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CFB Mailbag: Absorbing Your Confusion and Anger

If there is one thing I learned with our first CFB Mailbag it is that despite the playoff changes, people are still confused and angry with college football – and that is part of its beauty! I try to shed some light on the answers that were sent my way this week from around the world of college football.

Can you explain how the hell bama jumped all the way to the top in playoff rankings? –tony

Nick Saban Alabama

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I had a lot of questions about how good Alabama actually was heading into last Saturday.  They should have lost to LSU and barely skimmed by Arkansas.  They do have a loss in the cowbell-ringing hell that is Oxford, MS, but maybe you haven’t heard – the SEC is super good at football, you guys!

But they handled the No.1-ranked team in the country (whether Miss St. was the best team is another discussion entirely), and the score was much closer than the game.  Granted, that was Bama’s first win against a team who currently has less than four losses, but it was impressive.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter that Bama jumped from No.5 to No.1, because they will either drop another game, or they will beat Auburn and win the SEC.  If the latter happens, they were going to be No.1 anyway, so might as well make the jump this week.

If you had to pick a darkhorse in the Heisman race who’d it be? –Chuck

I don’t know that JT Barrett is dark horse anymore, but the award currently seems like a two-horse race between Marcus Mariota and Melvin Gordon.  Barrett is on track to break total TD and yardage marks are Ohio State, and if the Buckeyes smack Wisconsin in the Big10 Championship, and Oregon slips up and dumps to Oregon State or UCLA in the PAC12 Championship, you could hear JT’s name called in New York.

Give your prediction for who the 4 playoff teams will be. –sinbad (not really but it’d be badass if it was my name)

This is tricky, but if you assume all teams in the Top 7 win out ( which won’t happen – it’s college football, people!)  The question becomes is Ohio State’s Big10 Championship game win enough to jump TCU and Mississippi state, who will both be idle.  I think it is.

  1. Alabama   2. Oregon    3. Florida State    4. Ohio State

I cant figure out why fsu is still ranked high – they play nobody! Explain that. –Jimmie

It’s simple really; they’re undefeated.  Sure, they should have lost a couple games this year, but they ran through college football a year ago, and although they appear beatable, they won’t lose.  You will never be able to keep an undefeated team from a power 5 conference out of a four team playoff.

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Who has been best coach in CFB this year? –Chaw

It’s hard to argue with Dan Mullen from Mississippi State.  Even though they lost to Bama this week, he used a freshman quarterback to create a Top 4 power in the SEC West.  And remember, the Bulldogs were unranked to begin the season.

Is TCU really one of the top teams? Their defense is shit bruh! –Pat

Their defense is terrible, but so is everyone’s in the Big12.  I think the committee is beginning to realize that the Big12 may have been a bit overrated this year (*cough* Oklahoma *cough*), but TCU, and Baylor for that matter deserve to be in the discussion.  The lack of a championship game is going to keep the Big12 out of the playoff, so get ready for an offseason of scrambling to create one.

No one givin jt barett any love for hiseman race. Media still hate the bucks or what? –Tyson

I have Barrett in my top 3, as do a lot of people in the media, and he absolutely deserves to be there.  It’s actually been a strange feeling to watch ESPN and see the love they have received since their win over Michigan State.  Barrett will be in New York, but it will take some major slip ups from Mariota and Gordon to win it.

Who are your top 10 teams? – Bo

  1. Dak Prescott Mississippi State

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  2. Alabama
  3. Mississippi State
  4. Ohio State
  5. Florida State
  6. Baylor
  7. TCU
  8. Michigan State
  9. UCLA
  10. Georgia

Best play of the year so far? Most impressive win? –Brett

Had Kansas held on to beat TCU this would undoubtedly be in contention.

Most impressive win goes to the Buckeyes for going in to East Lansing at night and coming out with a two-score win, which could have been three or four scores if not for some special teams blunders.

Tell me USC is gona be as good as it looks. They have tons potential! –Sean

As always, there is a lot of talent at USC and a bright future ahead, but this season isn’t over yet.  A win against UCLA this weekend could have the Trojans eyeing a PAC12 championship game.


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