Takeaways from the second College Football Playoff rankings
Election Night in America on Tuesday night resulted in a near unanimous College Football Playoff vote for the top spot according to chairman Jeff Long.
For the second straight week, the selection committee considered Mississippi State the nation’s best team, followed by Florida State and Auburn.
“We stayed pretty consistent with the way we looked at 1 and 2, Mississippi State and Florida State,” Long said to ESPN’s Rece Davis. “Auburn was a little bit behind at No. 3. But they were still a solid No. 3.”
Earlier in the day, analyst Kirk Herbstreit said Alabama was the best team in the country. The selection committee disagrees and put four teams ahead of the Crimson Tide in their second rankings.
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Quick SEC takeaways from the second CFP Top 25:
- Ole Miss may have fallen seven spots into the No. 11 spot, but it appears the committee took two close losses and strength of schedule into consideration. There’s still an Egg Bowl matchup looming at the end of the season and the Rebels do have a significant head-to-head win over Alabama this season.
- Mississippi State and Auburn, widely considered the SEC’s two best teams, are in great position at Nos. 1 and 3. The Tigers don’t have to win the conference championship to receive an at-large bid and the committee’s stance reflects that.
- The committee was impressed with Oregon and its win over Stanford, placing the Ducks over Alabama and into the top four, but the Crimson Tide have several opportunities coming up to strengthen a resume that some media members have said lacks quality wins.
- Georgia’s all but eliminated from a final four berth after dropping to No. 20. The Bulldogs’ schedule is favorable the rest of the way however with the only game against a ranked team coming next week against Auburn.
- Les Miles and LSU are ranked 16th with a chance to ascend toward the Top 10 Saturday night against Alabama.
ESPN reaction from its analysts Tuesday night:
Kirk Herbstreit: “If you’re just asking me to rank the teams, splitting fine hairs and details, I often look at who’s the better team and that’s why I would Alabama just a little bit ahead of TCU. Kansas State moving to No. 7 puts them in a great position this week going to Ft. Worth to play TCU.”
Danny Kanell: “You look at the strength of schedule for Alabama, where’s the good win after West Virginia? Other than that one, not too impressive. I thin it’s interesting that TCU isn’t above Alabama. TCU deserves more love beating West Virginia at West Virginia.”
David Pollack: “Arizona State at No. 9 is one of several teams in the country that still controls its own destiny. There is not a dominant team in college football. Anybody can beat anybody on a week by week basis.”