We are officially, if we weren’t already, in the homestretch of the season, and we see the national picture coming more and more in focus each week. After teams like Baylor and Minnesota each lost last week, while Alabama lost Tua, there were a lot of eyes on the latest CFP top 25, and for Utah fans, I think the question was would they be jumped by OU after their win over Baylor. Here’s the latest CFP Top 25:
- OHIO STATE
- PENN STATE
- NOTRE DAME
- BOISE STATE
- OKLAHOMA STATE
- IOWA STATE
- APPALACHIAN STATE
There you have it, the top seven teams remain unchanged, which isn’t too big of surprise, especially since some of these teams will be playing each other, namely LSU/Georgia and potentially Oregon/Utah. Much of the consensus around the Twitter-sphere, and from pundits is that the top three spots are pretty much locked with Ohio State, LSU and Clemson. It comes down to that fourth spot, which many people are saying will go to either Utah, Oregon or Oklahoma. With OU not jumping after a top 10 win this past week, many are thinking they won’t be able to move much higher if all stays the same above them. Also, there is a lot of commentary that Alabama can’t move into the top 4, with the loss of Tua, their schedule, and the fact they won’t win their division. The big question people have is what will happen if LSU loses to Georgia in the SEC title game? Will that slot in two SEC teams? If that doesn’t happen, a lot of paths are opening for a Pac-12 champion being in that No. 4 slot. If two 11-1 teams play in that Pac-12 title game, then it may be a CFP play-in game. Obviously, that’s still a ways down the road, but the path is there. The question looms about that SEC title game, and the ‘Bama factor.
Regardless, the Utes are in a good spot, as is Oregon, especially since USC has now joined the top 25. That loss for the Utes now looks much better, and that’s a nice win for Oregon now. The Utes need to take care of business the last two weeks, which while on paper should be easy, I expect Arizona and Colorado to come out swinging. I also think that game for Oregon in Tempe against Arizona State is a trap game. ASU, while they’ve struggled, is tough at home, and they got some dudes that can play ball. Also, I’m still shaky on Oregon, especially in what was kind of a ho-hum effort against Arizona, in my opinion.
The race is on now for that 4 slot, and it really ramps up over the coming weeks.