Oct. 19, 2016
Jimmycat's College Football Playoff Power Rankings: 5th Edition
Week 7 is in the books, and top 5 teams are now on notice. #2 Ohio State and #3 Clemson needed overtime to beat their respective opponents. The majority of the top 10 teams were on byes this week, so the standings haven't been affected too much.
For the first time ever since these rankings were introduced last year on my radio show, we're going to have a tie between two teams for the rankings. Usually if a tie occurred, my co-host and I would have to decide on who would make the rankings. But not this time. As you read further, you'll understand why a tie occurred.
5. Texas A&M (6-0) and Ohio State (6-0)
Here's the tie! Shocking right? No....not really. The reasons for the tie are simple: the Aggies had a bye and the Buckeyes (finally) played a ranked team. Yes, Ohio State needed overtime to beat Wisconsin, but they came from behind to get the win at Camp Randall. But the Aggies face a tough test against the #1 team in the nation, Alabama. Winner will essentially go the SEC Championship Game. Loser will drop, and probably out of these rankings. A win for the Aggies would make them the SEC powerhouse for the 2016 season, and essentially end the reign of the Crimson Tide (provided Bama doesn't go to the SEC Championship).
4. Michigan (6-0)
The Wolverines had a bye this week. They aren't going anywhere for that reason. But their path to a possible battle of the undefeated's against Ohio State is looking better, especially with Michigan State in a massive free fall. Also, Jim Harbaugh did a good job as a member of the chain gang.
3. Washington (6-0)
Just like Michigan, the Huskies had a bye also. Simple, easy enough. They still dominate the Pac-12, especially with Stanford losing Christian McCaffrey for a few weeks. Still at #3....for now.
2. Clemson (7-0)
Tigers fans almost had a massive heart attack home against NC State. They needed an iced kicker and overtime to remain undefeated. Because of that almost-upset, they dropped down in both the AP and these rankings. Now they travel to Tallahassee to take on #13 Florida State. If they win that, the road to the ACC title game gets simpler. But the Tigers must be on guard throughout all of these games from now on.
1. Alabama (7-0)
The Crimson Tide decimated Tennessee, scoring two touchdowns three out of four quarters. They're 2-0 in the ranked gauntlet, but now they face their toughest test: Texas A&M. If they can shut down the Aggie offense, then they might as well lock their spot in the College Football Playoff. If not, the best they can hope for is a New Year's Six bowl game.