Another week, anther opportunity to rank the one-loss teams around college football. The College Football Playoff selection committee will make some interesting decisions later this week when it meets to put together its third batch of rankings on Tuesday. What fans will want to know is whether or not Alabama or TCU will move into the seemingly coveted number four spot. But there are other things to consider as well.
Where does one-loss Arizona State rank?
Will the committee re-evaluate Ohio State?
Is Baylor all of a sudden back in the mix?
If we can simply adjust the most recent playoff ranking and slide teams up, then the next top four will likely be Mississippi State, Florida State, Oregon and Alabama. TCU and Arizona State would be the first two teams out.
With all due respect to Colorado State, here are your one-loss teams by power conference;
Yes, Duke is sitting down there with one loss (at Miami). The Blue Devils are the lowest ranked one-loss team in the nation, so it looks like David Cutcliffe’s program will continue to be on the outside looking in. Duke is on pace to return to the ACC Championship Game, where they would likely be paired up with a rematch against Florida State.
Big 12: Baylor, TCU
Let the debate wage on. If TCU and Baylor end the season with one loss a piece, would the committee give higher praise to a stronger overall body of work by TCU or Baylor with the head-to-head victory over TCU? The committee expects to give weight to head-to-head results, but Baylor-TCU seems to have been the exception early on.
Big Ten: Ohio State, Nebraska
Ohio State picked up a major win at Michigan State, something Nebraska was unable to do. It would seem the Buckeyes are now the team with the best shot at ending the season with one loss out of the Big Ten, but can they overcome an early season loss at home to Virginia Tech in the eyes of the committee? We will get a better idea this week with the new rankings. Nebraska can still make a case as well by ending the season with one loss, and a game against Wisconsin this week.
Pac-12: Oregon, Arizona State
It looks as though Oregon and Arizona State are now on a collision course for the Pac-12 Championship Game at the end of the season. Oregon has already clinched its spot in the game, but the Sun Devils are still looking to rise from the crowded Pac-12 South. Arizona State is not out of the woods just yet, with a regular season finale at a dangerous Arizona team (just ask Oregon). Perhaps the good news for those outside the Pac-12 is one of these two teams is likely to be guaranteed a loss before the playoff committee makes its final decision.
SEC: Alabama (Mississippi State?)
Alabama is now the only one-loss team in the SEC after getting out of LSU with a win and Auburn losing at home. The Crimson Tide appear to be a team in control of their path to the playoff. Alabama hosts Mississippi State this week, but will it be a true elimination game? A second loss for Alabama would likely take them out of the running, but where would a one-loss Mississippi State fit in this discussion? Behind Alabama, for sure, but behind Oregon, TCU, Arizona State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Baylor?
So have at it College Football Talk readers. Which one-loss team would you rank ahead of all the others. Share your comments below and let the debates carry on.