Sunday, November 8, 2015
Here's a look at the CFB Playoff Top Ten teams who won games yesterday -- and how many FBS teams and "non-Power 5" schools that are on their respective schedules this season.
Remember this when you hear stories these next few weeks about Notre Dame not playing a "thirteenth" game this season:
1. Clemson: 10 FBS / Wofford, Appalachian State, #5Notre Dame
3. Ohio State: 12 FBS / Hawaii, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan
4. Alabama: 10 FBS / Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, Charleston Southern
5. Notre Dame: 12 FBS / UMass, #21 Temple, #23 Navy
6. Baylor: 11 FBS / Lamar, SMU, Rice
9. Iowa: 11 FBS / Illinois State, North Texas
10. Florida: 12 FBS / New Mexico State, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic
Here's how many teams that the Big 12's Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State played in the first nine weeks (prior to yesterday) with a winning record:
- BAYLOR: ZERO
- TCU: ZERO
- OKLAHOMA STATE: ZERO
- OKLAHOMA: TWO (Tennessee & Tulsa both are 5 - 4 on the season)
The photo above shows Alabama scoring a TD against Middle Tennessee State earlier this season...
Posted by Jim Small at 2:25 PM
Folks -- this will blow your mind -- the four teams in the BIG 12 that are currently ranked in the top 20 in the College Football Playoff (Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma) -- came into this weekend having played 32 games...
Only 2 of those 32 games have been played against a team with a winning record this season -- TWO! Oklahoma has played Tennessee and Tulsa -- both teams are 5 - 4 on the season.
How can you call a win over Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma -- a quality win, when they haven't played anyone?
Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State had ZERO wins against teams with winning records 24 hours ago... How can that be in November?
How can you rank any of them over Notre Dame who has played FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES over teams who have been ranked at some point in the TOP 25 this season?
You can't -- if you do your homework.
Posted by Jim Small at 2:12 PM
I saw on Twitter this AM that Kirk Herbstreit has Oklahoma State jumping from #14 all the way up to #4 (surpassing Notre Dame) -- after their win over undefeated TCU and LSU's loss to Alabama last night.
I don't think Mr. Herbstreit has taken the time to do his homework -- I have...
Yes, Oklahoma State is undefeated -- but there is a reason the College Football Playoff Committee had them ranked so low this week at #14 -- here's why:
- TCU is the first "Power Five" conference team Oklahoma State has played this season with a winning record -- ND has played five so far this season
- The opponents Oklahoma State has beaten -- going into last night's game -- are 28 - 43 on the season -- ND's opponents over same span: 42 - 30
- Oklahoma State beat a 3 - 5 Kansas State team on a last minute field goal -- at home
- Oklahoma State beat a 4 - 5 Texas team on a last minute botched punt snap and then a last second field goal -- ND beat Texas 38 - 3.
- Oklahoma State beat a 4 - 4 West Virginia team in OT
And, their perceived "big win" over TCU yesterday -- was against a team who had not played a team with a winning record this season. Think about that!
TCU's wins -- leading into yesterday's game against Oklahoma State -- were against teams with a combined record of 27 - 44.
Is TCU really a big win for Oklahoma State?
Bottom line: We need to win our next three games -- nothing else matters -- until then.
Posted by Jim Small at 9:54 AM