Goz’s Top 25 College Football Poll (Week 12)
For the second consecutive season, I’ll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. My poll philosophy all season long has been ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty-five best in the country following that given week’s games. Below are my rankings and comments about each week’ biggest shake-up and changes. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know below or on Twitter @TomGozz
8) Ohio State
9) Notre Dame
10) Central Florida
11) Penn State
14) Oklahoma State
16) Mississippi State
20) West Virginia
21) Washington State
22) NC State
23) South Florida
24) Michigan State
Miami and Oklahoma impressive-The Hurricanes and Sooners both had big nationally televised games against Top 10 opponents and they both ended in blow out victories. Both teams control their own destiny in regards to the college football playoff. Their toughest game will both be in the conference title game in the first weekend of December.
Wisconsin is in the same boat- A 10-0 Big Ten is getting no love? I understand this year's Wisconsin Badgers are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Iowa team that was undefeated ending into the conference title before losing to Michigan State just a few years ago. The Badgers program has continued to get Rose Bowls but because of their lack of impressive wins this year, they are not getting any love nationally. I have the Badgers at #4 controlling their future as well.
Mississippi State jumped up four spots and lost?- I know this could be the most criticized part of the poll this week. However why shouldn't the Bulldogs move up? Mississippi State was the closest I've seen to any team beating Alabama. It's similar to the Iowa-Penn State to earlier this year. We need to factor in all four quarters and not just the end result when evaluating teams.
Will a 2 loss team get in?- Likely not. Auburn and Notre Dame have two losses but they will have to jump over a Power 5 one loss team (Clemson, Oklahoma, Miami, Alabama). This seems very unlikely to happen.
Tom “Goz” Goslowski is both a Heisman Trophy voter and College Football Hall of Fame Voter. You can hear him weekdays on Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team ESPN Radio Albany.