CFP Rankings Eve: ESPN’s Anthony Becht on a College Football Shakeup
Not only did Penn State's national championship hopes take a hit this past weekend, so too may have Saquon Barkley's Heisman chances. Outside of returning the opening kickoff against Ohio State on Saturday, Barkley was held to 44 yards on 21 carries in a 39-38 loss to the Buckeyes. Barkley is still the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy but in a game that lended itself to making the award an open and closed case, the Nittany Lions running back didn't distance himself from the rest of the field. And based on J.T. Barrett's performance, you can throw him into the mix.
As for the top 4 teams in the country, once the College Football Playoff committee announces them Tuesday night, Penn State will no longer be part of the immediate conversation. Despite just the one loss, teams like Ohio State and Notre Dame, also with one loss, will be either in the top 4 or closer to it than Penn State. Speaking of Notre Dame, Josh Adams is the best running back no one, or at least very few people, are talking about. For all of Barkley's theatrics, Adams might be the best home run hitter carrying the football. He has seven runs of more than 60 yards this season and, if not for a 1 point loss to undefeated Georgia, the Irish too would be unbeaten.
ESPN college football analyst Anthony Becht joined Big Board Sports to break down the playoff picture: