| The initial College Football Playoff rankings were revealed last night. The biggest surprise was that undefeated, defending national champion Clemson was ranked No. 5. It marks the first time after 25 straight CFP rankings that the Tigers were not in the Top 4. With that, I’d say grab this Tiger by the tail and watch them surge into the College Football Playoff by seasons end. That’s a lock. |
|Week 10 College Football Observations |
USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken notes: Irish quarterback Ian Book wouldn’t let the Irish lose, converting a pair of fourth-down throws on an 18-play, 87-yard touchdown drive that gave Notre Dame a 21-20 win … It was a no-brainer from a football standpoint for Liberty to pursue Hugh Freeze. The Flames own an impressive six wins in their second season at the FBS level. Because two of those wins came over FCS opponents, they’ll need one more to actually become bowl eligible with the most likely opportunity coming in the season finale against winless New Mexico State. … The Memphis Tigers are on their way to a sixth straight bowl game at 8-1 and might be the driver’s seat to represent the Group of Five conferences in a New Year’s Six bowl game …
From this week’s Playbook Football Newsletter: The biggest matchup of the week in the Mid-American Conference is this beauty tonight when Ohio U hosts Miami Ohio in a battle for first place in the MAC East Division. Miami is 4-1 ATS on weekdays, 4-1 ATS off a road dog win and 8-1 ATS as an away pooch of a touchdown or less. With coach Chuck Martin, the RedHawks are 20-7 ATS in the second half of the season, and underdogs in Ohio U contests are 6-1 ATS. You know what to do.