Week 7 is over, and it answered some questions for us. The story of the dominant SEC West and the floundering SEC East seems to continue.
Confusion ensued as the college football world watched Alabama make Tennessee look as good as Appalachian State. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt pulled off a huge win for Derek Mason, beating an underachieving Georgia squad between the hedges. All else aside, the SEC West (Alabama) is the clear favorite to represent the conference in the CFB playoff.
The Big 10 and ACC also answered questions regarding its expectations going into the playoff.
Ohio State beat a very good Wisconsin squad, making the Buckeyes a clear No. 2 in the rankings. Meanwhile, Clemson got a crucial W, beating a good NC State team. Louisville is till hanging around the CFB playoff picture, even with the close loss to Clemson. The Cardinals will need some teams to trip up to land in the top four, so for now Louisville and Washington will be the designated playoff bubble teams.
Here is my prediction for the CFB playoffs
- Ohio State
If Washington either gets a loss or wins out in poor fashion, I could see a one loss Michigan or Ohio State jumping the Huskies. Right now, I would take Washington over a one-loss Big 10 power house, but we still have a whole half of a season to go.
Alabama will go undefeated, and no one can do anything about it.
I don’t need to elaborate on this, so lets just say it: Nick Saban will make it to the CFP unscathed. I can’t see an LSU team with a mediocre offense and a great defense upsetting this Alabama team. I also would say the same for Texas A&M, except the Aggies have a more well-rounded team. Either way, Texas A&M and LSU will be wins for the Tide, and Alabama will enter the Playoff as #1.
The true Mizzou might have been exposed the last 2 weeks, but the next 4 games are still winnable for the tigers.
As the Tigers approach the back half of the season, Barry Odom will need to focus on one very important goal: Make it to 6-6.
Making it to a bowl game means much more than money for the school. You have to account for the morale it would give the team, the exposure for recruiting, and, perhaps most importantly, the extra bowl practices you would get.
At this point, Middle Tennessee and the Kentucky should both be wins for the Tigers. Vanderbilt, on the other hand, has shown some tenacity on defense, and Mizzou could struggle to score against the top linebacker in the SEC East. For now, I will call it a win for the Tigers, barring any upset loss within the next few weeks.
Pboggs’ Mizzou bowl game projections:
39% chance: 4-8 or worse: no bowl game
55% chance: 5-7 or 6-6 record: Birmingham Bowl or Texas Bowl
6% chance: 7-5 or 8-4 record: Belk Bowl, Music City or Liberty Bowl