College Football Playoff Rankings: Alabama overrated, USC underrated last Top 25

College football in Week 12 featured a wild slate with each of the top four teams in the nation battling for wins. Did you rock it this week’s edition of Football world ranking? Not right. The top four remained unchanged with Georgia in #1, Ohio State in #2, Michigan in #3 and TCU in #4 after a win over Baylor.

However, there was change behind the teams ranked in the top four. Notable among the moves was Tennessee dropping from No. 5 to No. 10 after a blowout loss to South Carolina and unranked North Carolina from No. 13 to No. 17 after losing to Georgia Tech.

So what difference are the updated College Football Playoff rankings being overrated and underrated as we head into the final weekend of the regular season? lets take alook.

The twice-lost Crimson Tide was seventh, one ahead of Clemson and three points ahead of a Tennessee team with the same losing record in October. why? Because of modernity bias and the fact that unranked South Carolina smokes Tennessee? This is not a logical excuse.

Alabama struggled to beat Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss, in addition to “good losses” to No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Tennessee, which CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan noted on the broadcast. “Control of the game” is a metric often cited by the panel, and Alabama has struggled to dominate many games this year even in wins. The Crimson Tide is #7 because of brand recognition – nothing more, nothing less.

Underrated: USC

The Trojans beat No. 21 Oregon State and No. 18 UCLA, the latter of which came in Week 12. Their only loss was a grueling one-point defeat on the road to No. 14 Utah. Why exactly are LSU’s two losses behind? It appears to be either a nod to the SEC or, conversely, a penalty for the Pac-12.

The Tigers have two losses: a Week 1 loss to No. 16 Florida State and a blowout loss at home to No. 10 Tennessee. Their signature wins are over No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss. These are solid wins, but they are that Much better than what USC published? No, USC should be rewarded for 10 wins, not penalized for perceiving the conference despite having a better resume than a team above it.

The twice-lost Ducks are ranked #9 after a 20-17 win over Utah, which is a great win, don’t get me wrong. However, they removed two weeks from a home loss to No. 13 Washington that snapped their 23-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon benefits from the uncertainty as it had a “good” loss against top-ranked Georgia in Week 1, though it was a 49-3 blowout as the Dogs could have put up 70 if they wanted to. The point differential is supposed to matter…at least a little bit. It seems Oregon is being rewarded for simply playing Georgia in Atlanta rather than what it actually did on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Underrated: Washington

The Huskies go 13th in the “underrated” section along with Oregon being listed as “overrated”. Washington defeated Oregon State on the road and beat No. 21 Oregon State. It must matter. The passing offense, led by quarterback Michael Bennix Jr., is one of the most dynamic in the country, and Coach Kalin DeBoer has revived a program he was proud of in just one season.

Washington lost to UCLA, the team that Oregon defeated. It also has an inexplicable loss to Arizona, which resonates more clearly within boardroom confines than the Huskies’ outright win over the Ducks. If all things are equal, or at least close to equal, the immediate consequence must matter. Washington is close enough from a resume standpoint that it deserves a higher ranking than Oregon.

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