Northwestern's schedule is strong enough that winning out (and beating Ohio State) could vault the Wildcats into the CFP. The road for Cincinnati and others is a bit tougher but not closed.
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AAC Commissioner, Mike Aresco, joins the show to talk about how well Cincinnati is doing but disappointed by the postponement of their game against Temple. He hopes that this will be the year one of his teams gets the chance at the playoff.
- No. 7 Cincy sees Temple game canceled for virus
- Bama, ND, Clemson, OSU lead first CFP rankings
- Bama unanimous No. 1; Northwestern up to 11
- Cincinnati-Tulsa game postponed to Dec. 12
The CFB Pod: The guys look at the first CFB Playoff rankings, preview Notre Dame-UNC, make their Week 13 picks and talk to Rece Davis
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, Notre Dame heading to North Carolina down two offensive linemen, Northwestern surprisingly smashing Wisconsin, David’s Dude of the Week, Coastal Carolina’s offense, Maryland-Indiana, JT Daniels impressing in his Georgia debut and their Week 13 picks. Later, Rece Davis hops on to talk about being in the spotlight with Northwestern’s success, BYU landing at No. 14, a nightmare playoff scenario for Cincinnati, the deck being stacked against the Pac-12 and the start of the college basketball season (48:39).
No. 7 Cincinnati's football game at Temple on Saturday has been canceled and will be declared a no contest due to positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing of athletes at both schools.
Alabama is No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. BYU debuts at No. 14 despite a 9-0 start.
What did we learn from the first College Football Playoff rankings? Let's break it down.
From Alabama to USC, here's what each College Football Playoff team should be looking for during tonight's rankings (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN App).
The CFB Pod: The guys look back on Week 12, look ahead to the first CFP rankings, and discuss the war of words between Clemson and Florida State
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing what they might see in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, BYU turning down a game against Washington, Notre Dame-UNC, Dabo Swinney’s raging against Florida State, Indiana’s near comeback against Ohio State, Northwestern having Wisconsin’s number and the Iron Bowl.
Alabama is now the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, as the top eight teams hold steady. Northwestern, however, jumped up to No. 11 as it remains unbeaten.
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Who controls their own destiny? These are the teams with the best chance to reach the playoff if they win out. Teams like Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State have a clear path. But for teams like USC and Cincinnati, the future is murkier.
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Following its upset win over Wisconsin, Northwestern now has the best Strength of Record in the country. An average top-25 team would have had a 9% chance to record the 5-0 record that the Wildcats have against they faced. Northwestern is just ahead of Alabama, Notre Dame and Cincinnati, respectively.
Ahead of the first College Football Playoff rankings release on Tuesday, we project all the bowl games.
The Allstate Playoff Predictor breaks down which teams have the best chance to make this season's College Football Playoff.
College Football Playoff takeaways: Alabama rolls, Ohio State survives and Northwestern (!) stays in the hunt
Clemson had an unexpected day off and Notre Dame was on a bye as the top four in the CFP race remains unchanged, but unbeaten Northwestern just might give Ohio State problems in the unpredictable Big Ten.
Alabama rolls, while Ohio State is pushed to the limit. Notre Dame has a bye, and Clemson's game against Florida State is postponed. How did Saturday's results influence our writers' College Football Playoff picks after Week 12?
Seventh-ranked Cincinnati's game against No. 25 Tulsa has been moved again in a shuffling of the American Athletic Conference football schedule.
Bill Connelly's in-season "ifs list" answers what certain CFP contenders need to address, or even hope for, before they can actually break through.
Tom Allen says Indiana can be both a basketball and football school. Saturday's game against Ohio State will go a long way to showing if that's true.
Not all conferences have played the same amount of games, but true freshmen are still finding opportunities to contribute on the field.
The CFB Pod: Negandhi and Pollack preview Bedlam, Wisconsin-Northwestern and Ohio State-Indiana. Plus, Jesse Palmer tells a classic Steve Spurrier story
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Bedlam, Oklahoma State’s defense, Spencer Rattler’s prolific play outside of the pocket, Oklahoma State’s offensive line getting pushed around, Cincinnati’s Jarrell White, Wisconsin’s offense, Ohio State-Indiana and their Week 12 picks. Later, Jesse Palmer stops by to talk Mac Jones, Kyle Trask, Ian Book, if College Football Playoff expansion is possible this season, Cincinnati-UCF, Northwestern and Steve Spurrier playing quarterback in practice.