NCAA D1A football playoff rankings: week 15

ANDREW MELOFF

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#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1)

The Tide rolled over FCS opponent Western Carolina 48-14 in a game that outraged programs and fans alike outside of the Bible Belt. Nick Saban’s team is finally firing on all cylinders with his five star recruits’ flourishing physically under Scott Cochran’s infamous strength program. Notably, the offensive Super Pac of quarterback Blake Sims, running backs TJ Yeldon and Derrick Henry and wide out Amari Cooper are playing to their preseason potential.  Auburn comes into Bryant Deny this week for the Iron Bowl and will need miracles similar to last year’s 109-yard field goal return, courtesy of Chris Davis, to pull off the upset. Chris Davis’ helmet sold for $47,190 this year (yes this game is that important in the state of Alabama; Roll Tide or War Eagle).

#2 Oregon Ducks (10-1)

Quarterback Marcus Mariota and company came out of their bye week and put a lickin’ on Colorado 41-10. Mariota added four passing touchdowns pushing his total to 32 this season. With a touchdown to interception ratio of 32-2, Mariota should lock up the Heisman race in the following weeks.  The Ducks travel to Reser Stadium facing state rival Oregon State in a prime-time matchup that has trap game written all over it. While Oregon may be looking forward to the PAC 12 Championship, Oregon State comes into the game with nothing to lose. The Beavers of Oregon State upset #13 Arizona state two weeks ago and are sure to be fired up to face ‘Big Brother’ Oregon and ruin their playoff run.

#3 Mississippi State (10-1)

Hail State rebounded after being upset by Alabama last week, by beating Vanderbilt 51-0 in SEC conference play. Dan Mullen’s squad faces the selfdestructing Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl this week and should be favoured in the matchup. Quarterback Dak Prescott must continue to play flawlessly for Hail State to get into the playoffs. The team’s potential absence from the SEC championship game will weigh heavily on the minds of Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs fan base. For now, all focus should be centered upon beating Hotty Tody.

#4 Florida State (11-0)

The winning streak continues as FSU beat Boston College 20-17. Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston have now won 24 straight games and have punched their ticket to the ACC championship game. It was hard not to root for the Seminoles this week, following the tragedy on campus that occurred just days before when a 2005 alumni severely wounded two students and a library employee before he was killed by police. Florida State ran into a spirited Doak Campbell Stadium and willed their way to victory in the fourth quarter. Following a long drive by Boston College, Winston led the Seminoles offense down the field while draining the clock to put kicker Roberto Aguayo in position to win the game as time expired. Fisher’s offense continues to have issues converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns early in games, and should be a cause for concern for their playoff well-being.

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