With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, we — the Elvii of college football — have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations to keep the selection committee honest. We call it the T.C.B. Poll.
Playoff Rankings: Week 2
Each week, the T.C.B. Poll is an aggregate of all our inputs. Scroll down to see individual selections and opinions — this is how we’d like to see the College Football Playoff if we had to narrow the field *right now* to determine a national champion. Images courtesy The Helmet Project.
Also receiving votes: Michigan State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon, Georgia.
TCB Committee Member Comments
- The Ohio State – Until you lose your crown – you remain number 1
- Alabama – Ole Miss could play spoiler this week.
- TCU – 70 freakin points!
- USC – West Coast might get into the top 4 at the end of the year
- Ohio State – Yawn
- SEC Champion (Texas A&M) – The Aggies get Bama and Auburn at home, and play Vandy and South Carolina from the East. This could actually happen, people.
- Oregon – Come December, the Committee won’t hold that road lost to Michigan State against the Ducks.
- Oklahoma – The playoff needs controversy and we won’t be disappointed (well, unless you’re a Spartan). The Committee will shaft Michigan State and select the Big 12 Champion Sooners, leaving Michigan State home while a team they beat, Oregon, makes the playoffs. The outrage will be glorious.
Now the season is starting to take shape a bit better and we are getting a true feel for who’s for real.
- Ohio State – Slept their way through a 38-point shut-out win. There’s going to be a lot of that until they play Sparty.
- Alabama – Clearly the best team in the SEC right now.
- USC – I can’t quite put UCLA in the Top 4 yet and I have to move Oregon out for now based on the loss, although they lost early enough and close enough to come back later.
- Michigan State – The only worthy adversary for the Buckeyes.
Just missed – The Big 12. Baylor, beat someone of consequence and we’ll talk. TCU, that close win over Minnesota lost some luster. Oklahoma, keep winning and we’ll talk.
- OSU – With their schedule, they’re on cruise control until November
- TCU – Oklahoma has made themselves a good early case with a good quarter of play vs. Tennessee, but I think the Fightin’ Frogs get it done head-to-head with the Sooners, so they stay here.
- UGA – What happens if Alabama beats them in the regular season, but then UGA gets revenge in the SECCG? CHAOS.
- USC – Swapping out one Pac-12 team for another in my #4 spot. At this juncture, the ACC’s scheduling (specifically, Clemson & FSU) is too atrocious for me to know how to gauge them in relation to decent competition, so they’re the odd conference out in 2015.