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Thoughts and Predictions After Week 12

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Weekend in a Nutshell

Following a chaotic weekend of College Football, the rankings will look much different when they are announced Tuesday night. #1 Mississippi State played awful against #5 Alabama and lost their privilege of being at the top. After Dak Prescott and Mississippi State performed so bad, many are wondering if they were ever dominant to begin with. After Alabama’s victory many believe they may be the top seed going into the College Football Playoff.

Corvallis, Oregon, has proved once again to be the most dangerous region in the country for post-season bound teams in late November. Last night, #6 Arizona State came out flat after a huge blow-out victory over Notre Dame, and was upset by an Oregon State team who still needs to win one more game to become bowl eligible. Not only did the loss hurt, but Arizona State star wideout, Jaelen Strong, left the game with an injury and did not return. With Arizona State’s loss, the Pac-12 South has become an all-out war, with five of the six teams still in contention.

If you are an early riser to watch the 9:00 A.M. games on Saturdays, you will notice almost every time we get a “studio update” we will see Wisconsin runningback, Melvin Gordon, tearing off a long touchdown run versus a mediocre school. Yesterday, versus #16 Nebraska, Melvin Gordon broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s FBS single game rushing record, as he ran for 408 yards and added four scores as well. Gordon may be the highest running back taken in the NFL Draft.

My Top 25:

#1 Florida State Seminoles

#2 Oregon Ducks

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes

#4 TCU Horned Frogs

#5 Alabama Crimson Tide

#6 Baylor Bears

#7 Mississippi State Bulldogs

#8 Georgia Bulldogs

#9 Michigan State Spartans

#10 Wisconsin Badgers

#11 Kansas State Wildcats

#12 UCLA Bruins

#13 Arizona Wildcats

#14 Ole Miss Rebels

#15 Arizona State Sun Devils

#16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

#17 Auburn Tigers

#18 Marshall Thundering Herd

#19 Utah Utes

#20 Colorado State Rams

#21 Missouri Tigers

#22 USC Trojans

#23 Oklahoma Sooners

#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers

#25 Duke Blue Devils

Predicted Playoff Bracket

#1 Florida State Seminoles

The remaining schedule for Florida State is almost a walk in the park, however, they have struggled versus opponents they were supposed to man-handle this season. The biggest plus to Florida State is there resiliency, no matter what the situation. Florida State also remains the only unbeaten which makes them #1 in my mind.

#2 Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s offense has been unstoppable, to say the least. Oregon finishes with Colorado and Oregon State, which should be two easy wins, unless Oregon gets “Corvallis’d” in the Civil War. Mariota is playing perfect football right now and I believe he will keep it up for the remainder of the season.

#3 TCU Horned Frogs

Yes, TCU survived an upset scare yesterday versus an awful Kansas team, but it was because they showed up flat. Their win yesterday has helped them realize they cannot overlook any opponent, and I believe they needed yesterday’s scare as a wake-up call. Trevon Boykin will continue his magic through November and land the Horned Frogs in the playoff.

#4 Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama is coming off of an impressive victory over previously ranked #1 Mississippi State. Alabama still has a very tough road ahead of them as they still play Auburn and if they qualify, the winner of the SEC East, in the SEC Championship Game. If Blake Sims can continue his stellar play, and Alabama can get more production from T.J. Yeldon, they will make the playoff.

First 2 Out: #5 Ohio State, #6 Baylor

Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Austin Geller

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