2015 Week 7 University Football Landscape

This is the second season of the College Football Playoffs, interestingly in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.  For 2016-2017, the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl serve as the sites for the national semifinal, to be played on New Year’s Eve.  This is the second year of the CFP and we’re about two weeks away of the announcement on the first set of rankings on November 3rd, 2015.  Who will make the Top 4 in the first set of rankings released from the playoff selection committee.  Will they mirror the current AP Top 25 and feature two teams from the same conference in their initial Top 4?

Week 7 gave some clarity in the national picture, a clarity lacking in Week 6 due to matchups.

Up North

Buckeye Nation has their starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett … he’s at the helm until injury based on his style of aggressive play.  4 total TDs.  Big 10 record 45 TDs last season.  Cardale Jones couldn’t beat out J.T. last season and it took 6 games for him to reclaim his starting job.  Buckeye nation is rejoicing after a convincing pollster pleasing 38-10 victory at home against Penn State.

Michigan’s loss to in state rival Michigan State was perhaps the most shocking end to a university football game in history … A fumbled long snap by Michigan on a punt with 10 seconds in the game led to a mid-air recovery by Michigan State special teams player Jalen-Watts Jackson and a 38 yard TD dash, scoring as the clock hit zero.  The Colorado Hail Mary in 1994 (against Michigan).  The band running onto the field in 1982 in the Cal-Stanford game.  Auburn returning a missed field goal with no time on the clock to end Alabama’s quest for a third straight national championship in 2013 … Michigan State’s finish will be there for a generation to enjoy.

Over on the Atlantic Coast

Clemson remained undefeated, handling Boston College 34-17, and is now ranked 6th in the nation.  Florida State also remained undefeated, 41-21 against Louisville.  A lot of chatter regarding strength of schedule up north in the Big 10 should perhaps be directed to the ACC.  An undefeated ACC champion will take one of the four precious national semifinal slots come New Year’s Eve 2015.

Down South

Alabama defeating Texas A & M 41-23 and LSU defeating Florida in Baton Rouge, 35-28, leaves the south with a lot of football to play.  Nov 7th, LSU @ Alabama will answer questions while Florida, despite the conference loss, controls their own destiny to the SEC Championship while a matchup against #9 Florida State looms at the end of the season.

Out West

3rd ranked Utah.

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