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After a wild holiday weekend Outkick’s top ten has changed quite a bit.
So here we go.
The Tide are clicking on all cylinders on offense and the defense has pretty pretty consistent up until Nick Marshall played the best game of his career in the Iron Bowl. How many teams in the country can score 55 points despite their starting quarterback throwing three interceptions? Now the only question left in Bama’s season is would Nick Saban strangle Lane Kiffin to death if Missouri pulled off the upset in the SEC title game?
The Ducks sprinted past Oregon State and now get an opportunity to vanquish their lone loss in a rematch with Arizona. The Ducks lost earlier in the season as a 21 point favorite. Will history repeat itself in the Pac 12 title game? Surely not, right?
TCU smoked Texas and will finish 11-1 after it beats Iowa State this coming weekend. But the only way I leave TCU above Baylor in my final top four is if Baylor loses to Kansas State. Otherwise TCU gets jumped.
But could the Big 12 get two teams in the playoff? It sure could if Alabama, Oregon or FSU lose conference title games. Would that make people question why we’re playing conference title games at all? Yep.
4. Florida State
The Seminoles overcame four Jameis Winston interceptions to beat Florida by five. Now FSU faces its toughest test of the season — which isn’t really saying much — Georgia Tech in the ACC title game. I assume FSU will win by three or four and wait until the playoff when they’re crushed by Alabama or Oregon.
The Bears lost their quarterback to a concussion and then almost lost a massive lead against Texas Tech. But they hung on for a two point win. Now they’ll make the playoff and pass TCU if they can beat Kansas State to finish 11-1.
6. Ohio State
The Buckeyes beat Michigan, but lost their second quarterback of the season. Now they’ll be underdogs against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes they still need at least two losses from the teams above them to make the inaugural playoff.
The Wildcats beat Arizona State and advance to the Pac 12 title game where they’ll try to beat Oregon for a third straight time. If they beat the Ducks again, the Wildcats would have the best resume of any two loss team.
8. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs were beaten soundly by Ole Miss. I still believe 11-1 Mississippi State would have made the playoff, but with the loss they gave up the playoff ghost. America loses because they won’t get to see me in a loin cloth.
9. Kansas State
Kansas State can earn a share of the Big 12 title with a win at Baylor on the final weekend of the year. Will they pull that off? I don’t think so.
10. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech outlasted a Georgia’ing Georgia team to snag a big road win in Athens. Now Paul Johnson’s crew can nab an ACC title and end FSU’s title run. As good as the Yellow Jackets are playing this should be a fascinating game.