College Football America Top 30: Oregon is Done

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oregon Ducks

The Storyline

The Oregon Ducks are out.

The Ducks’ resume was built on a road win at Ohio State early in the season, and it was the only thing keeping them locked into one of the Top 4 spots reserved for the College Football Playoff after a terrible midseason loss in overtime at Stanford. But their path to the playoff evaporated Saturday night in a terrible performance at Utah where they were wiped out, 38-7.

So the big question now is, what does that mean for Cincinnati? The Bearcats crushed SMU at home, 48-14, but unfortunately, it just means the Mustangs have lost three of their past four games, so it’s not the kind of result that’s going to carry much weight with the playoff committee. The Bearcats were No. 5 in the committee rankings heading into the weekend, one spot ahead of Michigan, which hosts an Ohio State team this coming weekend that will likely be ranked No. 3 in those rankings. The loser of that game will be eliminated from consideration, and fortunately for the Bearcats, they still own a head-to-head win over Notre Dame, which is next in the committee rankings.

Oklahoma State is still in the playoff picture after taking care of business against Texas Tech on the road Saturday night, and the Cowboys will certainly move up heading into the Bedlam game this coming weekend against Oklahoma. The winner of that game will have just one loss heading into the Big 12 Championship Game, and could be the biggest threat to leapfrog the Bearcats with a win in that game.

There’s a lot of football to be played, and overall, the Bearcats are sitting in a pretty good position. They may be their own toughest opponent as they’ve struggled in games where the committee probably was looking for more style points, and they have a tough game at a much-improved East Carolina squad this coming weekend. If they can avoid the upset bug, they’ll host what could be an 11-1 Houston squad in the AAC Championship Game, and it would be hard to leave the Bearcats out. Considering the committee has never allowed a Group of 5 team into the playoff field, though, it’s not, by any means, a done deal.

The College Football America Top 30

No. 1 Georgia cruised to victory against FCS opponent Charleston Southern while No. 2 Alabama held off a feisty Arkansas squad. No. 3 Oregon’s big loss to Utah dropped the Ducks to No. 12 this week, and Ohio State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Michigan are the beneficiaries each moving up a slot this week to occupy the Nos. 3-6 positions.

No. 7 Michigan State was thoroughly embarrassed in a 56-7 loss at Ohio State, dropping the Spartans to No. 16. No. 7 Oklahoma moves up three spots after beating Iowa State to jump over Ole Miss which is up one spot to No. 8 following a 31-17 win over Vanderbilt. Oklahoma State and Iowa rejoin the Top 10 in the final two spots heading into the final weekend of regular season action in their respective conferences.

1. Georgia (11-0)

2. Alabama (10-1)

3. Ohio State (10-1)

4. Cincinnati (11-0)

5. Notre Dame (10-1)

6. Michigan (9-1)

7. Oklahoma (10-1)

8. Ole Miss (9-2)

9. Oklahoma State (10-1)

10. Iowa (9-2)

11. Texas A&M (8-3)

12. Oregon (9-2)

13. Baylor (9-2)

14. Wisconsin (8-3)

15. Pittsburgh (9-2)

16. Michigan State (9-2)

17. Clemson (8-3)

18. Utah (8-3)

19. Wake Forest (9-2)

20. Arkansas (7-4)

21. Mississippi St. (7-4)

22. Kentucky (8-3)

23. Penn State (7-4)

24. NC State (8-3)

25. Kansas St. (7-4)

26. BYU (9-2)

27. Purdue (7-4)

28. Minnesota (7-4)

29. UCLA (7-4)

30. UTSA (11-0)

Published by Kendall Webb

Kendall Webb is a sports writer and photographer based in Middle Tennessee. He is a graduate of Kilgore College (A.A., 1992), the University of Texas at Austin (B.J., 1995) and Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., 2000), and is currently a master's candidate (A.L.M.) in Harvard University's extension studies program with a major in journalism.

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