Alabama And Clemson Are In A Different League
Whenever I look at which four teams should be in the College Football Playoff, I easily identify the first two.
Alabama and Clemson.
But then, I shake my head.
As I go down the Top 10, the quality teams drop off like a bowling ball falling off a table. There are simply no dominate teams beyond the Tide and the Tigers. Perhaps Georgia is in the neighborhood but it still needs to knock on the door after being dominated by LSU.
Speaking of LSU, these Tigers are certainly great on defense but don’t have near enough offense to be elite.
Notre Dame? Should have lost to Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh.
Michigan? No offense.
Texas? Heck, I wrote after the Oklahoma game that Texas is not back, despite several “experts” claiming the opposite. (and, of course, the Longhorns lost to Oklahoma State to prove my point).
Oklahoma? No defense.
Ohio State? Explain a 30-point loss to a .500 Purdue team.
West Virginia? Hard to tell with it playing in the Big-12.
Central Florida? Plays a second-tier schedule.
Things are so desperate now that it’s difficult to find enough decent teams to put in the Top 10. Let alone the Top 25. Heck, it’s so bad that Kentucky – yes, Kentucky – is almost in the Top 10.
Washington State which, give the Cougars credit as they seem to be like cats with nine lives, is good and exciting to watch but is far from being elite as Pullman is from Pasadena. Playing in the horrible Pac-12 is boosting this team’s record.
Look at the teams that were supposed to be good that have collapsed this year: Wisconsin (a figment of many preseason pollsters’ imaginations), Penn State, Washington, Auburn, Mississippi State…
Actually, I could see a few of these coming. Mississippi State? Come on folks. Auburn always falls flat on its face when it begins the season highly ranked and nobody with any college football sense who watched the opening game surely could have considered it or Washington even a Top 25 team.
Stanford? This team has been sliding downhill the past couple of years.
What I can’t figure out is why there are not more good teams and certainly more great teams. With all the coaching clinics and talent being developed so quickly at the high school level – and so much attention being paid to it – there should be a dozen elite teams.
USC, with loads of talent, is easy to figure out; it’s head coach, Clay Helton, is over his head as a head coach.
The others, tho, are just head scratchers.