College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: LSU Overrated, Tennessee Underrated in Top 25

College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction: LSU Overrated, Tennessee Underrated in Top 25

Its last version 2022 College Football Playoff Rankings Tuesday was released, and the intrigue heading into conference championship weekend has built up big as multiple teams are in contention to grab the final spot in the four-team field.

Georgia Strongly held on to the No. 1 spot, Michigan After peaking at number 2 Ohio State Last weekend and TCU 3 seeded after finishing the regular season 12-0. one-loss USC Slipped into the No. 4 spot, but the Trojans are in a dangerous position as they can’t slip into the Pac-12 Championship Game. If USC falls to No. 11 Utah, it will be leapfrogged by the fifth-ranked Buckeyes or No. 6. Alabama.

The chatter will heat up between now and Election Sunday.

Let’s take a look at who is overrated and underrated in the latest edition of the rankings.

Why on Earth is Tennessee ranked below No. 6 Alabama? Because it has an ugly loss at number 19 South Carolina? It looks better now than it did two weeks ago when the world thought South Carolina was a mediocre SEC East team with no upside. In contrast, Alabama’s loss to No. 14 LSU — A team Tennessee throttled in Baton Rouge — looking worse after losing to the Tigers Texas A&M Last weekend.

Oh, and there’s that pesky little head-to-head matchup on Oct. 15 when the Volunteers topped the Crimson Tide 52-49. It should matter, but apparently it doesn’t. Why? That’s because the star Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker Tore his ACL against South Carolina and Joe Milton now leads? It is considered by the committee, but it is not enough to satisfy me.

Tennessee has a signature win over Alabama and a road win over LSU. What is Alabama’s signature win? A Week 2 win at No. 20 Texas? A home win against No. 24 in late October Mississippi State? Tennessee is being unfairly penalized because it’s not a traditional power. It’s proven it’s worth being in line for a CFP spot if chaos occurs and, at the very least, the SEC’s Sugar Bowl spot if eliminated.

Overrated: No. 14 LSU

The LSU analysis is baked into the analysis of Tennessee and Alabama above, but it really shouldn’t be that big to talk about. There’s no way the Tigers are going to be No. 14 after that loss last weekend in College Station, Texas. They lost 38-23 to an Aggies team that hasn’t scored more than 31 points against an opponent this year, has been ravaged by injuries and hasn’t looked motivated to stretch out during their 6-game losing streak. If Texas A&M can torch LSU’s defense, what about No. 15? State of OregonNo. 16 Oregon or No. 17 UCLA to do? It will get very, very ugly.

A nine-win regular season in coach Brian Kelly’s first year is a remarkable feat, and something few outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana saw coming. But struggled against it Arkansas And then lost to Texas A&M when the target on his back grew. That is the matter.

It seems like all Pac-12 teams are overrated and undeserving of national recognition, and Washington’s No. 12 ranking proves it. The Huskies have the nation’s top passer Michael Penix JrA top-10 receiver in Rome OdunjeA top-five scoring offense (40.8 points per game) and the Pac-12’s second-best defense in terms of yards per game (5.52).

A loss to No. 17 UCLA is understandable, but a loss next week State of Arizona What is holding them back. but Utah — which is one spot ahead of Washington — suffered three losses, one of which was a Florida The team that went 6-6. State of Kansas There are three quite severe losses (No. 18 in comparison, No. 3 TCU and No. 20 Texas), but they’re still three losses. An argument could even be made that Washington’s resume is more impressive than No. 15 Oregon State and No. 16 Oregon. of Clemson Signature wins on No. 13 State of Florida.

Washington deserves to be in the top ten.

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