The second edition of the 2014 College Football Playoff Rankings have been revealed. We know how EXCITED you are about this, given off that SUPER (over)DRAMATIC INTRODUCTION to the show on ESPN. Your fingers are pulsating, your heart's palpitating, and you're breathing deeply right now. And breathe deeply you should. THIS, at the start of November, is what it's ALL about.
Okay, let's slow down here. There's PLENTY OF TIME to make moves in the rankings. Plenty more important games. Now, with all that said, here's what the rankings look like in its second form:
|7||Kansas State||Big 12|
|8||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|14||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|23||West Virginia||Big 12|
So, let's start off with a few things that stick out here:
Ole Miss made a tremendous tumble in the past week, after falling in heartbreaking fashion to Auburn over the weekend. With that said, they still remain ahead of a few one-loss teams, namely Ohio State, who has been gaining traction over the past few weeks. With the loss of LaQuon Treadwell for the Rebels, it's going to be interesting to see where they continue to be ranked in the coming weeks. They still have a couple big games left -- particularly the Egg Bowl against No. 1 Mississippi State at the conclusion of the season. Their National Title hopes may have been dashed, but with any luck, they still might be able to wreak havoc as a spoiler.
After Oregon's dumptrucking of Stanford in Autzen, the Ducks have flown their way into the Top 4. The Top 3 held serve after all three teams (Mississippi State, Florida State, and Auburn) all were victorious in their last encounters. The "interesting" thing might be Alabama being closer to the Top 4 than TCU, who is coming off of a victory against West Virginia in Morgantown. Alabama, comparatively, won against the Mountaineers on a neutral field in Week 1.
Notre Dame was usurped by Arizona State despite both teams being victorious on Saturday. These two teams will be clashing in Tempe, Arizona this coming week, so it's safe to say this could prove to be an elimination game in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Ramped up intensity? You bet.