The computers are gone but the chaos remains. The second installment of the Division 1A NCAA college football playoff rankings will be revealed Nov. 4. With the former BCS system is finally behind us. Now the top four teams in the nation will face off in a playoffs to determine the College Football Playoff National Champion. Week 10’s top 10 rankings were as follows: #1. Mississippi State, #2. Florida State, #3. Auburn, #4. Ole Miss, #5. Oregon, #6. Alabama, #7. TCU, #8. Michigan State, #9. Kansas State and #10. Notre Dame.
With plenty of games remaining, I’ll give you a look into my top four teams following the results of Week 11.
#1 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0)
MSU or “Hail State,” has been flying under almost everyone’s radar in the preseason due to the program’s historic lack of success. However, after definitive wins against SEC powerhouses LSU and Auburn, MSU vaulted into the spotlight surpassing the defending champion Florida State. Heisman candidate quarterback Dak Prescott and Coach Dan Mullen have utilized the Bulldogs’ leading 17 returning starters from their 2013 campaign to dominate the league. But with games at Alabama and Ole Miss looming, Hail State is far from a guaranteed spot in the playoff.
#2 Auburn Tigers (7-1)
The luck of the Tigers? Auburn’s string of success continues for the Tigers as they defeated a reeling Ole Miss 35-31 in a series of unfortunate events to say the least. Clutch turnovers in the Redzone by Auburn’s defense late in the game sealed the victory. Returning Quarterback Nick Marshall has shown a much better grasp on the modern triple option offense led by second year head coach Gus Malzahn. Wideout Sammy Coates adds to the effectiveness of the offense as a passing threat that takes two players to cover, opening up space for the rest of the team to maneuver. This ranking will drive Alabama fans off the wall, but for now Auburn deserves the ranking.
#3 Oregon Ducks (7-1)
Oregon is returning to form following injury issues earlier in the year. The Ducks showed their strength by blowing the doors off of PAC 12 rival Stanford 45-16. For Oregon, any defense is good defense, as long as they allow the track meet of an offence, helmed by Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota to get on the field. Second year head coach Mark Helfrich is a disciple of the Chip Kelly system and is looking to do what Chip could not: win a national title. Oregon arguably has a much easier schedule in comparison to the teams in the SEC but the eye test suggests that the Duck’s deserve a shot at the title.
#4 Florida State Seminoles (8-0)
The defending National Champions find themselves on the bubble of making the playoff, even with a 24 game winning streak. What’s the issue? Strength of schedule and style of victory, even though 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston and head coach Jimbo Fisher have scored a minimum of 31 points in every regular season they have played, the Seminoles defense is not the same. FSU has narrowly escaped losses to Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, NC State and Oklahoma State. It is hard to justify giving FSU a chance to win the title as they look like a softer opponent than most of the teams in the top ten on a neutral field. This spot rightfully belongs to an improving Alabama team, but to deny FSU the opportunity to defend their title and a potential 29 game winning streak would be blasphemous. Teams on the outside looking in are: Alabama, Michigan State, TCU, and Notre Dame.
With five weeks of football remaining in the college football season, I can guarantee that the madness we know and love will continue to make the 2014-15 season a historic one.