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CFP Rankings — Edition #3: Trumpset Saturday
- Alabama: A day before Mississippi State alumnus and current Dallas Cowboy QB Dak Prescott engineered a come-from-behind win in Pittsburgh on Sunday, his former Bulldog squad had been busy resurfacing another mile marker on Alabama’s playoff superhighway. In the Crimson Tide’s 51–3 victory over MSU, ‘Bama QB Jalen Hurts delivered pain on multiple fronts, throwing for 347 yards and four TDs, while leading the rushing attack with 100 yards on 11 carries.
- Ohio State: After absorbing what, at the time, looked to be a devastating week seven overtime loss at Penn State, the Buckeyes seem to have rallied around Daylight Saving Time, posting back-to-back 62–3 drubbings of Nebraska and Maryland respectively in the wake of November’s ‘falling back’. OSU QB J.T. Barrett has connected on 68% of his 65 pass attempts for 543 yards, six TDs and thrown no interceptions over that span.
- Michigan: It was noted Penn Quaker superfan Benjamin Franklin who was of the opinion that “we must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Undefeated Michigan, Clemson and Washington all hung together, suffering Saturday setbacks within four hours of one another, and separately, tumbling to varying degrees down the playoff ladder. The Wolverines road loss to Iowa as time expired appears to be the most tolerable/least damaging of the blemishes.
- Clemson: The Tigers defeat over the weekend was almost a mirror image of Michigan’s; via a last-second field goal to a 6–4 conference foe. And, like the Wolverines, Clemson is the beneficiary of a lack of playoff-worthy successors. CU claims a head-to-head victory over 9–1 Louisville, while fellow members of the one-loss club Washington and West Virginia have more substantial, reputation-impugning setbacks to USC and Oklahoma State respectively.