Kirk Herbstreit taking heat on social media for latest top 6 rankings
Kirk Herbstreit released his surprising new top 6 rankings during Saturday night’s broadcast of the Penn State-Ohio State game.
The ESPN analyst had 1-loss Alabama at No. 2, with 1-loss Ohio State at No. 3. Georgia was at No. 1 and Cincinnati was at No. 4. Meanwhile, unbeaten Michigan State and Oklahoma teams were in the 5 and 6 spots.
With the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2021 season coming out on Tuesday night, it’ll be interesting to see if the committee agrees with Herbstreit’s ranking, or if it gives more weight to the undefeated teams.
As you might expect, Herbstreit having Ohio State and Alabama in his top 4 stirred up some controversy on Twitter. Here’s what some people were saying about his latest rankings:
It begins. Herbstreit has Ohio State 3 and Cincinnati 4. Bearcats are unbeaten and won at Notre Dame. OSU has a loss and its best win is by 9 at home against a Penn State team capable of losing to Illinois. Sheesh. This is why we need to expand the playoff.
— Brady McCollough (@BradyMcCollough) October 31, 2021
And Herbstreit has OSU ahead of an Oregon team that beat them https://t.co/7MDQnM9kpT
— Chris Keith (@Chris_Keith12) October 31, 2021
I tend to agree with Herbstreit on most things, but him having #OhioState at No.3 for the first CFP poll is a bit absurd. Especially after tonight.
— Sean (@Maley644) October 31, 2021
Herbstreit had a 1 loss Ohio State in over undefeated OU and Michigan State.
That guy has really lost it.
— Gordon of House Atreides (@ZofranAggie) October 31, 2021
Casting unbeaten Oklahoma out of the top 4 in favor of Alabama and Ohio State is… I need to just not watch Kirk Herbstreit, that’s the lesson
— Scott Helton (@jscotthelton) October 31, 2021
Herbstreit is such an OSU homer omg. Ranking them 3rd, ahead of three undefeated teams? Please. Who have they actually beaten before tonight?
— David (@Dont_CallMeDave) October 31, 2021
Herbie having Cincy 4 is a complete joke. What has Ohio State done? https://t.co/PGcF39hY1l
— Carson Cunningham (@Carson_OKC) October 31, 2021
— SFC Andy, Stutsman Army (@pc5408) October 31, 2021
@KirkHerbstreit winning doesn’t matter now huh?
Putting two one loss teams ahead of 3 undefeated teams, one of which beat a #6 ranked team literally today…. https://t.co/217SIBE7JT
— JP (@indy_sooner) October 31, 2021
We’ll see what happens on Tuesday night!