The last week of college football brought a ton of excitement and some key upsets. Not only did #8 Washington St go down on Friday to #16 Washington in the snow on Friday, but #7 LSU came up just short to #22 Texas A&M after seven overtimes, and #4 Michigan was embarrassed in The Game by #10 Ohio State on Saturday. LSU and Washington St are both expected to fall out of the Top 10. While #1-3 will stay the same, everything else is up in the air.
Some things to keep an eye on are:
- How far does Ohio State move up after finally getting their statement win? The committee has held them at #10 for the last few weeks because they struggled against unranked opponents with losing records. With #7 and 8 going down, along with #9 UCF losing starting quarterback McKenzie Milton to a severe knee injury, this could be the week that they see themselves jump up several spots.
- How much does the committee view teams that are going to play in their conference championships? Texas and Washington have three losses each, and both will play Top 20 teams in their championships next week. That’s one more game for each team to show the committee they deserved to be ranked higher. I specifically want to focus on Texas because they play Oklahoma next week and have already beat them. Two out of three of their losses are to unranked Maryland and Oklahoma St. I don’t have them in my Top 10, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up there.
Without further ado, here are my guesses for this week:
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Penn State