Sunday, the Frogs fell to 11th in the AP and 14th in the Coaches Poll (one spot behind Oklahoma State, who they beat and who also lost to Oklahoma, because the coaches poll is dumb) after their thrashing at the hands of the Sooners in Norman. On Tuesday, they settled in at #12 in the only poll that matters, the College Football Playoff Poll. They trail Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC, all whom have two losses and very few quality wins between them.
The Frogs, who still mostly (I think) control their own destiny when it comes to making the Big 12 Championship Game (barring some insanity, which is always possible) are all but eliminated from the CFP but are still in relatively good shape when it comes to the New Year’s Six series. Not eliminated from the Final Four is Oklahoma, who climbed to #4 after their win, and a little help from Georgia and Notre Dame, who both got crushed on the road Saturday. They have a far better resume than two of the three teams above them.
The only other Big 12 team ranked is Oklahoma State, on TCU’s heels at #13. You can just feel the committee wanting to move the Pokes above the Frogs. Undefeated Miami rose to #3, while fellow undefeated Wisconsin settled in at #5. The Badgers will face their first (kind of) test this season when they square off with Michigan Saturday. Alabama replaced Georgia at the top of the pile despite barely squeaking past Mississippi State last weekend. Hilariously, Clemson is #2 after a sloppy game at Florida State, because these metrics are all made up, change week to week, and are dumb. Coming in at sixth is Auburn, who sky-rockets after whooping overrated Georgia and their freshman QB at home. Clemson and Miami will likely meet in the ACC Championship, while the Iron Bowl will likely settle Auburn/Alabama.
The top ten is rounded out with Georgia, falling to seventh, Notre Dame (eliminated from the payoffs) at eighth, Ohio State, and Penn State at ten. The Big Ten is firmly in the playoff conversation, even though each contender outside of Wisconsin has at least two losses, and conveniently, they play Michigan this weekend, who somehow snuck back into the rankings just in time for that showdown. Some other interesting rankings include Washington tumbling to 18th, Boise entering for the first time at #25, and three loss LSU coming in at #20. Don’t discount the hilarity of USC at #11 either.
TCU will have a shot to get back into the top ten before the end of the season and improve their chances for a NY6 bid, starting with Saturday’s road test in Lubbock, a game they may have to play without QB Kenny Hill, RB Darius Anderson, linebackers Travin Howard and Montrel Wilson, and safety Niko Small - though they do get Patrick Morris back on the offensive line.
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