The third batch of College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday night, and it came with some interesting changes. Oregon, with one loss, passed undefeated Florida State for second in the rankings. TCU stayed ahead of Baylor and snuck into the top four ahead of Alabama, the Crimson Tide still waiting on the door step for a second straight week.
It seems I say this every week — and I admit time is starting to run out — but the only thing any team needs to focus on now is winning games, not a ranking by a chosen committee. The work is still out there to be done to make a case for the College Football Playoff. So forget about arguing between TCU and Baylor for now, and do not get upset about Oregon slipping past Florida State for the second spot in the ranking. We still have a few more weeks of college football to play, and plenty to still be determined.
This week Alabama hosts Mississippi State. Alabama has been itching to get into the top four since the debut of the rankings. This is their opportunity. A win against Mississippi State would very likely put Alabama in the top four with a couple of more games to play. But where would Mississippi State fall? If it is a clsoe call in Tuscaloosa, could Mississippi State remain among the top four? Again, don’t worry about that now, because Mississippi State still has to play Ole Miss as well.
It may be fun to debate something as trivial as a ranking in mid-November, but we still have a few more weeks of games to play and a slate of conference championship games to get through. The tension is tightening, but the time to worry about what team is ranked where is still on deck.
Nobody is in just yet.