The top of ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s own rankings is looking more like the major polls.
Toward the end of Saturday’s broadcast, Herbstreit shared his new Top-4 rankings, with Alabama No. 1. The Crimson Tide won 49-30 at ranked Arkansas on Saturday. When asked why he changed Nos. 1 and 2 while on SportsCenter, Herbstreit said Ohio State had been the most consistent team but had more of an “ugly” performance against Indiana.
Herbstreit had Ohio State No. 1 a week ago, but the Buckeyes are now No. 2 following the 38-17 win against Indiana. Herbstreit now has Clemson No. 3 and Washington No. 4. The Huskies are new in his top 4, as Washington routed Oregon 70-21 to take the place of Louisville, which had a bye.
All this means Michigan is still not in Herbstreit’s Top 4, even though the Wolverines won at Rutgers, 78-0, Saturday night. While appearing on SportsCenter, Herbstreit said the No. 4 spot is wide open, mentioning Michigan and Louisville as top-four candidates.
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Still, the first official College Football Playoff rankings aren’t out until Nov. 1, so much can change from now until then.