With Week 10 in the books, and the second CFP rankings coming out tomorrow, it seems clear that five teams have a clear path to the playoffs by winning out: Bama, Clemson, Washington, and Michigan / Ohio State. The case for a two-loss SEC-champ Auburn to get in is there, but it’s also a lot less clear (how would the committee evaluate 2-loss Auburn against Louisville, especially with the rest of the SEC starting to fall apart and bringing down Auburn’s SOR?).
Time will tell, of course, and there’s much in the way of football to be played that could upset the Apple (Cup) cart. Wisconsin could finally find its identity and win the B1G CG. Washington could falter down the home stretch.
But for now, let’s bask in the glory of our respective wins, over our respective foes, with the respective perspective to be gained from each, including:
Listen to all this AND MORE in this week’s Igno Rant Weekly Recap. Then share! Then vote on Tuesday, cry in the shower over the state of our political system, buy some ice cream and eat it with Jameson and Bailey’s, and –finally!– share the podcast one more time.
The two-lane blacktop that serves as the only ingress to the College Football Playoffs — that suburban, gated community of college football’s top 1% — is suddenly in a bit of a traffic jam. Typically at this time of year, we wring our hands over the number of unbeaten teams still in contention. And yet, even though Baylor, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Boise State all had their first sad bus ride of the season… things seem even more confused than before.
Yes, we have THE BIG FOUR unbeatens (Bama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington). And if they win out, then this will be the easiest job the CFP Committee has had yet. But…should one or more falter, we then start the process of determining the best one (or two) loss team(s) ready to step in.
We don’t discuss any of that crap in today’s episode, but we will get into civil engineering and traffic faux pas, so buckle up, listen, comment, and share!
Few things in life are as satisfying as being RIGHT (one of those is winning 4 titles in 7 years). Jeremy believed in his beloved Tigers, and they showed up in a big way against the buffet warriors of Arkansas. They have turned things around and become a legit top-25 team. Happy?
Also: Bama overwhelmed another top-10 opponent. Yawn, I guess.
If you’re not Alabama, you either lost or won a squeaker this weekend. Let Jeremy and Carey take you through how it all breaks down: from NC State’s adoption of the Adam Griffith School of Field Goals to Mark Richt bringing the “big game” mentality to the U.
Goodbye Stanford and Oregon, Hello Washington and Washington State. So long Houston and UNC and Tennessee’s “pixie dust”. Hello to high-octane, HUNH Bama, and Auburn winning with stifling defense, a pounding ground game, and a game manager behind center.
At least the debates were pretty traditional, amirite?
Sure, there was Clemson over Louisville and Tennessee trading hail marys with Georgia, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that North Carolina… UNC at Chapel Hill bested Florida State on a last minute 52-yard FG. Ah, football is indeed heaven.
Is it over? Is the Les Miles era finished for real? We had so much fun with the Mad Hatter in Baton Rouge — and then it was gone, like so much grass in the wind.
Anyhow, a bunch of teams won and about half of ’em lost, but Jeremy and Carey pick through the ones that matter and give you the most Igno Rant analysis you’ve ever set ears upon, including:
Look y’all, with so many teams getting embarrassed and not taking care of business, you gotta take the ball of actual winning all the way into the end zone (or, if you’re an Auburn fan, take that moral victory as far as you can).
If you want to know the definitive Igno Rant analysis of the Auburn and Bama games, then you’ve stumbled upon the right web page.
Look, there just aren’t that many teams dealing with their tweener teams (cupcakes what sit ‘tween big games) like they should. Auburn, Ohio State, and Michigan did it this week. Bama and LSU weren’t ever in danger, but have work to do. Clemson wuz straight up scared. And Georgia? Dang, man, you need a ride home or something?
Still, bigger props go out to Arkansas, Tennessee, and MAC officiating for really taking care of business.
Listen to all the recap havoc and get set: Week 3 is gonna be a fun ‘un!
Hey, Gus. THIS is how you swap QBs.
— IgnoRants (@IgnoRantTalk) September 5, 2016
This was a great weekend of college football. That is, unless you were an up-and-coming team looking to make a statement (Houston, thanks for being the exception that proves the rule). These teams saw their preseason feel-goods dashed against the cold, wet pavement of reality in week one:
Just to name the big ‘uns. Jeremy and Carey break it all down for you in our big ‘ol Week One Recap show.
(we didn’t bring up numbers in the show, but as of Saturday night, Jeremy was 3-4 on picks, Carey was 5-2)