Has everyone settled down after a wild Saturday?
The chaos started when Clemson lost at home to Pitt and didn’t stop there. Washington lost to USC and Michigan fell to Iowa on the last play of the game — and top-10 teams Texas A&M and Auburn also lost. It all means people are going to have strong opinions on how the top 4 should look in the new College Football Playoff rankings.
Kirk Herbstreit, while on ESPN, shared his new top 4 and his reasons for ranking the teams the way he did. Herbstreit prefaced it by saying he would be staying off Twitter until after the season is done.
Here’s Herbstreit’s top 4:
- Ohio State
It’s interesting to see that Michigan dropped out of the top 4 but Clemson didn’t after a Saturday loss. Herbstreit also has Louisville ranked ahead of Clemson even though the Tigers beat the Cardinals 42-36 on Oct. 1.
Here’s Herbstreit explaining his rankings:
“I would probably move Ohio State with all these losses up to No. 2 with the way they have rebounded in the last couple weeks,” Herbstreit said. “I think those are the two that are obvious. Then you just got to figure it out. Somebody has to go there at three and somebody has to go there at four. I personally would put Louisville at three. I know they lost to Clemson, but this has more to do with how teams are playing in November and where you’re heading. I look at it and say, Clemson’s been at times, sleepwalking all year … There have been moments where you kind of scratch your head saying, ‘Is this Clemson? is that Deshaun Watson?’ It finally caught up to them.”
Ohio State has certainly looked dominant since losing to Penn State 24-21 on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes routed both Nebraska and Maryland 62-3 to move to 9-1. The Buckeyes need to win out and have Penn State lose to win the division, so an 11-1 Ohio State without a conference title would be an interesting case for the CFP selection committee.