get into the playoff, unfair or not.