Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we — the Elvii of college football — have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll.
Playoff Rankings: Week 4
Each week, the T.C.B. Poll is an aggregate of all our inputs. Scroll down to see individual selections and opinions.
Also receiving votes: Auburn, Mississippi State.
TCB Committee Member Comments
The LSU Elvis is still All Shook Up after the Mississippi State Bulldogs came into Tiger Stadium and handed the Tigers their first loss of the season. The top four remain the same, but the teams have been “All Shook Up” as well….
- Oregon – I just don’t see the Ducks losing a game the rest of the season.
- Florida State – Can Florida State get by when their starting quarterback has been up and down with off-the-field issues?
- Oklahoma – Boomer Sooners are looking strong, but still not top 2 worthy
- Alabama – the SEC might completely beat itself out of the top 4 by the end of the year. ‘Bama is still tops in the league though.
What a weekend. Every top team (that played someone decent) struggled for at least a half. I honestly don’t know if I should leave everything alone or completely re-shuffle everything. So to guarantee none of my picks look bad this week, I’m picking 4 teams that all have bye weeks:
- Oklahoma – Bye week. I guarantee they won’t struggle.
- Oregon – Bye week. I guarantee they won’t struggle.
- Alabama – Bye week. I guarantee they won’t struggle.
- Mississippi State – Bye week. I guarantee they won’t struggle.
I’m always going to rank them based on how they play and who they play. Some shake-ups in the Hawkeye Elvis Top 4:
- Alabama – The dancers from Viva Las Vegas could have played the secondary better than Florida did.
- Oregon – Washington State nearly had the Ducks All Shook Up.
- Florida State – Clemson is moving into the Heartbreak Hotel after literally giving the game to Seminoles.
- Oklahoma – The best win of the weekend? Survived a Harum Scarum from West Virginia.
I’m a firm believer that polls don’t matter until October — the sample size is just too small. In the meantime, however, we have you covered.
- Oregon – has the weakest schedule strength of the top 4, but has avoided much of the drama found elsewhere in college football
- Oklahoma – continues to take care of business, but still haven’t seen them against top-30 competition
- Florida State – Jimbo Fisher had a perplexed look on his face when he saw Jameis Winston in full pads pregame, and I expect that look to continue if the ‘Noles appear fallible on the field
- Auburn – War Eagle’s in-state rival gets bumped after forgetting how to possess the football for 2 1/2 quarters against Florida