The third edition of the 2016 College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. As I mentioned earlier in the week, this whole process is a mess — largely because there is no set roadmap in terms of how to get to the playoff.
Week 11 provided its share of upsets for the 2016 college football season. Clemson, Michigan and Washington were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, while Auburn and Texas A&M – two of the selection committee’s top-10 teams – were also defeated in SEC play last Saturday.
Entering Week 11, it appeared we were barreling toward the most drama-free postseason final four in the young College Football Playoff’s history. Much of the same was expected from a relatively ho-hum slate of games.
Oh, what a fine mess we have on our hands — and I'm loving every minute of it. I'm the guy who likes to pull up a tattered old lawn chair, light a cheap cigar, drink bottom-shelf whiskey straight out of a plastic bottle and watch the world burn. I love when what people thought were master plans fail. The chaos excites me.
As we approach Thanksgiving and the end of the college football regular season, it’s clear that winter is not just literally coming — it’s also metaphorically approaching for the four-team College Football Playoff system with more doom in the air than “Game of Thrones.”
Week 11 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Five teams ranked in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 10 poll from Tuesday night suffered defeats on Saturday. Clemson was stunned by Pitt on a late field goal, Michigan fell by one point to Iowa and USC defeated Washington in Seattle.
Points will not be in short supply when Washington State and California clash this weekend. The scoreboard always seems to get an intense workout whenever these two explosive offenses share the same field.
A four-game losing streak has taken UCLA from preseason Top 25 status to fighting to reach bowl eligibility. The Bruins (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12) have no room for error as they travel to face Oregon State on Saturday.