College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: Alabama Overrated, USC Underrated in Latest Top 25

College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: Alabama Overrated, USC Underrated in Latest Top 25

College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: Alabama Overrated, USC Underrated in Latest Top 25

Week 12 college football action featured a wild slate with each of the top four teams in the country struggling to win. Did it rock this week’s edition College Football Playoff Rankings? Not really. The top four remained the same with Georgia at No. 1, Ohio State at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and TCU at No. 4 after its walk-off win over Baylor.

However, there was a shake-up behind the teams ranked in the top four. Among the most notable moves were Tennessee dropping from No. 5 to No. 10 after a loss to unranked South Carolina and North Carolina dropping from No. 13 to No. 17 after losing to Georgia Tech.

So which teams in the updated College Football Playoff rankings are overrated and underrated as we head into the final weekend of the regular season? Let us see.

The two-loss Crimson Tide was ranked No. 7, one spot ahead of one-loss Clemson and three spots ahead of a Tennessee team with the same record it lost to in October. Why? Because of recent bias and the fact that Tennessee just got smoked by unranked South Carolina? That is not a reasonable excuse.

Alabama struggled to beat Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. That’s in addition to “good losses” to No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Tennessee, which CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan referenced on the broadcast. “Play control” is a metric often cited by the committee, and Alabama has struggled to control more plays this year even in wins. The Crimson Tide is No. 7 because of brand recognition – nothing more, nothing less.

Underrated: USC

The Trojans have wins at No. 21 Oregon State and at No. 18 UCLA, the latter of which came in Week 12. That one loss was a wild one-point loss on the road to No. 14 Utah. Why exactly is it behind LSU with two losses? It seems like it’s either more of a nod to the SEC or, conversely, a penalty to the Pac-12.

The Tigers have two losses: a Week 1 loss to No. 16 Florida State and a home loss to No. 10 Tennessee. Their signature wins are over No. 7 Alabama and No. 20 Ole Miss. Those are solid wins, but are they that much better than what USC has put out? No. USC should be rewarded for their 10 wins, not penalized because of conference perception despite having a better resume than a team above them.

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

Oregon gets the benefit of the doubt because it has a “good” loss to top-ranked Georgia in Week 1, although it was a 49-3 blowout in which the Dawgs could have played 70 if they wanted to. The point differential is supposed to matter…at least a little. It seems like Oregon is being rewarded for simply playing Georgia in Atlanta instead of what it actually did on the field in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Underrated: Washington

The 13th ranked Huskies in the “underrated” section go hand in hand with Oregon being listed as “overrated.” Washington defeated Oregon on the road and has a win over No. 21 Oregon State. It must have meaning. The passing attack led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one of the most dynamic in the country, and coach Kalen DeBoer has revived a once-proud program into a contender in just one season.

Washington lost at UCLA, a team Oregon defeated. It also features an inexplicable loss to Arizona State, which clearly resonated within the confines of the meeting room more than the Huskies’ head-to-head win over the Ducks. All things being equal, or at least close to equal, the head-to-head result must matter. Washington is close enough from a resume standpoint to merit a higher ranking than Oregon.

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