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On the cusp of the College Football Playoff – TCU, Ohio State, Baylor

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 7, 2014

… Regarding the teams competing for the last spot in the college football playoff –  TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor.

What is significant today?  Games against ranked opponents at that time… and now.

* Rankings used are the College Football Playoff Rankings listed on ESPN on 12/7/2014 @ 7:56 AM ET *

 To be ranked high early in the season is insignificant.  There is a lot of fluff mixed in.  Let’s look at TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor’s games versus ranked opponents then and whether those games should be significant talking-points in relation to the College Football Final Four selection process.

 

  • TCU – Beats #4 Oklahoma 37-33 (@Home). Oklahoma is now #20.
  • TCU – Loses to #5 Baylor 61-58 (@Baylor) – Baylor is now #6 (Not a significant difference.) – Note: This was a shootout.  Seemed like an NBA All Star game where no one plays defense.  All Offense.  I would not heavily weigh this game.
  • TCU – Beats #15 Oklahoma State 42-9 (@Home) – Oklahoma State has been dropped from the rankings.
  • TCU – Beat #20 West Virginia 31-30 (@WV) WV has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • TCU – Beats #7 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) KS is now #9

TCU has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#6, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #9 Kansas State 42-20.

 

  • Ohio State – Beats #8 Michigan State 49-37 (@Michigan State). Michigan State is now #8
  • Ohio State – Beats #25 Minnesota 31-24 (@Minnesota). Minnesota has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • Ohio State – Beats #13 Wisconsin 59-0 (@Neutral site) Wisconsin is now #13.

The Ohio State has 2 wins against currently ranked opponents (#8, #13) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #13 Wisconsin 59-0.

 

  • Baylor – Beats #9 TCU 61-58 (@Home) TCU is now #3.  Please see note above for opinion on this shootout.
  • Baylor – Beats #15 Oklahoma 48-14 (@Oklahoma). Oklahoma is now #20
  • Baylor – Beats #9 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) Kansas State is now #9

Baylor has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#3, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #20 Oklahoma 48-14.

If you take out the Baylor-TCU “shootout” they each have 2 wins versus currently ranked teams.

 Personally, I see Ohio State being the team with the best chance of beating any of the 3 biggies (Alabama, Oregon, and FSU). Who knows?  That’s the beauty of it….

We’ll know the selection in 3.50 hours!

 

 

 

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