The newest College Football Playoff top 25 was revealed Tuesday night and while no major upsets occurred in the previous week’s top 10, debate still ensued.
After the rankings came out, College Football Playoff chair Kirby Hocutt talked about No. 2 Miami and No. 3 Clemson switching spots from a week ago.
“As we said last week, the separation between teams 1 through 5 was very narrow and I would say this week the same remains true,” Hocutt said. “We talked about a Miami team that has shown progress over the last three weeks. They have really strengthened their resume the last three weeks. We see characteristics of a championship team with Miami. They were down 14 points in the second half and came back to win. They have an ever slight edge over Clemson this week.
Hocutt also talked a bit about the overall process.
“Well, we start with a clean sheet of paper every week,” Hocutt said. “Every team has an opportunity to strengthen their resume. When we talk about Clemson’s loss to Syracuse, that’s a team Miami beat. Oklahoma’s loss was in Norman, so, we keep all of those things into consideration.”
Hocutt was then asked about the history of the College Football Playoff and what the last few years mean. He then responded by saying he doesn’t give much thought, but does bring up where No. 5 Wisconsin stands.
“You know Rece [Davis], I honestly haven’t given a lot of thought to previous years,” he said. “There is very narrow separation between teams 1 through 5. We spend a lot of time talking about what separates these teams. Very close there at the top this season — no question.”
ESPN’s Rece Davis then asked about what the separation is between No. 9 Ohio State and No. 11 USC.
“Well, not a whole lot, Hocutt said. “We spent considerable time this morning in our evaluations of teams 9 and 11. Those three teams right there are very close in our discussion. Obviously Ohio State has the head-to-head victory over Penn State.
“We continue to be impressed with the Southern California team who has played very well as of late. They fought through a number of injuries early in the year. As they got healthy, they started playing better and better, so that was a very talented team we saw in Southern California.”