Week 14: My College Football Playoff Rankings

This week in college football was yet another wild weekend. Number one Alabama got beat by Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Number two Miami got beat by Pittsburgh. The rankings will shift a lot following both of those losses. Alabama will have a tough time getting into the playoffs following their loss.

1. Oklahoma (11-1)

This is a very good Oklahoma Sooners team who has bounced back following a loss to Iowa State. Since that loss, the Sooners are scoring 46 points per game. The Sooners are led by Heisman trophy favorite Baker Mayfield. He has thrown for 37 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. The leading rusher for the Sooners, is Rodney Anderson. He has rushed for 867 yards and tacked on 11 touchdowns. Oklahoma has had significant help from wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. He has 741 yards receiving and 7 touchdown catches. Tight end Mark Andrews has 848 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. The leader of this defense is Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. He has 64 tackles and 17 tackles for loss.

2. Clemson (11-1)

The Clemson Tigers, just like Oklahoma had to bounce back from a tough loss to Syracuse. Since that loss Clemson is averaging 39 points per game. This season Clemson is averaging 457 yards and giving up 290 yards per game. The Tigers quarterback, is Kelly Bryant. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns and rushed for 10 touchdowns. The leading rusher for Clemson is Travis Etienne. He has 679 yards and 11 touchdowns and is averaging 68 yards per game. On the defensive side, the leading tackler is Dorian O’Daniel. He has 90 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.

3. Auburn (10-2)

The Auburn Tigers could be the first two lost team, to make the playoffs. The Tigers suffered a loss to Clemson and LSU. This Auburn team is averaging 37 points and giving up just 16 points per contest. Auburn is carried by their running attack, led by Kerryon Johnson. He has 1,276 yards and 17 touchdowns. The leading passer for the Tigers is Jarrett Stidham. He has thrown for 2,682 yards and 16 touchdowns. The leading tackler for the Tigers, is Deshaun Davis. He has 65 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

4. Wisconsin (12-0)

The Wisconsin Badgers finished off the perfect season at 12-0. The Badgers are scoring 35 points per game and allowing just 12 points per game. The leading rusher for the Badgers is Jonathan Taylor. He has 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. The leading passer for Wisconsin is Alex Hornibrook. He has thrown for 2,157 yards and 21 touchdowns. T.J. Edwards lead this defense in tackles for a loss with 11. The leading tackler for the Badgers is, Ryan Connelly. He has 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

Thanks to college football for this photo

Sneek Peek: Oklahoma vs West Virginia

This isn’t the first time we have seen coach Lincoln Riley and coach Dana Holgorsen, come across each other. These two crossed paths while they both were coaching at Texas Tech.

What’s at stake:

For Oklahoma, all they will need to do is win, and they should be put into the college football playoffs.

Oklahoma’s Strengths:

  • Their ability to run the ball effectively with 4 different backs. The 4 backs are Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon, Abdul Adams and Dimitri Flowers.
  • Ability to throw the ball downfield with extreme accuracy. Baker Mayfield is averaging 11.6 yards per throw and Kyler Murray is getting 16.1 yards per attempt.
  • The offensive line for Oklahoma, does such a great job at opening up a hole and protecting the quarterback. They are known as the best offensive line in the country.
  • The Sooners are very fortunate to have two very great options at the tight end position. The first option is Mark Andrews and the 2nd option is Grant Calcaterra.

Oklahoma’s Weaknesses:

  • The corners on defense. Even though this defense gained two new Freshman with Tre Brown and Tre Norwood they still have room for improvement.
  • The quarterback situation. We still don’t know when Mayfield will be able to enter the game, but until then Kyler Murray will get the start.
  • The Sooners are very young on defense. Being young can be good and bad. The reason it can be bad is because the game is very fast and you don’t want to get caught napping.

West Virginia’s strengths:

  • Offense. Even with quarterback Will Grier not playing due to a broken finger, this offense still has Justin Crawford. Crawford has 7 rushing touchdowns on the season.
  • Defense in big situations. This defense is holding opponents to 33 percent on third down plays.

West Virginia’s weaknesses:

  • Lack of defensive pressure. This defense has just 17 sacks on the season, but they will need to bring there A-game if the want to sack Murray or Mayfield.
  • Quarterback depth. Backup Chris Chugunov will be making the start for Grier. Chugunov completed 14/26 for 189 yards and 1 touchdown last week against Texas.
Justin Crawford (Top) CeeDee Lamb (Bottom)

Breaking News: Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops To Retire

Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops will retire after 18 seasons as the head football coach, Barry Tramel of the Oklahoman reports.

Following this change 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over and lead the team this season.

Stoops leaves Oklahoma with a 190-48 record, 10 conference titles in the Big 12 and a 2001 National Championship.

Stoops also produced a pair of Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks in Jason White and Sam Bradford.

With Stoops out, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz is now the longest tenured FBS coach.

TheLead365 will continue to update this breaking news story.

 

Image result for bob stoops
Thanks Fox Sports for this photo.