College football rankings: LSU is No. 1
The anti-SEC crowd will not like my rankings this week. I came close, really close, to ranking SEC teams 1-2-3-4. But in the end, I went with Ohio State over Georgia at No. 4.
The reason for the SEC dominance? SEC teams have most of the best victories across the nation. Texas’ only loss? To LSU. Notre Dame’s only loss? To Georgia. Oregon’s only loss? To Auburn. Auburn’s only loss? To Florida.
Here’s another way to look at it. What’s the Big 12’s best victory? Kansas State over Mississippi State? West Virginia over North Carolina State? TCU over Purdue? None have proven to be particularly noteworthy.
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And that’s the problem the Big 12 faces. Its notable victories now must come in-house. And that’s a potential problem for Oklahoma. If the Sooners go unbeaten, there are no issues. But if the Sooners finish 12-1, do they get a College Football Playoff berth over an 11-1 SEC team with a multiple marquee victories? Maybe, maybe not.
Remember, my rankings are based on what you’ve done. Who you played, where you played and how you did.
1. LSU 5-0: Road wins carry a lot of weight. The Tigers won in Austin.
2. Florida 6-0: The Gators’ earlier victories – Miami, Kentucky, Tennessee -- have lost a lot of clout. But beating Auburn was a rousing victory.
3. Auburn 5-1: When we’ve all turned to ashes and we’ve all turned to dust, I’ll still not be dropping teams far for losing road games to good teams.
4. Ohio State 6-0: The Buckeyes’ schedule is looking better and better. Ohio State added the Michigan State notch to its belt, but Cincinnati is looking strong, and the Buckeyes routed the Bearcats.
5. Georgia 5-0: The Bulldogs were a little slow against Tennessee, but still, beating Notre Dame is paying off.
6. Clemson 5-0: The Tigers don’t have a great win, but a couple of good wins will get you in the top 10, and beating Texas A&M in Death Valley and surviving at North Carolina are good wins.
7. Wisconsin 5-0: The Badgers’ rout of Michigan looks better after the Wolverines knocked Iowa from the unbeaten ranks.
8. Notre Dame 4-1: The Fighting Irish victory over Virginia is the Cavaliers’ only loss.
9. Oregon 4-1: The Ducks’ only loss, to Auburn in Arlington, is a great loss. And Oregon has a couple of decent wins – at Stanford, home against California.
10. Michigan 4-1: The Wolverines have been a punching bag since getting drubbed by Wisconsin. But beating Iowa was a quality win.