The College Football Playoff Committee released its new college football playoff rankings Tuesday, stunning the NCAA football world in the process. The Playoff Committee’s new top 5 football playoff rankings show a lineup that no BCS or computer program could have ever conceived. In the new CFB Playoff Committee bracket, the FSU Seminoles drop to No. 3, leapfrogged by the Oregon Ducks football program, which assumed the No. 2 spot.
Just as stunning, the new College Football Playoff Committee rankings left the Alabama Crimson Tide out of the Top 4. After the Alabama Crimson Tide held the No. 5 spot for two weeks it seemed the Tide would finally “roll on” into the Top 4 with Oregon taking over the No. 3 spot.
That’s not how the latest Football Playoff Committee rankings went down Tuesday. Instead, Alabama remained in the No. 5 spot as it prepares for its showdown this Saturday against No. 1 Mississippi State. In their place, the TCU Horned Frogs jumped into the No. 4 spot ahead of Alabama.
If the Crimson Tide faithful weren’t already upset about being left out of the top four for weeks, they’re likely crimson” with anger tonight. Take care of business this Saturday, though, and the Tide could very well leapfrog everyone else and take over the No. 1 spot next Tuesday.
The top five rankings of Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State, TCU and Alabama certainly had surprises, but so did the rest of the top 10.
For instance, Arizona State found itself in the No. 6 spot, followed by No. 7 Baylor, which this season has already defeated No. 4 TCU. Ohio State, Auburn and Ole Miss round out the Top 10.
Speaking about the latest College Football Playoff Committee bracket, chairman Jeff Long said “Based on the committee’s view about the strength of Florida State’s schedule and their body of work compared to Oregon’s strength of schedule and body of work, the committee voted that Oregon was No. 2.
“It was a very close call, but the committee placed significant value on Oregon’s quality of wins against three top 25 teams, two of which were on the road,” Long continued. “Our approach is consistent. Strength of schedule and body of work are important.”