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College Football Playoff Top 25 Released: Penn State rooting for the SEC?

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Why the current College Football Playoff Top 4 would help the Nittany Lions.

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Well well well, what have we here?

College Football Playoff Rankings

25. Appalachian State Mountaineers
24. Virginia Tech Hokies
23. Iowa State Cyclones
22. USC Trojans
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys
20. Boise State Broncos
19. Cincinnati Bearcats
18. Memphis Tigers

17. Iowa Hawkeyes

16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
15. Auburn Tigers
14. Oregon Ducks

13. Michigan Wolverines
12. wisconsin badgers

11. Florida Gators

10. Penn State Nittany Lions

9. Baylor Bears

8. Minnesota Golden Gophers

7. Oklahoma Sooners
6. Utah Utes
5. Alabama Crimson Tide
4. Georgia Bulldogs
3. Clemson Tigers
2. LSU Tigers

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

B1G Talking Points

  • If it’s any consolation, Penn State, you’re good enough to vault Ohio State into the #1 position. Congratulations!
  • Meanwhile, Penn State also sits in an interesting spot. If these results hold, Alabama would play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Utah against Minnesota in the Rose Bowl, and Penn State gets a tomato can (probably Virginia Tech?) in the Orange Bowl.

Poll

You’re Penn State. (Sorry.) Would you rather...

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Play Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl
    (96 votes)
  • 34%
    Play a good SEC team (Florida? Auburn?) in the Citrus Bowl
    (57 votes)
  • 8%
    Play someone, anyone in the Outback Bowl
    (14 votes)
167 votes total Vote Now
  • There’s nothing exciting to say about Minnesota or wisconsin, both of whom will be right where they deserve after this weekend.
  • Seems harsh to drop Oregon below a Michigan team whose best win is a similarly-overrated Notre Dame.
  • Probably clocking in at #15 or so and 9-3. A banner year for Kirk Ferentz and Iowa—better extend that contract.

Other Observations

  • Shoulda covered the spread against Arkansas, LSU.
  • So let’s just get out of the way how this is gonna go: LSU will lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, it’ll be OSU 1, Clemson 2, Georgia 3, LSU 4. Hooray.
  • If you’re on the couch but not tuned in to Memphis-Cincinnati on Friday, a visual representation of who you are:
sorry thump i’ll stick to my day job

Appalachian State rooting interests:

  • Win out
  • Cincinnati def. Memphis
  • Navy def. Cincinnati
  • Boise State loses

I, for one, have found what I’ll be rooting for the rest of the season.

Poll

What’s the most ridiculous part of these rankings?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Ohio State #1? Come on.
    (8 votes)
  • 71%
    Two SEC teams in the CFP and Alabama at #5? You serious, Clark?
    (176 votes)
  • 2%
    Penn State at #10
    (6 votes)
  • 15%
    Michigan still ranked this high
    (37 votes)
  • 7%
    The continued existence of ranked Iowa
    (19 votes)
246 votes total Vote Now