Week 8 is in the books and we now have another piece to the ever-complicated college football playoff puzzle. It wasn’t the craziest of weeks, but there were still some outcomes that’ll make a major impact down the road.
Let’s start in the Big 10 where the landscape completely shifted with No. 6 Wisconsin losing to Illinois. This caught everyone – including myself – off guard and really came out of nowhere. Now Wisconsin’s playoff hopes are on life support and it’ll need to run the table to even have a chance of making the final four. That includes beating Ohio State next week and squaring off with either Penn State or the Buckeyes for a second time in the Big 10 Championship. Much easier said than done.
Speaking of the Nittany Lions, they came up with a massive victory over Michigan, 28-21. Penn State jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and had to rely on a goal line stand to keep things from heading to overtime. But a win is a win and the Nittany Lions now have won back-to-back games against ranked opponents. Circle your calendars for when Penn State travels to Columbus on the second to last week of the season. That could very well decide who represents the Big 10 in the playoff.
Elsewhere around the country, Oregon knocked off Washington on the road and looks like the only legit team out of the Pac 12. Although they lost to Auburn in the opening week, it was an early loss and a good loss. They’ll need help but I wouldn’t count out the Ducks as a dark horse for the playoff.
Here’s my current Top 10:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
Not much movement in my Top 10 this week. Penn State moved up a spot to No. 6 and Oregon jumped up to No. 7 but other than that, every team remained the same. I have no idea of what to think about Clemson. Are they good? There’s no real way of knowing because the ACC is a pile of garbage. My brain tells me they’re good because it’s Clemson but that shouldn’t be the reason they make the playoff. Eventually these teams will all have to play each other so we’ll know more in the coming weeks.